Groundhog granola no more when you reach Higher Ground

HIGHER GROUND, CAULIFLOWER SCRAMBLED EGGS. PHOTO: CARMEN ZAMMIT

HIGHER GROUND, CAULIFLOWER SCRAMBLED EGGS. PHOTO: CARMEN ZAMMIT

White walls, chalkboards and brunch queues … this city’s cafes can feel pretty “same same”, rehashing fritters with an egg on top, bowls of stuff and scooped out avocado.

If you’ve grown tired of groundhog granola and are willing to make a trip into the CBD, you’ll be rewarded handsomely at my new favourite “whenever, whatever” eatery, Higher Ground.

This converted power station pumps out breakfast, lunch and even (Thursday through Sunday) dinner, with the Uber-equivalent of a menu: disruptive and infinitely convenient.

Plenty of green stuff both great and small, depending on your appetite; burnished peas with beach banana, and Kale salad with hummus and puffed brown rice.

Yet there’s no high-horse here; instead, there’s a cockle-warming semolina pudding with blueberries, and even chocolate cheesecake brownie.

But one item that deserves to be on every docket in that kitchen, my brunch dish of 2016, is the cauliflower scrambled eggs.

House-made flatbread that’s fluffy in the middle echoes the fluffiness of the scramble itself; cauliflower, puréed and fresh, is offset with deep-fried curry leaves and aromats, serving up spicy subcontinental realness.

Perch, or lounge, scoff or sip, and if you happen to spy a particularly smug looking character in tortoiseshell specs, be sure to give her a high-five.

 

WE LOVE …

Semolina porridge & shrub sodas. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Semolina porridge & shrub sodas. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Flexible seating. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Flexible seating. Photo: Carmen Zammit

HIGHER GROUND. PHOTO: CARMEN ZAMMIT.

HIGHER GROUND. PHOTO: CARMEN ZAMMIT.

SUGAR SNAPS, HUMMUS, OLIVE BREAD. Photo: Carmen Zammit

SUGAR SNAPS, HUMMUS, OLIVE BREAD. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Photo: Carmen Zammit

Photo: Carmen Zammit

HUMMUS. Photo: Carmen Zammit

HUMMUS. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Higher Ground. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Higher Ground. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Tomato w/stracciatella + olive bread. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Tomato w/stracciatella + olive bread. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Photo: Carmen Zammit

Photo: Carmen Zammit

 

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