Located just on the corner of Potts and Stanley Street in Woolloongabba is a nifty little cafe/kitchen with a cult following of those who love quality food, raw eats and are always drawn in with their love of weekend brunching and evening exploration of their South East Asian palette. Pawpaw Cafe turned Asian Kitchen by night, offers diners an opportunity to relax in their colourful premises and enjoy an array of delicious menu options, inspired from the Australian and Asian corners of the globe.
As Australians, we love eating out, be it breakfast with girlfriends, lunch with girlfriends or dinner with a significant other, we are a country invested in what goes into our stomach. The breakfast menu at Pawpaw Cafe is served till 3pm and is nothing short of delectable. Lighter and mainstream options such as Eggs Benedict are given a twist with turmeric hollandaise and crispy kale, whilst those with a sweet tooth can have their sugar fix with Blueberry Pancakes.
The brunch money maker; eggs are also a prized option. Pawpaw Cafe serves these either in an Asian style omelette with mushroom, herbs, beansprouts and sambal, or scrambled with house relish on toastand poached eggs are teamed with Israeli Avocado in a medley of feta, roast pumpkin, hummus and dukkah. Finally there is also Eggs On Toast either fried or in one of the prior fashions. Heartier options include the Beef Cheek Burrito - harissa slow cooked beef cheek, baked beans, cheddar, spinach in a tortilla with a corn fritter, fried egg and chipolte sour cream.
Pawpaw Cafe transforms to Pawpaw Asian Kitchen in the evening (Wednesday to Sunday) and leads Brisbane foodies on a culinary escape to the far depths of Thailand, Malaysia, Bali and Vietnam with aromatic spices, meticulous flavour combinations and quality produce making it one of the stand out Asian eats in Brisbane. Many of the options from lunch flow onto dinner, with one of the standout dishes being the Roti Cani, comprised of roasted cumin pumpkin, sweet potato and eggplant in a yellow curry with roti bread and paprika yogurt. The absolute bees knees.
Pappardelle pasta, Indonesian lamb shank, basil, cherry toamatoes and fried shalotts @ Pawpaw Asian Kitchen (photo Instagram @neelsmcgee)
For those lunching, you won't be disappointed. The Pawpaw Burger is a favourite with a prime Wagyu beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, cheddar and BBQ sauce with a side of fries. There is also a carb-less option, just let the waiter know you want everything but the bun.
Serving a seasonal menu, focused on crowd favourites and some cheeky new inventions, there are some menu options that will come and go. The Lamb Pappardelle is one such item, if you have the opportunity to try it it's a great little Italian vs Thai contradiction, that some how works harmoniously on the plate. Slow cooked lamb in a rendang sauce, poured over piping hot Pappardelle pasta, heaven.
Pawpaw cafe/ Pawpaw Asian Kitchen doesn't just stop at food. Complimenting their breakfasts right through to lunch and dinner are beverages no matter what your mood. Coffee's teas and chai's are reasonably priced and made perfectly. Unfortunately I haven't been able to try one of their smoothies, but for those health nuts out there, I would give the Pink Pitaya a red hot go. Think pink dragon fruit, banana, passion fruit, mango muddled together with cold refreshing coconut water, a perfect way to quench your thirst on a hot summer's day. Lunchtime is never too early for a drink, so for those vodka lovers out there the Pink Lemonade is the way to go; vodka, moscato, strawberry and lemon blended with crushed ice to really get the party started.
Barramundi, asparagus, baby carrot, caper, artichoke and balsamic @ Pawpaw Asian Kitchen (photo Instagram @neelsmcgee)