Ms Miller: Obey the Rumble
Birthdays are great. The day after, however, can sometimes leave you feeling a bit deflated. Especially when it’s freezing cold, raining and you’ve woken up with a voice eerily reminiscent of Patty and Selma. I needed a hearty brunch to warm me up (sober me up) and Ms Miller was the perfect choice.
Situated in the bustling heart of Cammeray diagonally opposite the ever-popular About Life, this simply designed café serves up traditional tapas by night and, on the weekends, a pretty awesome brunch menu until a very generous 2pm. Let me just say now that I think it’s cruel to stop serving brunch at 11 on a weekend. Anyway, we started out with fresh juices to wake up, my personal favourite being the very refreshing watermelon. Served on ice in one of those cute little glass jam jar things that seem to be everywhere these days, I lapped it up like a milk-starved cat in around two minutes.
Newly hydrated, I was ready to contemplate some solid food. The menu has more savory options than sweet, with lots of tempting egg-based dishes and a smattering of chorizo and meatballs for those so inclined. Nostalgia prompted me to go for the patatas bravas - which I may or may not have eaten three times a day in Spain - served with fried egg and tomato. It was heaven. A bed of slightly waxy potatoes cut into uneven cubes, two beautiful eggs with the creamiest, heartiest orange yolks (sorry vegans) and a sauce that felt like a hug. With a few extra splashes of tobasco it was just spicy enough. I could have eaten three of them and I stole a few handfuls of bread off my companions to mop up the remaining sauce.
Also delighting palates at my table was the baked eggs with manchego, sofrito, chorizo and smoked paprika. To be honest, I was lucky to get a tiny slurp of the sauce and a tiny crumb of egg because it was polished off at alarming speed, mopped up with the two slices of crusty bread that accompanied it. Coffee was good – strong but not so strong that you’d hold off on ordering a second. Service is friendly and the music is good.
I’ll definitely be back for brunch but next time I visit will be for dinner. The tapas menu looks tempting and Tuesday nights are BYO with no corkage charges. Oh, and Wednesday night is paella night.
Mz Miller, 457 Miller St, Cammeray