Every cafe that opens nowadays seems to have at least one pin-up dish, designed to look good when framed in Instagram.
At Paperboy in Concord, there’s no doubt it’s the lamington waffles – buttermilk batter hardened and coated in drips of dark chocolate, then run through a dust storm of dessicated coconut. It’s sandwiched with coconut parfait and crowned with double cream, fresh berry jam and plain fresh berries for an extra shot of fruit.
You can read my recent write-up of Paperboy for the Sun-Herald here.
And at Dutch Smuggler in the Sydney CBD, it’s the “mi goreng” toastie. The appeal of that is an open-and-shut case (does it really need further explanation?), but the joy of two-minute noodles can only be improved upon with a double dose of melted cheese, a fried egg and this mysterious “magic sauce” that the cafe’s owners weren’t willing to declassify for me (what’s obvious is that it’s very very good). You can wash it down with Dutch Smuggler’s coffee-spiked ginger beer.
You can find my review of Dutch Smuggler at Time Out Sydney’s website.