I’ve been hearing a lot about Pablo lately – the cafe that is, not the drug lord.
Located at the New Farm Park end of Brunswick Street, Pablo doesn’t draw attention to itself and looks just like any other small suburban cafe from the outside. The best way to find it would be to follow the crowds that flock here for weekend breakfast. I’d been warned about these people. Luckily, there was no queue when we arrived on a sunny Saturday morning (at about 10.30am) and we were shown straight in. The inside seating area is warm and cozy but we opted to sit out on the small balcony overlooking Brunswick Street. Perfect for sipping coffee and people watching.
The Genovese coffee is well made and smooth, and comes out with a side order of a quirky teaspoon. I order myself a pot of English Breakfast tea which arrives with a miniature bottle of milk…and a quirky teaspoon. Love! For me, it’s little touches like this that sets Pablo apart from the larger cafes.
Warm and happy, we sip our drinks and set about deciding what to eat. Thankfully, Pablo serve breakfast until 2.30pm and the menu is packed with lots of delicious offerings like Breakfast chilli (beef cheeks slow cooked with chorizo, bacon, beans, coriander and tomato guacamole and a fried egg served with honey cornbread) or Orange and Vanilla Bircher Muesli. Decisions, decisions! I also spot their collection of milkshakes and make a mental note to try the burnt marshmallow flavour the next time.
On the left is the Button Mushroom and Potato Hash, served with sobrasada (cured sausage – ours was missing in action today), marinated feta, tomatoes, smoked bacon and a fried egg. The photo doesn’t do it any justice. Warm, smoky flavours with a hint of tartness from the feta – perfect for a winter morning. Ever the smashed avocado tragic, I wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to sample Pablo’s version. And it was pretty damn good – not as good as my all time favourite (that honour goes to Hawthorne’s Bungalow 4171) but a close second. I’m also not a lover of haloumi cheese usually but it worked really well with all the other ingredients.
We loved Pablo. It’s a charming little cafe with heaps of character – it’s not too big, the interior is warm and cozy and the food is delicious. The quirky teaspoons just add to the charm. If I lived in New Farm, I’d be here all the time. But for now, there’s a burnt marshmallow milkshake with my name on it 🙂
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