It’s no secret that Australians do brunch better than anywhere else in the world and whilst living in the UK I really missed weekend brunching in the sunshine. Since settling back in Port Macquarie Dan and I have made it our mission to try as many of the fantastic cafes and restaurants in town so that we can honestly tell you the very best places to dine if you are planning a trip to our beautiful beachside town. Also, we absolutely love food and dining out and it hasn’t taken me long to convert Dan into a brunch lover! Last Sunday was a beautiful day and after a morning at the beach we decided to try Four Espresso’s brunch and coffee and were delighted with our choice!
We woke up really early on Sunday morning and it was really hot already, and shaping up to be the hottest Spring day so far! We headed down to Shelly Beach which is one of our favourite beaches and Dan went for a surf whilst I walked along Shelly, Nobbys & Flynns Beaches. There really is nothing better than a beach walk in the morning to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised, ready to start your day!
We were in need of coffee and food after our morning at the beach and so headed into town in search of just that. My parents had been to Four Espresso cafe the week before and said they’d had a great coffee there and it wasn’t too busy so we decided to check it out.
We started with coffee and juice, and the coffee was absolutely delicious! If you’re looking for an amazing coffee then go visit Si, their superstar Barista who would have to be without a doubt one of the best baristas in all of Port Macquarie! Four Espresso has tables both inside and on the sidewalk. We chose to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy everything going on around us.
After our very active morning at the beach we were both absolutely starving and the menu looked incredible with countless delicious options and it was also very reasonably priced. I’ve missed Australian brunch so much the last few years and am always a big fan of smashed avocado! It was a tough decision but I decided on the sourdough with smashed avocado, goats cheese, rocket, a poached egg and topped with dukkah. It was presented beautifully and together it all tasted incredible and was really filling! I was especially impressed with the beautifully poached egg which was the best poached egg I’ve had in a long time (I mean look how perfect it looks)!
Dan chose the sourdough with portobello mushroom, ricotta, kale pesto, poached egg and bacon. Each element of the dish was packed with flavour and created an incredibly delicious dish. I had a taste of the kale pesto and it was absolutely divine, it was something that I would try to make at home but it wouldn’t taste half as good as this one! Dan’s poached egg wasn’t quite as perfect as mine as it was slightly overcooked but still tasted fine. As with my dish it was really filling, flavoursome and satisfying.
For our coffees, juice and brunch we paid less than $40 which was fantastic and certainly a very affordable, enjoyable and delicious option in Port Macquarie. Whilst we’re planning on trying to visit as many of the cafes and restaurants as we can in Port Macquarie, we’d certainly return for both the brunch and coffee, as well as to try some of their delicious looking raw cakes and slices!