We’re getting fundamental, taking things back to basics. And what could be more basic than bloody avocado on toast?
Avocado toast’s ability to cement the building blocks of society into a steady, insoluble structure is a mystery known only to short order cooks and pugs in striped t-shirts. We do not know why it’s vital to our survival, just that without it utter chaos would ensue. (I mean, no one’s ever actually tested this theory but it’s safer not to chance it).
Brisbane naturally has some of the best avocado toast on the planet so it’s never easy trying to whittle down our city’s finest to a digestible list. Our winning avocado criteria requires some kind of sourdough or artisanal bread base and at least the option of some variety of cheese. Extra points awarded for details and flair.
Tim Gurner once espoused that avo toast is standing in the way of home ownership, that it is a sigil of the wayward spending bringing our generation to its knees. To that we say ‘Pah!’ and present you with 22 compelling reasons why avocado toast deserves a place in our budget, because we’re determined to have our house and brunch date too.
So here it is, Brisbane's best avocado toast. Careful now kids, don't overdo it and spend your would-be downpayment...
Lewin Street Store
Lewin's avo is the stuff of legend, known in the local community for generous servings and supersized dollops of love to go with the classic combo of avo, feta and lemon on fresh and crispy Leavain sourdough.
Deadset legends of breakfast, lunch and dinner, Lonely Boy isn’t about to let standards drop when it comes to the national dish. They do a freshened-up avo with dill, mint, dukkah and pomegranate arils to go with the base of avo, lemon and feta.
Kin & Co
The avocado toast at Kin & Co is nothing short of explosive. They take the staple to a new height with edamame beans, a honey roasted lemon wedge and a sprinkling of sumac and black, volcanic salt. We highly recommend adding poached eggs.
The Corner Store Café
It’s rare to find a place that will offer you two different types of avo toast on one plate, and even rarer that both types will be bang on spectacular. If you suffer from almost crippling indecision, The Corner Store’s avo toast is just what you need featuring two tasty iterations: one with macadamia dukkah and buffalo ricotta, and the other with haloumi, carrot jam and pepitas.
My Mistress is perfect for a cheeky little Rendezvous. That’s what their avo smash goes by, and it makes sense since this is one breakfast date that will quickly become a long-standing meeting for it’s purity of smashed avo on sourdough with feta, olive oil, lemon and fresh basil.
Their main focus may be specialty coffee but when it comes to food Day Made just does simple stuff spectacularly well. Ergo, their avo smash on the thickest, crunchiest toast with a poached egg and the best part of a whole avocado, plus lemon myrtle oil and herb trimmings.
The aptly named Banksy at She Bangs is a vibrant smash that about as close to an artistic statement as avo can probably be. With a smatter of spiced almond and walnut dust and generous drizzles of the house-made balsamic glaze, this grungy rebel really hits the spot on a Saturday morning.
The Jam Pantry
The Jam Pantry’s famous board menu is what punters come here for. Their mutable menu is constantly flipping and changing with the trends of seasonal produce (venison Benedict has made an appearance this year), but amid the transition there is always, always, always some iteration of avo on toast. Keep up to date with the latest offerings on The Jam Pantry’s Instagram, but at time of publication they were flaunting a pretty hectic avocado with roasted pumpkin, pickled turnip, fries Brussels sprout leaves, goats curd and hazelnuts on a gluten free quinoa loaf.
Subtly wisps of genius pervade what is otherwise a pure and classic avo toast at Sourced Grocer. Think hefty avo chunks on the most amazing house made sourdough with smoked labneh, olive oil and softy soft micro herbs.
These guys made their name sprucing up boring breakfasts, and their avocado on toast is no exception. Seated on dark and crispy pumpkin loaf, Morning After’s chunky avo segments are offset by creamy mozzarella, edamame beans, enoki mushrooms and a final zest of lemon.
Understanding the emotional attachment we have to our avo and our toast, Scout’s contribution to the toastsphere is a blank canvas and totally customisable. Their avo dollop comes with your basic congress of joys, feta, herbs, olive oil, lemon, plus the option to add any one of their sides from Kaiser bacon, eggs and haloumi to cheesy potato bake, roast mushrooms, and even more avocado.
This hearty farm feed is exactly what you need to start your day in the urban wild. King Arthur serves their avocado on grain bread with spiced labneh and house-made harissa for a smoky, singeing experience first thing.
They have the standard pared back version, but you should seriously try Southside Tearoom’s loaded avo toast. This guy really ramps things up with a shmear of beetroot hummus, a few house falafels and some dukkah and rocket to set off the creamy crunchy of the standard avo and toast combo.
If you’re after something a bit different Goodness Gracious has renovated the avo toast well beyond the norm. Theirs comes with macadamia and turmeric cauliflower puree, coconut, and lime for a super refreshing twist that’ll silence anyone who tells you ‘you can make avo on toast at home’.
Coming out of left field with a Mediterranean influence is the loaded avo toast from Priory Kitchen, complete with grilled haloumi, tahini, pomegranate, sumac, labneh, spiced chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, lemon, dukkah and a partridge in a pear tree.
The Single Guys Coffee Co.
Big fans of not overthinking it are the Single Guys in Kenmore. Brunches here are an idyllic, leisurely time made all the more idyllic and leisurely with a serve of their classic avo on toast with feta and rocket. Goes down marvellously with a side order of their spectacular java.
This breakfast from Seven South is like a team effort from all the flora in a veggie garden. The herby smashed avo sits atop some robust toasted pumpkin bread with goat’s cheese and an undergrowth of spiced pepitas and fresh micro herbs.
Neighbourhood’s Rainworth General
Like a work of art on the plate and in my chops, Rainworth General’s avo toast is a good-looking feast. They generally offer a few different iterations but at the moment we’re digging black sesame and pomegranate to go with the avocado coil.
Trading under their brand new moniker, the team from Naïm have revamped most aspects of the Shouk operation with the sparkling exception of their exceptional avo toast, smashed on sourdough with Persian feta, dukkah, pomegranate gel and two poached eggs.
Republic Coffee Traders
Their new winter menu brings all kinds of new delights but our basic eyes can only see the new things in avo. Republic Coffee Traders have taken the fundaments of smashed avo, feta and poached eggs and vamped it up with a chilli and coconut flair – just the thing to warm you up.
Lokal + Co
Not even Scandinavian cafes are immune to the intense allure of avocado in the mornings. That said, Lokal + Co isn’t about to do a standard avo smash, theirs comes on quinoa sourdough with some added flair from glazed eggplant, pomegranate and black sesame.
Dubbed the ‘Bravocado’, Let Minnow’s avo toast is a little bit cute. Served on sourdough, the avo comes with dill infused feta, fresh salsa and sesame dukkah so it’s all kinds of delicious. Level up with a side of eggs or some of Let Minnow’s flaked tea smoked salmon.
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