There was a time when word on the street revolved around Ponycat and its owner Asa Boardman’s response to a customer’s complaint against a doggy customer.
Dogs at al fresco tables are a common sight around New Farm’s cafes, but having one sit in a chair raised a bit of a debate in the community. Fast forward to today and Ponycat is still seeing a brisk business, so have Brisbanites forgotten, forgiven or never really gave a damn about the drama in the first place?
Personally, I couldn’t care less if a dog or cat sat in a chair before I have. I’ve sat on bare earth and as long as my own butt cheeks are not bare when I plant them down, I’m sure I’ll be fine. That’s what clothes are for, no? Besides, I’ve never let a little bit of fur stop me from having breakfast.
I love the rye bread Ponycat used in their avocado smash. It’s not cardboard hard nor chocolatey dark like the rye bread ‘Ruispala’ I was used to in Finland, but the rye flavour was definitely there in a very gentle persuasion. Even though it was toasted, it’s only lightly so and with its thickness, the toast still retained that pillowy soft texture in the middle.
Ponycat was generous with the avocado in their avocado smash, which is topped with a bit of fresh tomato, chopped gerkins (great zingy crunch) and a wedge of lemon.
The SO surprised me by opting for the french toast and it was impressive. The poached pears and triangles of egg dredged fried toast towered over the fresh strawberries, cut to resemble the most adorable little rosettes – a very pretty detail I wish we would see more of in establishments. The cocoa dusting around the plate was a little over zealous in my opinion, but otherwise, this is a lovely picture on a plate.
It is no wonder Ponycat has been building a reputation for wicked all-day breakfasts since they opened for business. Just don’t park your pooch on a chair when you visit.