On one of the busiest days of the year, it can be difficult to get through a busy morning without feeling like you’ve run out of options.
On Saturday morning, the Australian public woke up to a flood of food options for breakfast.
While it’s great to have options, there’s still so much more to eat.
“The majority of the restaurants are open until 11am,” says James Jones, the executive chef of the Sydney restaurant The Roxy.
“But that’s a good thing because the majority of our guests don’t come in until 1pm, so if they are not there by 1pm they’re not likely to be able to get into the restaurant and eat.”
Jones says while many people may be able at some point to sit down at a cafe or take a walk to a nearby pub or bar, they tend to eat out more often when they are already hungry.
“So a lot of the people who go in there, they don’t necessarily come in for a meal, they’re there to eat,” Jones says.
“They’re just eating for the sake of eating.”
Jones’ restaurant, which is located on the NSW border, is a traditional diner.
“The idea of a diner is that it’s a place where you can get your fix of food, which in Australia, is normally between two and five hours,” Jones explains.
“It’s like a food truck, which means it’s basically a place that has people sitting around and you’re not getting in the way of their business.”
When we started out, it was just us, our three guys, and a couple of tables.
We’ve now grown to the point where we have two and a half full tables.
“The Roxy is the kind of restaurant that attracts people from all walks of life, from the very small, to the very large.”
Jones describes his restaurant as a place for the locals to “just chill out” and relax. “
I think people will just come because they want to, but also because it’s an opportunity to socialise.”
Jones describes his restaurant as a place for the locals to “just chill out” and relax.
It’s a concept that has also appealed to many other Australian restaurants, including the famed The Prawn Bar.
“I think what we do at The Pawn Bar is it’s actually a really nice place for people to go to,” says Pawn’s manager, James O’Brien.
“We get a lot more people to come in because we’re not just a pub, we’re a lounge.”
The Prawn has been in business since the 1920s, but it’s only opened its doors to the public in 2016.
“What we try to do, is really make it a place you can sit down and have a beer and a meal,” O’Briens says.
“We have a nice menu with some really good Australian food and we serve all the other food here, too.”
The menu is very much influenced by the regional culture of Sydney.
“For example, our burgers are really local,” O’sBrien says.
O’Brien says that while most of the menu will be familiar to Australian diners, some dishes will be slightly different.
“They may have some Australian flavours,” he says.
In the past, the menu has included fried fish, chicken, and seafood.
But O’Mara has recently expanded the menu to include a variety of vegetables.
“There are now all these vegetables that you can choose from,” he explains.
The menu changes based on the seasons, with a few seasonal items being limited to certain days of year.
“It’s always seasonal, so the fish is only available on Saturdays, for example,” O’driens adds.
As well as the standard menu, The Pwnery also has an “all-you-can-eat” menu, offering burgers, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
The Pwny also serves up a full bar, where guests can drink a beer or a glass of wine, and order their favourite breakfast dishes, like a bacon roll or an omelette.
But there are also some very special events, like the annual Bitter Orange Christmas, where the restaurant serves up delicious treats and music during the festive season.
“Our menu changes from year to year,” O’mara says.