So Fatterday is a concept that has grown out of our (Lex, Em, Mr O & my) slight obsession with dining out, having a few drinks and all things related to food. Our first two attempts were more or less prototypes which we tweaked along the way to finally develop into what we have here. An all day eating festival.
Choosing restaurants/cafes for Fatterday is a hard thing to do, we set up a small committee and go over the pros and cons of each cuisine, menu, location and preference. When we finally do decide on the ‘hit list’ it is time to book. But in the case of Three Blue Ducks it was more a case of sending in Mr O to secure a spot while I weaved around the streets of Paddington to pick up Em.
Three Blue Ducks first opened its doors in September 2010 by three mates – Mark (chef), Chris (barista) and Sam (front of house). In late 2011, The Ducks’ next door neighbour, Jeff, approached the boys about a merger. One thing lead to another and the Three Blue Ducks took over the pizza shop across the alley and expanded their little café. In the merger the Three Blue Ducks became four. A few months later they were ready to open for dinner but realised they needed extra hands on deck. Good friend of the boys and ex-Tetsuya’s head chef, Darren Robertson, was recruited and became the fifth Duck.
The philosophy of Three Blue Ducks resonates with the locals and has made the café/restaurant a popular spot in Bronte. Receiving a review of 15/20 by Terry Durack in the SMH and 36/50 by Simon Thomsen on taste.com.au, Three Blue Ducks has been the talk of the town over the last few months and that is of course how it made its way onto our ‘hit list’ for Fatterday.
poached eggs, spinach, sauce hollandaise and ocean trout ($19.00).
Eggs for breakfast is just something that works for me, I’m not a fan of sweet breakfast food like pancakes with berries and the likes. Generally I lean towards poached eggs because I just love the yolk oozing all over everything else on the plate. The poached eggs became a no brainer when I saw that it came with hollandaise and trout. Served with herb buttered pieces of crusty toast; there was a grilled half of tomato with garlic and basil as well as a wonderfully cooked piece of trout and two perfectly poached eggs. I loved that the hollandaise was served in a separate container so you could administer the amount you wanted to be smeared over everything. The dish really worked for me, never having eaten a grilled fish and egg breakfast it is something I will try to cook one day myself.
scrambled eggs with black sausage, dill cucumber yoghurt salad and red currant jam ($19.00).
If it was the poached eggs that drew me towards the trout dish it was definitely the black sausage that grabbed Mr O’s attention. Supremely crispy fried black pudding doused generously with current jam looked rather impressive I must admit. Flashes of food envy aside, the cucumber yoghurt did seems somewhat out of place and Mr O confirmed this with a quizzical look when he tried it. Soft but slightly overdone scrambled eggs were a minor let down but the dish was redeemed by the serving of the same herb and tomato toast as my dish and the awesome black pudding.
bacon and organic egg roll with pimento salsa and sauce hollandaise ($14.00).
I will get this out there – Em does not like eggs. That is all. But for some reason – or maybe no reason at all – she went for the bacon and egg roll. Well maybe the reason is she LOVES bacon. Em did seem to enjoy her breakfast enough to get through it all… except the yolk and most of the white, but hey each to their own
baked eggs with chorizo, capsicum salsa and cannellini beans ($19.00).
Lex and my first baked egg experience was on an insanely cold winter’s morning at Clipper Café in Glebe a few years ago. Ever since we tried their incredible rendition, baked eggs have garnered quite a lot of attention from us any time they crop up on a menu. With all of the other egg dishes to be accompanied by a sauce or some form of evil (in Lex’s eyes) condiment, it was almost a given that Lex would choose the baked eggs. Two eggs baked atop of some very impressive beans in a salsa that had an addictive level of simple complexity. Sweet capsicum, acidic tomato and floury beans. Add to that the smoky spicy chorizo and you are winning. But to top it all off the runny yolk just brought it all together for a great dish. Once more the grilled tomato and garlic herb bread just really worked.
We all enjoyed our first meal for what was our first official Fatterday. Despite the computer system being down the staff were able to maintain their composure even after a number of orders made their way to incorrect tables.
After we had eaten we wandered out to the backyard to check out their kitchen garden. It was a lot larger than I had anticipated and amongst all the herbs and veggies there was even a little chicken coup (although I doubt they’d get enough eggs from the few chooks I saw). I love the concept and the diversity they had, ranging from chillies to kale it seemed they had a lot of bases covered.
A great spot for breakfast and a perfect beginning to our first official Fatterday. We all agree that dinner at Three Blue Ducks is on the cards as we really want to see what the team are capable of.
Three Blue Ducks
141-143 Macpherson Street
Bronte NSW 2024
Three Blue Ducks Website