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Published May 8th 2017
The answer to the above question is... good question! Canberra is fortunate to have literally hundreds of quality cafes lining the city streets and each one would have some form of Smashed Avocado dish high up on their menu. There are many varieties on offer however. Some cafes literally serve avocado on one piece of toast whereas others may add some feta, perhaps some cherry tomatoes or if you're lucky, they may even pile it high with greens and other healthy goodness. So why do we love this combination so much? I can only assume that other people, like myself, find it a healthy breakfast option that fills you up, without that heavy and bloated feeling you get after a full bacon breakfast.
Whilst out with my family last weekend for breakfast, I realised that I almost always pick the avocado dish on the menu, wherever we go. After looking back on my previous cafe articles for Weekendnotes, I have found that I have tried quite a few, which leads me to the question - which ones have been the best? I would love to say that I have tried every Smashed Avo in Canberra, but sadly I haven't, so if you are reading this and have a favourite, please leave a comment on this article and share your weekend favourite. These are mine... so far.
Avocado on Toast with feta, cherry tomatoes and eggs at Lonsdale Street Roasters 7 - $15. Enjoyed even more with their own Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee! (Visited April 2017)
Our family have a favourite "cold morning cafe" that we go to in the city during the winter months for delicious coffee, good food, vibrant surroundings - and a good Smashed Avo. Lonsdale Roasters 7 in Braddon, just a short walk from the CBD, has a large upstairs dining area that looks down onto Lonsdale Street with mismatched chairs, funky cushions, retro tunes and an interesting vibe. Although the Smashed Avo is not a large serving, it hits the spot every time when washed down with their own delicious roasted coffees. For a full article on Lonsdale Street Roasters 7, see here.
Coffee, views & retro vibe at Lonsdale Street Roasters 7
Another personal favourite is Local Press Cafe, which is a popular wholefoods cafe on the scenic Kingston Foreshore. Everything on their menu is full of vitamins and goodness, making you feel like a better, healthier version of yourself when you leave. Their take on the Smashed Avo has plenty of extras - sprouted lentils, seeds, shallots, roasted broccoli puree, egg yolk, lemon and activated charcoal salt. I must admit that I didn't enjoy the charcoal salt, however everything else on the plate was enjoyed with gusto. For a full article on Local Press Cafe, see here.
Avo on Toast - sprouted lentils, seeds, shallots, roasted broc puree, egg yolk, lemon and activated charcoal salt - $16. (Visited March 2017)
One of my favourite breakfast cafes in Canberra at the moment, would have to be Little Bird cafe in Barton, for their large serves and delicious food every time we visit. Their friendly service and welcoming atmosphere, makes this an enjoyable place to relax in the winter sun. If you have kids, they will enjoy looking at the range of well-behaved pups out on the verandah, big and small. Little Bird Cafe offers an avocado option on its menu which is a combination of delicately arranged ingredients that blend together perfectly. It may cost a couple of dollars more than other cafes, however it is worth it. For a full article on Little Bird, see here.
Poached Eggs and Dukkah with goat's cheese, avocado, almonds and lemon on seeded rye - $17.50. (Visited February 2017)
Pushy's bike shop in Fyshwick is an unlikely place to find a cafe with a good Smashed Avo, however inside there is the hugely popular BSpoke Cafe on one side of the shop. Local office workers and tradies line up for their takeaway coffees each morning or stay and enjoy it with a tasty breakfast by the fireplace. This popular cafe has an affordable menu, compared to other areas of the city, with a delicious $12 Smashed Avo dish piled high with greens and dressing. Whilst there, relax with a coffee on one of their Chesterfield couches and read a newspaper or two. For a full article on BSpoke Cafe, see here .
Smashed Avo on toasted sourdough with whipped persian fetta, roquette, semi-dried tomatoes and dukkah - $12. (Visited April 2017)
Many Canberra locals may find my next favourite a little unusual, as it is off the beaten track. Poppy's Cafe next to the Australian War Memorial offers a delicious avocado dish - with the highest tower of greens I have ever seen! This colourful and tasteful cafe has interesting war memorabilia in every corner, poetry inscribed into wooden benches and historical items creatively displayed within perspex coffee tables. If you are going for a walk up Mount Ainslie, which starts from behind the War Memorial, or taking visitors to the museum, then why not stop in at Poppy's for breakfast first. For a full article on Poppy's Cafe, see here.
For many people, including our family, going out for breakfast is a relaxing way to explore the city, eat out together and meet up with friends. If you have kids that get up early and go to bed early, then going out for breakfast can be a more enjoyable alternative to going out for lunch or dinner. The options are healthier, the prices are cheaper and it is a positive way to start the weekend with a full stomach, delicious coffee and good company. When I have asked local Canberrans where they enjoy a Smashed Avo, two cafes come up in conversation every time - The Cupping Room in the CBD and Penny University in Kingston - which are two more options worth trying on your next breakfast in the city.
Where do you keep going back each weekend, for your favourite Smashed Avo?
What do you like on top of your avocado? Top (left to right): Red Brick Espresso, Eighty Twenty Cafe. Bottom: Ona Coffee House, Tallow and Thyme