355 Grey Street, Hamilton
Hamilton East has certainly changed since my University days, over 10 years ago. There used to only be a sports bar, bakery and a few fast food outlets, and now Grey Street is bustling with cafés and restaurants.
On a recent trip to the ‘Tron, we stopped for brunch at the Grey Street Kitchen. The place was filled to the rafters, but we managed to secure an outside table, perfect to enjoy the rare glimpse of sun in the wet week that was.
The menu offers your traditional brunch faire, including four different Eggs Benedict dishes, and they have specials and cabinet food that are more ‘lunchy’.
The husband ordered their Savoury Beef Mince, served with Ciabatta ($14.50), which he thought was “OK”, but he declared his flat white (Supreme, Boxer Blend) as “fantastic”.
I’m a big fan of Haloumi Cheese, so I couldn’t go past the Fried Haloumi brunch offering on the menu ($14.50). The dish included a huge slice of Haloumi on top of spinach and Ciabatta (with dill chilli butter), topped with a poached egg, and roasted cherry tomatoes on the side. It looked as stunning as it tasted and was the most interesting brunch meal I’ve consumed in a long time.
In my attempt to deny that winter is really upon us, I enjoyed a glass of iced chocolate. The iced chocolate was topped with a good ‘ole chocolate fish and included a huge dollop of ice cream, yet wasn’t overly sweet – totally delicious.
Improvements: Maybe table service rather than ordering at the counter, as it makes it easier to add on more drinks throughout the meal. They should also look to include a few more lunch type options on the menu.
In a nutshell: A great breakfast stop when visiting Hamilton.