Parramatta is certainly becoming the home of some seriously cool cafes with the latest to swing open its doors in a back street, being the funky Paper Planes Café. Their motto is "We are a boutique coffee house serving up great coffee and good honest food that is a little bit fancy." They should also include in the motto 'and won't hurt your hip pocket' as this is one very reasonably priced cafe.
As soon as you walk into this quirky café you know you are in for a real treat. Super friendly staff greet you as you arrive, menus are delivered and coffee orders are taken. Open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, there are some delicious sounding menu items available – and they are all so cheap! You can have breakfast for under ten bucks (including a coffee) during the week - this is almost unheard of in our café obsessed city of Sydney these days. Oh, and I should mention that their single origin coffee using Numero Uno beans is worth queueing for.
On one of our visits (we've had a few), we dined or should I say feasted, at breakfast time on a Sunday morning. The big breakfast ($16) and French toast were ordered for the adults and double choc chip muffins for the little people. When the big breakfast appeared at our table there was an audible gasp from other diners due to the sheer size of the meal. Presented on a trendy wooden chopping board, all of your big brekkie staples were covered – eggs, bacon, sourdough, hash brown, mushies, tomato and spicy chorizo and also a handful of lettuce, I presume to help you cleanse the palate. The super cheap French toast ($8) consisted of 3 lovely slices of perfectly cooked French toast dolloped with rhubarb compote, crème anglaise, strawberries and crumbled pistachios – a sweet treat indeed for breakfast.
There are some very quirky sounding items on the menu at the Paper Plane Café. One example is 'The Tiny Dancer' – a platter of poached eggs and sautéed spinach dripping in homemade hollandaise atop toasted sourdough with asparagus, smoked salmon and capers, avocado, tomato and bocconcini – so much deliciousness on one platter! Another one is 'The Monte Cristo'. It comprises turkey, ham, Swiss cheese and cranberry sauce melted between two slices of French toast – I'm sure the Count himself would have enjoyed feasting on this little beauty. But don't worry if you are a bit of a plain Jane, you will still find something suitable to munch on at Paper Planes such as toast and spreads or honey smoked bacon and eggs.
If you find yourself at Paper Plane during the lunch hour, you really should order the sliders – they are perfect for big and little people. You can choose between pulled pork and chicken and they literally melt in your mouth as you gulp each little morsel down. They come with a side of shoe string fries but if you are really serious about your hot chips then you need to order what seems to be Paper Plane's signature dish – the bad boy fries. These big fat well-seasoned chunks of deep fried potato look divine – they come as a side with most burgers and sandwiches on the menu or you can go all out and have them as 'Carne Asda Fries' – this reminds me of nachos, with the bad boys being used instead of corn chips – a bad boy meal indeed!
Now I have mentioned how awesome the coffee is but so are their other drinks. Milkshakes comes in glass milk bottles and a cute stripey straw – they are seriously old school shakes - big on flavour and deliciously thick. Babycinos come with two marshmallows and the hot chocolates are huge, topped with real chocolate and are served with 3 marshmallows. Juices/soft drinks are served in trendy mason jars and include, but are not limited to, house made strawberry lemonade, freshly made iced teas and iced mocha.
The décor in the Paper Plane Café is oh so cute, oh so quirky and oh so sweet. From the fresh flowers on every table and little potted plants everywhere, to the lovely words of wisdom written on the blackboards around the café. This sweet little gem is the sort of place where you can catch up with your bestie to have a rambling conversation or even bring your gourmet Nan to. Each time we have dined, there has been a mix of suits, uni students, young families and of course instagramers and bloggers happily clicking away at all the photo candy. I have to say though, that I haven't seen anyone indulging in deep kisses on my visits!
The only negative I found with the Paper Plane Café was the lack of said paper planes! With a name like Paper Plane you almost expect your order to be folded into a paper plane and zoomed into the kitchen. My 3 male dining companions (aged from 4 - 40) were most disappointed by the lack of paper planes and were sorely tempted to make use of the paper menu to create a little airborne object.