Plenty Of Things To Love About Plenty
Giulietta Avenia | On 20, Sep 2014
With a strong focus on fresh, locally sourced produce and food that gives back to the community, rather than just filling your belly, Plenty at West End is fast becoming one of Brisbaneâ€™s most sustainable cafes serving delicious, wholesome food.
Having read about Plenty for months now I had been endeavouring to visit it and discover for myself what all the fuss was about.
Plenty is a beautiful warehouse space with exposed beams, wooden flooring and cozy benches to pull a seat up to. With only a blackboard menu and a fridge full of lunch options, Plenty is ensuring that all their food is seasonal and produce driven.
Itâ€™s not often that a breakfast menu provides me with more than one option. At Plenty, however, there are plenty of options. (Pun alert).
I chose the roasted carrot hummus with poached eggs, a lemon and spinach salad and haloumi with Turkish bread. This was one of my favourite breakfast dishes to date. The eggs were poached to perfection with plump, silky whites folding underneath my knife to reveal a gooey, oozy, glistening yolk. Due to a traumatic childhood experience involving off egg yolks, I never usually eat a runny egg. I opt for scrambled, or eggs that are almost flipped to extinction. But as the sides on this dish sounded so delicious I could not pass it up. I have now been converted to poached eggs. Plenty has set the benchmark and I look forward to seeing how other cafes fare.
The hummus was aromatic and spiced with hints of cumin, evoking Middle Eastern flavours. The bright orange on the plate was seriously inviting and perfect for dipping the haloumi into. The haloumi had, thankfully, been drizzled with a yoghurt sauce so as to prevent it from drying out and becoming rubbery. Soft, non-squeaky haloumi is far more preferable. And far tastier. Add a lemon and spinach salad to cut through the richer flavours, and toasted Turkish bread for mopping everything up, and the dish is complete.
The other dish at our table was a seemingly simple plateÂ of avocado on toast. But at Plenty, the simplest dishes are where the produce really shines. The freshest of fresh avocados was spread lovingly over sourdough toast with Fassifern Valley tomatoes, adding a pop of every colour and size possible to the plate. A generous toss of fresh basil leaves and Casa Motta buffalo mozzarella finished the dish making it a light, fresh, mid-week breakfast option.
I have not been able to stop thinking about my breakfast at Plenty. And whilst the poached eggs with carrot hummus is in my top three breakfast dishes in Brisbane, I fully intend on returning soon to try their other dishes.
Where: 284 Montague Rd, West End
When: Mon – Sat 6.30am – 3.30pm
Image Credits: Feature image sourced from Plenty. Other images taken by Creative Drinks.