One of the various cafes located on The Parade in Norwood, Argo on The Parade serves a wide variety of café foods with some of their dishes using healthier alternatives to common ingredients. One of these is nitrate free bacon which is bacon that does not use sodium nitrate, a chemical often used to accelerate the process of curing bacon. Argo is very popular and there seems to be a queue all the time during breakfast and lunch hours. The café does not take reservations so we decided to join the lunch queue one day. The wait was about 15 minutes which wasn't too bad as we spent most of the time perusing the menu and deciding what to order.
Quack Wrap (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for those wanting a lighter meal, Argo's Quack Wrap had tender smoked duck with a delightful smoked flavour which was nicely complemented by the caramelized onion, rocket, alfalfa sprouts, pickled zucchini, red cabbage and avocado. The wrap can be ordered either fresh or lightly toasted (if you like a bit of contrast to the softer filling).
Generous enough to be easily shared with a friend, their This Is It consisted of two Vienna sausages served on toasted hot dog buns with bacon, chorizo sausage, sauerkraut, caramelized onions and jalapenos. Both the Vienna sausage and chorizo were cooked just right with the sour taste of the sauerkraut and the spicy jalapenos being good partners to the sausages. It normally comes with cheddar cheese but we ordered the dish without it because my father does not like cheese.
The MJ (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Argo on The Parade also serves a good range of burgers with a choice of a classic white, rye or gluten free bun. The MJ Burger had chicken that was grilled to perfection with the pancetta and provolone cheese bringing out its flavour. The refreshing taste of the mixed lettuce helped to balance out the rich taste of the provolone cheese with the sharp taste of the lemon and mustard sauce rounding out the flavour of the dish.
Sweet Potato Wedges (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
My father could not resist taking a picture of the Sweet Potato Wedges that was ordered by another table because it looked so delectable. The portion size was generous enough to be ordered as a snack to be shared with a friend, which was what two girls were doing at the table next to us. We also got a free sample of their Coco Whip Ice Cream that had a wonderful milky flavour with a subtle hint of chocolate flavour from the chocolate ice cream swirled with vanilla ice cream.
Coco Whip Ice Cream (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The café has such a buzz and energy to it that you don't mind being seated pretty close to the next table. Someone at the café must love gardening because there were two tall towers of vertical garden and every table has a pot of plant on it. If you want to beat the queues, you would have to have either a very early or very late breakfast/lunch. When we were there, the queue stopped forming at around 2pm and my parents were able to get a table for an early breakfast on another occasion.