ON a chilly morning Dan and I rugged up and ventured to Nic and Kolo in Applecross to sample their brunch offering.
We arrived and waited to be seated. We chose to sit indoors as it was warmer but in spring it would be lovely to sit in the al fresco area.
The design of the restaurant is minimalist with some modern finishes. That created a really nice airy vibe, especially as we were sat at a full-length glass window.
Once seated water was brought straight to the table and we were able to peruse the menu. After some hard decisions from their comprehensive all-day brunch menu, I ordered a ginger ninja juice ($5.50) and the mushrooms and kale ($22), and Dan ordered the jack rose juice ($5.50) and the mac and cheese eggs benedict ($23).
Our juices were brought out really quickly. The ginger ninja juice consisting of carrot, apple, ginger and turmeric, it was nice and refreshing and hopefully immune boosting to prevent the winter lurgy. Dan’s jack rose juice was sweeter and contained apple, lemon, strawberry and mint and was also refreshing.
We both were looking forward to our meals although we had to wait a while for our food. When it arrived we dug in with vigour and it was worth the wait.
My mushrooms and kale came with poached eggs, fetta, rye bread, salsa verde and hazelnut crumbs. The serving of mushrooms was very generous and they were cooked to perfection. The kale was light and crunchy adding a crispy element which was delicious. The salsa verde and fetta balanced the richness of the dish creating a fresh flavour ensuring that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The mac and cheese eggs Benedict included panko crumbed macaroni cheese, asparagus, pancetta, parmesan, hollandaise sauce and poached eggs. It was a hearty brunch perfect for the cold day. The crispy fried parcels of mac and cheese topped with egg and hollandaise with asparagus and bacon on the side were delicious and Dan’s only complaint was he just wished there was more of it.
Overall, the food was delicious, the table service was lovely, the menu very comprehensive although the long wait for food was a little disappointing.
Nic and Kolo
45 Ardross Street, Applecross
0451 197 488 or 9364 9496.
Open Tues: 7am – 4.30pm;
Wed – Sat: 7am – 10pm;
Sun: 7am – 4.30pm. Mon: closed