Thursday, November 8, 2012

Three Blue Ducks

After the joy of the breakfast in a pan at Circa, any panned breakfast is going to have to be mighty fine to come close. Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, just won the Sydney Morning Herald award for best food at a café, so I was expecting big things. It was a Wednesday morning and the place was teeming with mothers and strollers and ladies who lunch, or brunch as the case may be. The waiter looks at me with dead eyes as I walk in... 
"We're after a table for two"... 
He is unimpressed. Well you know what? He can bite me. He makes $18 an hour. There is no need for that kind of attitude.  

The coffee is smooth and rich. It's good, but not mind blowing.

The breakfast in a pan, which is a muddle of beans, eggs, tomato and chorizo, pales in comparison to its competitor at Circa. The chorizo barely has any flavour compared to its fiery, sassy sister the sujuk. It's an adequate breakfast, there is nothing wrong with it as such, but having had the world's most awesome breakfast the day before, it just cannot compete. How Three Blue Ducks got best food is beyond me. Also, this dish is a whopping $19! The lunch and dinner menu here gets up around the $30 mark... I do believe we have left café territory way behind and have entered restaurant territory at those prices. In my mind a café means food for under $20. What cheek to still call yourself a café and charge almost fine dining prices. 
One of the staff who serves us is nice, but she is the exception to this Frosty the Snowman service. Ugh. How boring.

They have a little vegetable garden out the back. It's sweet. But not sweet enough to make me ever come here again. Perhaps it should change its name to Three Boo Ducks?

Three Blue Ducks on Urbanspoon


  1. I can tell by reading your blog that you are obviously a very intelligent creative person who has a vast culinary knowledge and I enjoy reading your blog however would you judge Jesus harshly on the basis of his income? Perhaps the waiter had a sudden death in the family or has just been diagnosed with cancer, perhaps his chewawa has died. You may not be aware of this but many of our fine actors and singers such as Madonna started life as waiters and have even played waiters. Despite your disparaging remarks concerning those earning $18 an hour you have a great blog. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hello there Anonymous, thank you for your comment. I was merely judging the service I received that day from that particular waiter. I too have worked jobs in the service industry for that amount per hour, and there is nothing wrong with it at all. I was merely making a somewhat sardonic remark, as that is sometimes how I roll. Honestly, as I was writing, I was thinking of an episode of Ab Fab where Edina says "You can drop the attitude, you only work in a shop" to a girl at an art gallery who is rude to her.
    I am just over snobby service especially since on a recent trip to Melbourne the waiters there were all so lovely and genuinely friendly. It made Sydney look very poor indeed.

  3. I went for breakfast today. My food was amazing but the service here is just so plain, rushed and rude.

  4. There is just no excuse for bad service these days. Sydney is packed with great places to eat so if service is bad once, that's enough to never go back...


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