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Pawpaw Cafe

Whether you only drink barista made coffee, need a hangover pick-me-up or follow a Sunday morning tradition, Pawpaw is there.
By Daniela Sunde-Brown
September 18, 2013
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Pawpaw Cafe

Whether you only drink barista made coffee, need a hangover pick-me-up or follow a Sunday morning tradition, Pawpaw is there.
By Daniela Sunde-Brown
September 18, 2013
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It's no use hiding the fact that we like to eat out, and the beauty of the morning meal is it has no rules. Make-up-free is considered 'fresh' and unkempt hair is part of 'the look', thongs and singlets are both acceptable and yet Pawpaw Cafe boasts more class than The Chalk down the road. Logic, am I right? Whether you only drink barista made coffee, need a hangover pick-me-up or follow a Sunday morning tradition, Pawpaw is there offering sweet, savoury and everything in between, yet nothing mediocre.

A classic choice on the breakfast dining scene Pawpaw Cafe has been frying, poaching, scrambling and baking eggs for just 18 months, but has cemented itself in the hearts of breakfast lovers. Open seven days, weekend mornings might find you queuing as the door - but we assure you it's worth it. With an all-day breakfast menu, as well supplementary lunch options and an ever-appealing specials board, Pawpaw is working a formula that has those on the market for more than an eggs benny returning for more.

Choosing what to eat is like standing in the international airport and deciding which flight to get on. This round-the-world culinary experience offers up the likes of an Israeli breakfast with falafels and hummus, huevos rancheros with black beans and salsa, baked eggs with za'atar, Canadian-style waffles, and gnocci and burgers added for lunch. While it sounds like they might have too much on their plate, Pawpaw's strengths lie in their ability to put simple flavour combinations together to make fresh produce fine.

For those feeling sweet, the pecan and almond toasted granola ($11.90) is a no-brainer. The in-house mix comes with a refreshing serve of yogurt and to-die-for-delicious spiced pear compote. On the savoury side, we tested the braised mushroom bruschetta ($13.9) and it did not disappoint. Sourdough stacked high with spinach, red pepper hummus and, of course, the divine white wine and herb braised mushrooms, topped off with crumbled feta.

Pair your meal with an iced latte (they serve Campos coffee) and make the most of Pawpaw's laid back vibe, friendly service and breezy open cafe. We'll be heading back soon to try the quinoa and potato hash cakes, or perhaps go treat ourselves to waffles with bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup.

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