AVENUE ROAD CAFE is a local Mosman cafe located adjacent to the Mosman Village on the way to the Zoo. At the time we visited I actually felt bad we had accepted an invite to dine on this day – it was so packed with people waiting on tables and small gatherings of locals waiting on their takeaway caffeine fix.
Thanks to Tony Hollingsworth for inviting me to attend this quaint little cafe that somehow manages to keep up with the locals’ demand.
AVENUE ROAD VENUE:
Just off Prince Albert St on Avenue Road is the aptly named venue. It is an old school terrace shop with both indoor and outdoor seating and large glass window fronts between the two. Grab a seat wherever you can. If you can make a booking then do so because on nice weekends I can see table jousting being a requirement to get a seat. I couldn’t get any suitable venue shots because so many people and faces were in every shot I took. The inside has a large coffee counter and an antique mirror on one wall. The feature is their art deco light shades inside the venue, simple and elegant, love them!
The service was adequate but for the level of business they were doing on the day they were stretched. We had a couple of missed, or more so delayed items, but nothing to warrant a bitchfest. I was grateful they had us on the day they did and understand the staff’s predicament for the time.
AVENUE ROAD LUNCH:
AVENUE ROAD CAFE is open from 6am to 430pm every day with a midday menu change. There were five of us for breakfast/ brunch. The food was a pass for me but not exceptional. Everything was fresh and I can see the venue has a clean approach to healthy yet enjoyable food. Some of our items were enjoyed, one of them loved, and one of them not enjoyed. While we were there for the brunch the lunch menu sounds awesome. Who wouldn’t want to smash a Pork Belly Sandwich or a Beetroot Cured Salmon and don’t get me salivating over a 6hr Slow Cooked Chicken Tikka. YUM.
Settle down tiger, no bar for us but splendid juices and cafe liquids – they do have limited alcohol that serves from 10am. They serve Double Roasters Coffee and Tea from Tea Craft. One of the highlights of visiting Avenue Road is their latte art – it is incredibly impressive and is something instagrammers will want in their spread. The juices were delicious but mine was too sweet to finish – my own error in selecting the Raspberry Mojito – it came with lemonade and the sugar turned it off for me. One of my dining partners had the Green Cleanser: kale, spinach, celery, apple, mint, lemon, ginger and loved it. Another had the Summer Glow: apple, orange, ginger. Both of these juices I wish I had ordered.
Will start with mine, it’s the signature photo of the article. Its the venue’s Balmoral Board: poached eggs, double smoked ham, avocado, mushrooms, halloumi and rocket served with sourdough. It’s basically a big breakfast. Everything was cooked well and it tasted quite nice but the plating failed for me. It looks pretty but serving poached eggs on a chopping board is a fail, the table was on an angle and I had a race to save the dribble. Simply placing it on the toast would have assisted in this. Or a plate and rename the dish. I would also have preferred bacon over ham for the meal but I knew this when I ordered, I made the bed, so I will sleep in it so to speak.
Nat had the Halloumi Stack: sautéed mushrooms, spinach, house made tomato relish, avocado, halloumi & poached egg on soy linseed topped with pistachio dukkah. I would have preferred this brekky. Nat enjoyed it but said it was only special because of the halloumi – that will do for me. Halloumi is life and that dish looks so incredibly gorgeous.
Tony had the Bombay Breakfast: scrambled eggs with chilli, peas, coriander, goats cheese, garlic yoghurt, mushrooms, mango chutney, avocado, curry powder and lemon on sourdough. Easily the table favourite of the morning and Tony worshipped the dish. It was a stunning looking serve and I would have loved to have eaten the entire thing. Tony also got a side of mushrooms and baked tomatoes and these were fresh and we devoured them with gusto on his behalf haha.
Sadly the Ricotta Pancakes was the one dish not liked at the table. They looked great and something I would be all over in a second but Laarni was not a fan. She said they were very dry even with syrup and ricotta all over them. I would put this down to the level of busy in the venue, not an excuse but they probably sat in a warmer for a while before being served up. This would most likely dry them out.
In a climate of more cafes than can be counted everything has to be exceptional to stand out. Avenue Road unfortunately wasn’t exceptional for our table but it was good and the Bombay Breakfast was the winner. The place is a packed hive of locals and their latte art is impressive. I will return in the future to try that delicious looking lunch menu and I will attend on a quieter time to avoid the hordes.
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 2/3 food, 1/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 0/1 bonus
Avenue Road Deets:
PH: (02) 9969 8999
185 Avenue Road, Mosman
HOURS: 7 days – 6am to 4:30pm
TAKEAWAY: Coffee and simple cafe goods
LOCAL DELIVERY: No
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment and/or any PR agencies representing them. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.