If you’re looking to start your day off right with some delicious brunchtime eats, Monocle Coffee in Morningside is well worth the pit-stop. The handy neighbourhood locale serves up a high-end house blend, alongside a soul-warming selection of teas, organic chai, Mörk hot chocolate as well as freshly squeezed orange juice. When it comes to eats, Monocle offers menu heroes like the Pawpaw-inspired potato-hash cakes with poached eggs, turmeric hummus, smashed avocado, haloumi, beetroot relish and dukkah, its much-adored avocado smash, and the croissant eggs benny, which can be enjoyed with bacon, haloumi, salmon or ham. The cafe also serves up a range of fresh pastries and a rotating choice of sandwiches, soup and salads that are loaded with ingredients like green pea and couscous, roasted maple pumpkin and quinoa, and brown rice and sweet potato.
Sticking to its roots in Asian cuisine, Pawpaw in Woolloongabba and its sister restaurant Pawpaw Asian Kitchen in Balmoral, are both known for plating up a fusion of delicious Thai and Asian-inspired dishes. If you’re a breakfast for lunch kind of person, Pawpaw dishes up delightful breakfast tucker until 3:00 pm and on weekends, there’s a bakery pop-up that churns out a range of sweet-tooth-satisfying treats including homemade doughnuts in an array of flavours such as strawberry cheesecake, Milo, and custard-filled, as well as double-baked croissants. Further into the day you’ll find a delectable lunch menu featuring beef-cheek massaman curry, a schnitzel burger with herbed fries and crumbed-barramundi tacos. When it comes to nighttime cuisine, Pawpaw really pulls out all of the punches with an Asian-inspired menu including steamed pork-belly bao, pineapple fried rice and ginger stir-fry. Many of the Pawpaw favourites feature on PawPaw Asian Kitchen’s dinner menu in Balmoral, including chilli popcorn chicken, DIY duck pancakes, crispy fish tacos, the crowd-pleasing canai curry served with roti bread, spicy pork-belly stir-fry, Thai fried rice, island duck curry, pad see ew and yellow potato curry. You can wash it all down with a selection of refreshing beverages, with both local and imported wines and beers available.
Want to indulge in some tastebud-tempting Thai? Mons Thai in Camp Hill is the place to hit up, with its sweet and spicy menu layered with traditional Thai dishes sure to satisfy. Choice picks from its array of flavoursome fare include the wild-caught red-emperor yellow curry with macadamia, kipfler potatoes and baby corn, and the soul-warming soup made with the restaurant’s garden-grown herbs including lemongrass, dill and basil. The eatery also serves up crowd-pleasing curries including massaman, red, green, yellow and penang. To satiate thirsty folk, Mons boasts a huge wine list made up almost entirely of QLD wines. Plus, if you’re eager to up those cooking skills you learnt in iso, Mons Thai runs cooking classes so you can perfect the traditional techniques and flavours of Thai cuisine – you’ll be a pro in no time.
The article was created in partnership with our friends The Venzin Group. To make a booking for these venues, visit the Pawpaw website.