There’s a whole new meaning to ‘share plates’. Flower Child, a welcome brunch addition to Chatswood Westfield, is all about food that’s tasty, as well as Instagram-worthy.
Co-owners Chris Lu and Adam Choker also run the Happy as Larry pizza truck, and according to Lu, pizza does not photograph well (I guess there’s only so many times you can do the cheesy-slice-arising-from-a-whole-pizza trick). Thus, with a sprinkle of flower petals here, and a garnish of micro-herbs there, the dishes at Chatswood café, Flower Child, have instant share-ability on social media.
Take the house-cured smoked trout. Diners either side of me turn their heads for a cheeky perve as it arrives. Thick folds of trout are layered atop sourdough toast with avocado, cherry tomatoes, compressed cucumber, and an orb of goat’s curd. The trout, cured for three days in gin and juniper berries, is a generous serve, and makes the addition of ‘folded eggs’ (a dry-style scramble) a little redundant.
The Flower Child French toast is a delicate mess of carbs, fruit, and caramel. Fried brioche on its own is great, and even better when topped with colour-popping berries and banana. Add banana mascarpone, chocolate crumb, and a schmear of caramel, and you’re in heaven... and in trouble with your dentist. It’s pretty as a picture, and tastes just so for the brekkie sweet-teeth out there.
Choker is brother to the owner of The Grounds, so a coffee partnership makes sense—the trademark green cups do a roaring trade from the takeaway counter. At my table, my cup of batch brew is a little lacklustre, but a nutty flat white fares better. As a final pick-me-up, the lychee and mint smoothie is icily refreshing, like a whipped sorbet.
With hanging potted plants and a room flooded with natural light, Flower Child is an oasis amid the shopping centre surrounds. After just four weeks, it’s gained a popular following online, and in real-life. On a busy Saturday morning, the place is packed by 9am, and the charming Lu is out front, taking names for the waiting list. Although divided into breakfast and brunch sections, the whole menu runs all-day, so there’s no FOMO for your ultimate square-frame shot.
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Image credit: Nikki To