Brunch at The Great Bagel and Coffee Co

$6 for a blueberry bagel, pear and raspberry, fruit and nut, banana, or raisin toast before 11:30am makes for a fantastic brunch and extra energy for those tiring mornings, or sleepins at The Great Bagel and Coffee Co. $2 coffees also availed before 9:30am.

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The Great Great Bagel is a cafe or kiosk that has an all day menu around bagels and coffee, baked to finish on premise.

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Today a couple of friends and I decided to check out the morning specials at Macquarie Centre before we headed to work or start studying for this semester. Early, right? There weren’t many people in the spacious cafe but the bright lights will wake you up.

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The staff were really friendly, with a good selection of healthy bagels, or several types of ‘bread’ for those with a sweet tooth displayed above the counter. Menus were also available on each table.

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Nice deco on the walls!

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Blueberry bagels are delicious! They were lighter and fluffier than what a bagel should take like with a generous amount of cream cheese sandwiched in between. It tasted more like bread but probably made with real blueberries as opposed to some cafés at Macquarie University that use purple/blue colouring. You can actually see it! On top there was a thin layer of sugar sprinkled on top so tastes sweeter than normal.

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Pear and raspberry bread is the most popular choice of the breads. To be honest, it was quite a small slice with melted butter on top. It was very sweet but then again, I’m not a sugary person.

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I ordered the fruit and nut bread and it was absolutely divine. Apparently it isn’t very popular and not as sweet as the rest. I love my dried fruit and nut, particularly when the top crust of the slice is packed with walnuts. There was a moderate amount of fruit and pieces of nut throughout the slice which proved to be just right.

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If you ordered a tea, it was 50 cents extra. There was a funky pot for milk. Nice display.

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The coffee was not the best. Maybe slightly burnt but still well done for a $2 cup. Event Cinemas at Macquarie Centre do $2 and that is quite horrible…

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Final verdict: good choice for the morning. The Coffee Club does banana bread for $4.50 and is sickeningly sweet. $6 for both fruit and nut bread and coffee is a great deal! #brunchbargain

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Review Rating: =D =) =| =(

Product ($6 blueberry bagel with cream cheese or fruit bread with coffee): =)

Ambience: =)

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I get a bread of choice with coffee at The Great Bagel and Co every time I’m at MacqCentre or Towers? You know what? If I feel like treating myself to something delicious, I know that this will both be good and satisfying. Other cafés at Macquarie do coffee and cake for around $7 and a whole slice of cake may be too much sweetness for me. At least the cream cheese breaks it up a little for the blueberry bagel.

Would I pay full price, $4.50 + $3, for the fruit and nut bread and coffee or blueberry bagel and cream cheese with coffee? I think I would rather go to another cafe for an excellent coffee for the same price. As for the blueberry bagel or fruit and nut bread, I wouldn’t mind at all!

Highlight: that nut layer on top of the fruit and nut bread. I was going to get the blueberry bagel because it’s always amazing but let me tell you one thing, I don’t regret it! There were some comfy couches on the slides too!

Suggestion of improvement: I quite like the chocolate on top of he coffee and I guess the coffee could have some slight improvements?

Ends: never, but check in store

Link: http://www.greatbagel.com.au/

Angela Bee

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