Eats_ starting from scratch; va-va-voom in brighton

I’m torn. Avocado and poached egg recipes Food or conversation? A long overdue catch-up with girlfriends calls for maximum chat time, but we’ve nabbed a table at Mercado, one of the most popular new eateries in town, and the food deserves serious attention, too. Avocado and egg breakfast recipe It’s a stiff competition. Avocado and egg recipes buzzfeed We compromise, knowing the set menu will save us at least half an hour of discussions and negotiations, and get stuck in.

The latest arrival in the CBD’s Ash Street precinct, Mercado is sandwiched between Martin Place and the Ivy complex and perfectly positioned for both city diners and concertgoers spilling in and out of the City Recital Hall opposite. Recipe for baked avocado and egg While the menu is predominantly Spanish/Mediterranean, the basement space is more New York, with lovely heritage details, and plenty of timber and brass, including a feature staircase that leads you nowhere.

Chef Nathan Sasi (formerly of Nomad) makes almost everything from scratch – including pickles, cheese, superb charcuterie and bread – and roasts meat on a spit. Avocado and egg breakfast pizza Our meal is a feast of shared dishes, kicking off with salt-cod croquettes, textbook-crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy within, and “Fish ‘n’ Chips”, superbly smoky tarama with finely sliced potato crisps. Avocado and egg in oven Both are perfect, salty foils for my sweet, and slightly-too-easy-to-quaff, Manzanilla Martinez cocktail. Healthy egg and avocado breakfast Buffalo milk ricotta, just one of the cheeses made in house, is drizzled with truffled honey and oregano. Avocado and boiled egg breakfast We smear it on doorstopper slices of malty, lightly grilled sourdough. Avocado and egg breakfast sandwich Mortadella, also heady with truffle, is accompanied by surprisingly hot guindilla peppers, while gently spicy chorizo is cut with a sharp mojo verde. Avocado and egg An ethereally crisp brik stuffed with feta and greens is fried in butter and a vegetarian’s dream.

We bow to our inner gourmands and order an additional dish of Turkish ravioli, plump with wood-roasted pumpkin and doused in yoghurt sauce. Avocado and egg in microwave It’s simultaneously sweet, creamy and tangy with the lightest, thinnest pasta I’ve eaten in years. Avocado and egg yolk face mask Divine. Avocado and egg breakfast Meanwhile, the rotisseried Milly Hill lamb is pink and juicy with crisp, caramelised skin, and served with preserved lemon salsa, sea salt and garlic aioli. Baked avocado and egg recipes With dripping potatoes and dukkah-sprinkled carrots, it’s the meat and two veg of your dreams, which improve with a glass of tempranillo from the Spanish-strong list. Egg and avocado sandwich recipes Generous servings make this feast a bargain; by the end I’ve gathered multiple doggy bags, with mortadella sandwiches a lunchbox hit the next day.

We dig deep to find our betsubara for two desserts including the poetically named “Fat from Heaven” a silky baked custard originally created by nuns from Jerez using the egg yolks left over from clarifying the wines. Avocado egg and bacon We’re still talking as we roll into the night, fuelled by fine food and gracious hospitality. Avocado and egg on toast healthy I think I call that a draw.

Not to be confused with Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD, Superrandom is a rather more modest but nonetheless super affair, bringing some culinary va-va-voom to a quiet patch of New Street, Brighton. Avocado and egg health benefits A delightfully downmarket venue, the cafe’s floors are unpolished concrete, the tables are fashioned out of piles of bricks topped with a piece of timber secured by a clamp (all occupational health and safety-approved, don’t worry) and the stools are similarly spartan; choose a spot next to a wall if you want something to lean against. Baked avocado and egg breakfast A cosy room up the back offers more natural light and is strewn with hanging plants, each on its own timber swing, while industrial pendant lights dangle from the roof.

Befitting the site, the food is fast and homely – think jaffles with fillings ranging from Heinz baked beans and tasty cheese to 12-hour roast lamb shoulder with tomato relish. How to use avocado and egg for hair There are fancier brioche bun sliders stuffed with scrambled eggs, spinach, bacon and chilli mayonnaise, baguettes, muffins and a range of pastries – all perfectly paired with superb coffee.

If it’s a more substantial breakfast you’re after, though, or slightly more swish environs, head to the newly opened, confusingly titled Superrandom Cafe just a couple of shops up the road. Avocado egg oven recipe Designed by neighbouring architect Nick McKimm, it’s a smart, serene space served by floor to ceiling windows, a commodious front courtyard and a clean aesthetic of polished concrete, white tiles and pale benchwood chairs.

Whether it’s a simple breakfast dish or more elaborate lunch offering, everything comes to the table looking picture-perfect, with utmost attention paid to the garnishes. Avocado egg and oil hair treatment The house-made ramen with chicken and pork broth and pork belly was delicately topped with boiled egg, a crisp pile of bean shoots and scratchings of fresh chilli, while a basic-sounding toasted muesli was elevated by a colourful flourish of flanned pear and sliced strawberry.

Feel like something a bit stodgier? The bacon and tomato sanga with black sesame avocado, basil mayo and lettuce should do the trick, or go all out and order the Random breakfast, a feast of Toulouse sausage, crunchy potato croquette, blistered vine tomatoes, sour dough toast and relish.

A modest wine list favours reasonably priced locals, starting from $48 a bottle, and if hair of the dog is in order, you could do worse than a cocktail from The Everleigh Bottling Company: its premium pre-mixed drinks are excellent.