The village atmosphere is alive and well in Mosman, and Avenue Road Cafe is right in the thick of it all – when we drop by on a Saturday morning, the cafe is full of locals enjoying their brunches in the sunshine if they’re lucky enough to be seated outside on this sunny day.
At first glance, the menu seems to have all the standard brunch fare on offer, but when you look closer you’ll see there are unexpected twists on old favourites such as The Ave Benedict which features a generous serving of crispy duck with an interesting cauliflower quince couscous, apple cider hollandaise and a sprinkling of dukkah. Now we’re eggs benedict connoisseurs and thought we had pretty much tried all variations of the classic dish, but we were impressed by this combination of flavours and textures.
The Ave Benedict, $19
We also tried their Palak Eggs, which change up the usual baked eggs with a flavoursome spiced cherry tomato sauce and slow cooked lamb. The end result works well to create an exotic explosion of flavour, reminiscent of a hearty curry that can be mopped up with the sourdough toast on the side.
Palak Eggs, $18
The generous serving sizes, strong savoury flavours and use of heavier meats in their signature dishes on the breakfast menu mean that brunchers will definitely not need any lunch afterwards. They also serve up Double Roasters coffee and a good selection of fresh juices (we had their aptly named Refresher juice featuring watermelon, apple, pineapple and mint) to wash it all down.
Refresher Juice $7 and Mocha, $4.50