Dear Brisbane, Raw Pawpaw is no more. With a new owner, new name and new look, Little Loco has filled the sizeable shoes left behind by the Venzin Group and is proving itself as a fantastic Merthyr Road eatery. With fresh ideas and a great launching menu, the cafe continues the healthy food ethos, but with less of a focus on raw foods. That's right: bacon is back.
You can bet your bottom dollar that you will still find a crowd of eager brunch-goers strewn across the pavement of a weekend morning, all vying for a seat and the chance to get their hands on some wholesome, delicious fare. As space is limited, don't be afraid to ask a stranger to share a table, even if it means squeezing in the back corner — it's totally worth it.
The baristas are passionate about what they pour and use Fonzie Abbott Espresso Co. beans in their brew to satisfy the caffeine fiends. The fact they use Bonsoy should be music to the ears of all lactose-intolerant residents of Brisbane.
If you're partial to a liquid diet, the smoothie menu is packed full of superfoods — kale, cacao and chia take centre stage in the choc mint variety (all smoothies $8.90). If you prefer to chew your food, you'll still have a tough time placing your order, as the menu is swollen with enticing options.
The quinoa and coconut pudding ($14.90) is served with house-made caramelised yoghurt and topped with fresh fig and other delicious seasonal fruits. The picture-perfect plate also features edible flowers and definitely makes for a swoon-worthy #foodstagram post. This dish is as filling as it is ridiculously delicious.
A hearty plate of mushrooms ($15.90) sees a ragu featuring all kinds of fungi, mushroom foam and a potent pecorino served on rye with truffle honey and two poached eggs. We felt it was a pretty perfect plate as is, but there is always the option to add halloumi ($4) if your heart desires.
Other menu items include a thick and pure acai bowl ($12.90), topped with homemade Paleo granola, coconut, banana and strawberry, and, of course, good ol' avo on toast. This Brisbane breakfast favourite is served with a twist, as the avo is smashed on house-made cornbread with jalapenos and cheddar and topped with a pistachio, coriander and lime dressing. Wipe the drool off your keyboard and hightail it to Little Loco to try it for yourself.