There have been numerous good things written about Pawpaw Café and it’s been high on my list to visit. When the SO asked where we should head for breakfast last month, I suggested we drop in to try them out. I was excited and had hoped to be as wow-ed as the other bloggers who seemed to have been with their food and service.
It was a little late the weekend morning we visited last month. There were a couple of occupied tables who were in various stages of their orders. The signage indicated we were to wait to be seated, but without a line, that wait was negligible. However our waitress just as quickly disappeared with a lightning quick quip that she would get us water, leaving us empty-handed without menus to peruse. I got up to pick two clipboard menus out from the basket by the door myself – that’s no biggie.
After considering our options from both their breakfast and lunch menus, the SO decided the Traditional Ploughman’s Platter (lunch menu) was for him, while I noted the Israeli breakfast sounded sneakingly similar to the amazing vegan breakfast I had in Sydney’s Cafe Kawa. This meant I had to try it to see if I might have found a Brisbane contender to that awesome breakfast.
The Traditional Ploughman’s Platter was served on a board with an assortment of elements, each placed in its own turf, so it was easy to identify each one. A wedge of lemon seemed like the odd element out, for what was it for? The pickled onion and chutney were already tarty from their pickling. The wedge of cheddar was quite happy on its own, thank you very much. Hard boiled eggs just wanted a smidgeon of salt and pepper, and the bread and butter made a happy couple. That left the meat, but surely that doesn’t need any lemon. So the lemon remained a mystery.
The Israeli Breakfast is a vegetarian menu option with a fresh salad, flat bread and falafel. Unfortunately if I were to compare it to the vegan breakfast at Sydney’s Cafe Kawa, I would be disappointed with the variety of elements and the portion size. Pawpaw Café‘s Israeli Breakfast is much simpler and the impression was everything had been pre-prepared hours ago, making assembly just a matter of halving the hard boiled egg and placing everything on the wooden serving board.
Having said, everything on the board was fresh and flavourful. It just didn’t seem… special. Would that be because my expectations were high?