It sounds simple, right? Take a piece of bread, cut up an avocado, spread it on the bread, eat. There are literally two ingredients, how can someone mess this up? In a myriad of ways it seems. The search for the best avocado on toast in Sydney is endless. Some like theirs blended, others prefer it chunky, while some choose to simply plonk half an avo on a piece of toast and go to town.
This was a hard list to put together, as I’m sure you know, but no one takes this topic more seriously than us. Here’s where to get the best of ‘nature’s butter’ in our fair city.
If there are two things that go together (better than avocado and toast) it’s avocado and cheese. Namely a soft, creamy white cheese like goat’s. That’s what you’ll get when you pop in and take a seat at the dreamy courtyard at Luxe in Woollahra. Crunchy sourdough, a generous serve of avo, some tangy goat’s curd and freshly sliced tomato. Licking your plate is all but mandatory, so don’t feel bad if you can’t resist, they understand.
Sometimes keeping it simple is the way to go. And at Venus Wholefoods, it’s all about delicious food with no nasties added, plus awesome music and excellent banter. The avocado on toast does indeed keep it simple, with toasted Luxe bread, cubed avo, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Plus a few chives on top for good measure, and maybe a squeeze of lemon if that’s your style. It’s damn delicious and the perfect way to kick start your morning.
We’re big fans of the #yolkporn you get with this particular avo on toast. Yes, it comes with a poached egg, and no it doesn’t disqualify it. The smashed avocado at Laneway Café is mixed with pea and mint, and comes with spinach, feta, red pepper and macadamia nut pesto, then topped with a poached egg. It’s an oozy, creamy pile of joy that really packs a flavoursome punch. These guys do all day breakfast on weekends, so you can get your avo fix at any time of day.
You’ll no doubt have driven or walked past this quirky little joint on Bourke Street at some point, and noticed the vintage decorations. If not, you would have noticed it’s packed out majority of the time. Probably because they are awesome, but most likely because they have an epic avocado on toast, smashed with herbs and served with spinach and Danish feta on sourdough. The simple things in life have never been so delightful.
Leave it to Cuckoo Callay to have the quirkiest name in the biz’ for one of the most popular dishes in Sydney. George’s Gorgeous Cousin is a mouthful in many ways, firstly because it involves a lot of ingredients, and secondly because you’ll want to shove it all in your mouth as soon as it hits the table. This one involves marinated avocado and thyme-infused confit tomatoes on sourdough with goats curd, house-made basil pesto, lemon herb gremolata and a 63-degree egg, because these guys never do anything in halves.
John Smith Café
This waterloo café is always pulling out ‘grammable delicacies that have us dying in anticipation of getting them off the plate and into our mouths. So naturally John Smith Café’s avocado salsa and goats cheese brings all the hungry people to the yard on a daily basis. The only peril of ordering this bad boy is that it ends too soon. Second helping, anyone?
Here’s a new one for you: chargrilled avocado. Yep, you heard that right. This temptress from Erskine Villa comes with one of those irresistible 63 degree eggs, piquillo pepper relish, and is served on a toasted seed baguette. You can add the tempting oxtail jam as well if you like, but be sure to mix everything together and enjoy the medley of flavours move from your plate to your mouth and then your belly.
If you’re heading up to the Northern Beaches, or even if you’re just a local lover of all things breakfasty, Smalltown in Avalon is one of our top picks of new cafes in Sydney. All of their produce is hand-picked at produce markets, and everything that ends up on your plate is damn delicious. The avocado on toasted rye comes with Danish feta, black sesame seeds and a squeeze of lemon for good measure. Awww yeah.
Bread and Circus
Remember what I said about keeping things simple? This is it. Bread and Circus Wholefoods Canteen breathed new life into the foodie scene in Alexandria a few years back, and their tempting menu can never be passed up if you’re in the area. Their version is crunchy toasted sourdough or essene bread with a hunk of avo, fresh tomato, drizzled with olive oil and topped with coriander. That simple, that good.
Image credit: Lisa Brooke at Laneway Cafe