I’ve said it multiple times on this blog but I adore time with my fiancé. Just small things like going to the shops or having a casual meal, they speak volumes in my eyes (anyone else just get a Five Love Language ping with that sentence? Yes, quality time is my drug of choice). With my office shut down for Christmas, Jeremy and I managed to squeeze in a little outing to Joondalup which included lunch at Paper Avenue Cafe.
I’ve been meaning to go up there since it opened, having been invited to the launch but unable to attend. But finally I got there and despite it being the awkward Christmas season where many places are closed, we were in luck that particular day.
Though it was closer to lunchtime than breakfast, we both were drawn to the latter items on the menu. For me, I decided to against my normal avocado smash and try a meat-based dish. The smoked beef brisket ($19.00) sounded excellent, with two free range poached eggs, slow cooked hickory smoked brisket, avocado and a lemon and herb hollandaise. Okay yes, I still managed to get my dose of avocado in there!
The serving was really generous (I actually couldn’t finish it!). Meat piled high and well flavoured with spices and the subtle smokiness. There were a few odd cuts that were a bit dry, but for the most part it was moist and well suited to the other ingredients. I particularly liked the bread it came out on – at first I worried seeing how thick cut it was, but it was actually really soft in the middle and airy. Super tasty.
On the side I included a strawberry swoon latter ($5.50) – a fruit tea with rosehip, hibiscus, strawberry, apple and orange peel that was served hot using almond milk. One word… yum! I loved this drink, it was my kind of thing with it’s soft sweetness and that nutty base from the milk. Maybe not everyones cup of tea, but definitely mine.
Jeremy loves mushrooms in a big way. They’re totally his jam, and so he immediately gravitated towards the field mushrooms ($19.00) which came with beetroot puree and micro herbs on toasted ciabatta with avocado and confit tomato. As his drink he chose the mixed berry smoothie ($8.00) which was made with natural Greek yoghurt, honey and milk.
This was a good dish too. The combination of earthy mushrooms, sweet beets and the umami rich tomato worked really well together. What he particularly liked was it was different to your standard mushroom and cheese combination – and it really let the ingredients shine with their preparation.
All in all, a cute cafe! It’s always nice to see little eateries like this spring up north of the river – especially in places that are against the grain of traffic. I’m looking forward to heading back to try their lunch menu soon (especially because I spied a little gnocchi dish on offer).