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Brunch: Dunk, Parnell

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Address: 297 Parnell Rd, Parnell
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Dunk Cafe in Parnell. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dunk Cafe in Parnell. Photo / Greg Bowker

The menu was very easy and thrifty. I'm told this is a popular student brunch spot. There was a whole menu of options under $12, some perfectly designed to dust away the cobwebs of the night before. There were more pricey options on a massive menu that featured a few rarities like bubble and squeak ($15.50) and black pudding ($17).

The look didn't blow us away, but seats in the morning sunshine are always a bonus.

The food took a while to get to our table, as did the coffee, but the generous helpings hit the spot. I gave my hearty Boston baked beans with melting mozzarella ($10) a boost with roast tomatoes and hashbrowns ($3.50 each). I was missing Worcester sauce. My plus-one picked the bubble and squeak with capers, topped with a poached egg and a delicious tomato relish ($15.50). He added some avocado ($3.50) and we didn't need to eat again until dinner.

The coffee came in either a standard latte size, which I opted for ($4.50), or in a bowl for an extra 30c, which Plus-One picked.

The service was friendly, but a little flaky. Our waiter was very sweet, but most of my questions about the menu had him scratching his head - for instance, "what's the difference between hashbrowns and Dunk hash?" FYI, nothing.

Overall Dunk is an ideal place for a cheap and cheerful brunch that will fill your belly well into the afternoon.

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