Auvers Cafe is a relatively new cafe in Rhodes that stands out in unique ways from the rest of the crowd of cafes across Sydney. It takes its name from a French village in which famous painter Vincent van Gogh once called home. This leads you to believe you're walking into French pastries and delicacies, however, this is not the case. There is French here in the Brioche toast, however, this blends with Italian in the Tiramisu and jumps continents to Japan and Australia.
The all-day menu has lots of Japanese present with Beef and Mushroom Gyoza (dumplings), Yuzu Soy Salmon Gateau and Onsen Eggs, as well as seasonings like Miso and Furikake in the Smashed Avo and sauces such as Smokey Ponzu Hollandaise in the Eggs Benedict and Nori Mayo in the aforementioned Salmon Gateau.
Other items on the menu include Saffron Risotto, Crab Omelette, Matcha Pancakes, Coconut Taro Bircher Muesli, Miss Piggy Waffles, corn fritters and burgers. The young ones are catered for too with vegemite and peanut butter on toast and a set kids brunch.
A friend and I had arrived for brunch and on perusing the menu, the Miss Piggy waffles sounded good although the name made me feel a bit guilty. The waffles came with bacon, figs, grape jellies, pork floss, spiced caramel and vanilla ice cream. I have often seen bacon with waffles and sweet extras on menus and had thought this combination of sweet and savoury was strange but my sweet tooth decided to try this dish. I was surprised at how well the bacon (being caramelised helps) went with this feast. The waffles were beautiful and fresh and those grape jellies were a nice touch. The pork floss was a savoury crumble and balanced out some of the sweetness. A huge meal (glad I skipped breakfast) and a delicious one.
My cafe buddy chose the Chicken Doritos Burger with tomatoes, Iceberg lettuce and Cranberry sauce on a brioche bun. Sweet potato crisps adorned the side of the plate. The chicken was coated in crushed Doritos (instead of breadcrumbs) and was wonderfully crispy and crunchy on the outside whilst the chicken on the inside was very tender. It was very much enjoyed and was given a tick of approval.
A variety of liquid refreshments cater to all tastes. You'll find coffee (they pride themselves on it) and lattes, hot chocolate, teas with interesting names like Rabbit Hole Organic Tea and Strawberry Skinny, healthy juices like the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Sunset (pineapple, Granny Smith apple and berries) that my buddy had, soft drinks, beer, wine and a Passionfruit Mojito Mocktail that I went with. Both of our drinks were very rejuvenating and came in some unique glasses.
Prices are in line with other cafes with the food ranging from $6-22 and beverages from $3 and up. Visit the website for the full menu and individual prices.
Apart from some of the unique menu combinations, the decor stands unique too with shelves of framed artworks from artists around the globe inspiring as they tell a story beyond words. They sit amongst pottery, phone cases and some unique jewellery for sale. On a ledge nearby are some plant arrangements, also for sale. I love that the decor doubles as a shop of sorts.
Auvers Cafe believes in inspiration and they aim to inspire you through the art as well as the creativity and presentation of their dishes. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see the colourful options available on their menu.
You can find this interesting cafe open 7 days on the Cnr Walker and Gauthorpe Streets, in front of Phoenix Park. Drop in from 7am-4.30pm weekdays and 8am-4.30pm on weekends and experience the wonderful offerings.