Tom Phat is the place to go when you’re looking for something quite different from the standard fry-up. A Sydney Road stalwart, serving up punchy Asian-fusion dishes for lunch and dinner, Tom Phat also presents a breakfast menu that combines Asian and Western flavours.
Some dishes are quite traditional, including Tom Phat’s take on a Vietnamese breakfast favourite, banh mi op la; wok-fried eggs, sunny-side up and crispy around the edges, topped with fragrant fried shallots and served with Hanoi-style baguette bread and a drizzle of chili soy sauce. Then there’s Uncle Ho’s Brekky with a grilled pork chop and fried egg on rice, if you’re feeling very hungry.
For the remainder of the menu, you can expect to see anything from bacon and eggs to potato hash, fritters and braised beans, jazzed up with classic Asian flavours. My pick would have to be their signature Roti Omelette; wok-tossed roti bread with egg, a generous serve of bacon, chives and a sweet, roasted tomato salsa. The scrambled tofu and a kedgeree-style fried rice with smoked trout are also worth a re-visit.
Wash it all down with a banana, apple and yoghurt Monkey Magic smoothie, and you’re bound to be satisfied.