As I’ve got older there is something I’ve learnt to do more and more – and that is to enjoy my company, a little bit of self-indulgence and giving myself some me time! I must admit it took a while. I remember I always used to find it odd when my dad would head to a restaurant and dine alone or go gigging solo! I thought to myself – what a strange man not wanting to share those experiences with friends. However, now I get it! He adores music and seeing his favourite band is satisfactory enough, no-one else needs to be there! Plus it’s a great way to make new friends! The first time I dined solo, I had hours to kill, someone had recommended this veggie restaurant and I was dying to go – so off I went book in hand and enjoyed a delicious Buddha with nothing but my own thoughts! Now it’s not something I do often – yet I think it’s important to find more time. I have always believed that it says a lot about someone when they can enjoy their own company. So last week I went for a swim and sauna and then off I went solo brunching to try out some dishes at 19 Cafe Bar. 

It was earlyish but the vibe was peaceful and calm with customers enjoying their meal – just the right atmosphere for a lonely spot of brunch. I wasn’t the only there who had the same idea by the looks of things. The decor nice and simplistic and mix between edgy and urban – slotting in perfect as it’s located just out-of-town on the way to the trendy NQ.

I was actually dying for a smoothie as I’d been for a swim that morning – one thing missing off the menu. Instead I opted for a juice and a lovely pot of green tea to give me some ooomf for the day. Had I been with friends though, I think we would have definitely been picking off the cocktail menu! I went for one of my favourite dishes of all time… Eggs Florentine – I must say nothing beats a bit of hollandaise sauce to say indulge yourself! Everything arrived in speedy time and a rather generous portion at that! Too much for my belly but it was super tasty! There was a slight spinach overload however so I would order with less next time!

The gentleman serving was a lovely fellow – quick on his feet considering he was the one there and they had a slight influx at lunch! He was polite and made sure I had everything I needed!

I am forever trying to find decent brunch spots without the price tag and I am happy to say I’ve now found one. I best go out and buy myself a pup now as I totally want to go to their doggy date night!

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