Busy Avenue Rd cafe in Mosman has had a makeover with both its decor and new menu making it busier than ever. Vintage pendant lights hang from the ceiling and walls are now adorned by Art Deco artworks, whilst some greenery freshens up the atmosphere.
Open for breakfast and lunch, diners can expect a range of Aussie classics as well as Asian/Indian fused numbers on the new menu. There is Raspberry and Coconut Bread with Cashew Butter, Ricotta Pancakes with blueberries and egg dishes for breakfast, including The Ave Benedict giving out lots of flavour with crispy duck, poached eggs, cauliflower and quinoa cous cous, dukkah and apple cider hollandaise served with sourdough.
My partner and I arrived for a late lunch to try out some of the house favourites. Mouth-watering temptations were chosen and delivered to our table in no time. I chose the BBQ Duck Crepes with pickling, duck confit, crème fraiche, spinach, coriander, pitted cherries and sweet corn cob. The meat was plentiful, tender and the seeping flavour of the cherries into the duck was a marriage made in heaven. This was restaurant quality food in a cafe and it was impressive.
Hubby ordered the Bombay Chicken Pie made of house pastry, containing winter vegetables, with mashed peas and a green salad also gracing the plate. I managed to secure our mouthful of this Indian take on a pie and it was another winner. The flavour was spectacular with just the right amount of spice.
We paired our mains with a shared side dish of sweet potato fries and tahini yoghurt. The fries were crisp on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. It was a good accompaniment to our meals, very nice and very filling.
You'll find lots of tempting dishes here. Seafood is also on the menu with the Masala Prawn Pappadum, Lemon Chilli Calamari and Garlic Prawn Linguini. If you want burgers, they have them too and I'm told they're for the very hungry as they're huge. You can choose from a Pulled Pork Burger with zesty Asian slaw, rocket, pickle, cheese, chilli mayo, steak fries and smokey BBQ sauce or a Southern Fried Chicken Burger with avocado, American cheese, tomato, pickle, lettuce, sriracha mayo and steak fries. Sandwiches and wraps, soup and schnitzel are available as well and the slow-cooked Tandoori Lamb Melt also sounded good.
Desserts are not mentioned on the menu but at the counter are an assortment of sweet delights from brownies to cookies and slices. Even though I was quite full, I was tempted by the waitress to try the house-made caramel slice. It was delicious and a couple of bites of the generous portion had me full to the brim. Taking the rest home, it was later digested by my husband. Damn, I forgot to hide it behind the cans in the pantry!
Drinks are plentiful as well with Double Roasters coffee and Belgian hot chocolate, an assortment of teas, cold-pressed juices, milkshakes and smoothies, a list of red and white wines, along with beers and cider. I tried the Refresher (a blend of watermelon, apple, pineapple and mint), followed later by a Nutella milkshake. Both were wonderful whilst hubby went first with a strawberry milkshake before switching to some beer (a crisp Young Henry's lager and the Belgian Hoegaarden). All went down well.