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Pawpaw Cafe

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by Jane Street (subscribe)
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Published January 27th 2013
Great brunch spot in Woolloongabba
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I liked the big windows opening onto Potts Street

I love going out for breakfast in Woolloongabba but had never tried Pawpaw Cafe until this weekend. In fact, we were heading for Foxy Bean Cafe across the road, but ended up parking outside Pawpaw and were tempted in. With a wall of windows which open up onto Potts Street, it almost feels like you're in the open air and it was seeing the buzz inside from the road that looked so appealing as we approached on a rainy day.

Pawpaw Cafe, Woolloongabba
Pawpaw Cafe, Woolloongabba

The decor is a warm mix of wood, concrete and glass, with subtle accents of Bali and Thailand. The atmosphere is relaxed and you could easily while away a few hours on one of the large sofas reading the newspaper over brunch.

Pawpaw Cafe, Woolloongabba
Pawpaw Cafe, Woolloongabba

Pawpaw caters well for couples, families and larger groups as there are regular tables as well as a long wooden bench with stools which would easily seat twelve people around it. The cafe is family-friendly and the waitress was quick to produce a high chair and some cups of water without us having to ask.

Campos coffee pawpaw
The Campos coffee was excellent

Breakfast and lunch menus are served all day. The basic menu was at first glance fairly standard with the regular egg combos you might expect. I was initially a little disappointed not to see a more Asian influence in the dishes. However, there is a blackboard full of specials which change regularly and these were much more adventurous.

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The Specials board had some more unusual options than the regular menu

I chose the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, which was served on a poppyseed bagel with prosciutto. The vertical presentation was appealing and the flavours of the crab worked really well with the creamy sauce and the toasted bagel. It was unusual and and unlike anything I have tasted elsewhere in the City.

Pawpaw crab cake eggs benedict
Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

They were more than happy to put together my daughter's off-menu request of a croissant and poached egg and presented it nicely with some fresh berries.

Off-menu croissant and poached egg
Croissant and poached egg

My husband enjoyed his breakfast wrap and was particularly impressed with the Campos coffee.

pawpaw cafe breakfast wrap
Breakfast wrap

All in all, I would highly recommend Pawpaw for a great brunch although parking is limited on a busy day. They also run Thai cooking classes which look fun. On the basis of our great breakfast, I'm also keen to try out Green Papaya which is the award-winning sister Thai restaurant next door.

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Check out the Thai cooking school at Pawpaw Cafe

Pawpaw Cafe is open every day until 3pm. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Pawpaw cafe, Woolloongabba
Pawpaw Cafe, Woollongabba

NB: PawPaw Cafe has recently had a major overhaul in 2015. Another review can be read here.
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Why? Chilled out brunch spot
When: Open every day until 3pm
Where: Corner of Potts Street and Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
Cost: Average
Your Comment
That's what I call a breakfast!
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 2581 days ago
love it greta place great brekky
by 5dogs (score: 0|4) 2542 days ago
The crab cake eggs benedict looks wonderful!! Would love to try that.
by mtitt (score: 0|5) 2580 days ago
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