Sunday, 17 August 2014

Paper Plane Cafe - Parramatta - Sydney, Australia

Paper Plane Cafe 

The weather this weekend has been utterly miserable, with gloomy skies and heavy rainfall. The forecasts for the weekend didn't stop us from going out. We planned a brekkie at a boutique cafe called Paper Plane Cafe in Parramatta. Luckily, we had breakfast on the Saturday morning and the rain held in till the late afternoon.

Parramatta seems to be the new dining destination with a number of eateries opening up lately such as PappaRich, Gelato Messina and the upcoming Bourke Street Bakery. It seems like you can find any type of cuisine there without having to travel far. Unfortunately for me, I live quite a proximity away, so driving there can a pain at times due to the traffic.

Located close to the main street, Church St, Paper Plane's Cafe is on the quieter side of  Horwood Place, but this hasn't detracted people from going there. Having opened not too long ago, since the start of the year to be exact, the food has been highly rated my many including my best friend. I hear it does get extremely busy and since it's not known by many as of yet, you definitely have to try it before the crowds roll in due to its growing popularity.

It's a full house when we arrive at 11am, with patrons enjoying their breakfast dishes as lunch isn't available yet to my disappointment. We manage to get an outside table close to the heater in a matter of minutes. I really wanted to have something from their lunch menu, specifically the raved about burger and chips, as I'm not very big on my Aussie breakfast but I guess that means I have to return again another time.

The cafe is nicely furnished with a vibrant decor, filled with wooden tables and chairs, blackboards and mini pot plants or fresh flowers placed on every table. It's not only hip but cool. This is the type of setting I like most as there is heaps of light and lots of air.  You don't feel squished into one place and you can find yourself sitting there for many hours with good company.

Their menu is broad with a number of selections to choose from over the numerous paper pages. All items on the menu are reasonably priced and won't hurt your wallet. That even includes the lunch dishes! Service is prompt and their wait staff are very friendly, attending to our needs within a matter of minutes.

The 'Cappuccino ($3.50)' is made from a Picasso blend. It's described as having a 'strong honey fragrance, flavours of dark chocolate, coconut & coffee blossom, bright acidity of green apple & orange'. I must admit their coffee was a nice blend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It would have been better if they made the milk warmer as it was leaning towards cold-warm.

'Chai Latte($3.50)' is the preferred choice of drink for Jj. She isn't a fan of coffee so she opts for the chai tea with milk. The tea holds a strong flavour due to the combination of aromatic herbs and spices.

'Soy Latte ($3.50+$0.50)' also uses the Picasso blend.

We should have ordered the larger size drinks as we finished our coffees before our breakfast arrived. The food took a long time to reach our table. We didn't count the minutes but I would say between 20 to 30 minutes.

The 'Big Breakfast ($16.95)' was huge and at the sight of it we got an initial shock at the sheer size. It's a generous serving and can even be shared between two. On a wooden board there were two large sized eggs cooked sunny side up, chorizo, crispy bacon, sauteed mushrooms, a hash brown, juicy tomatoes and a rocket salad, served on toasted sourdough bread.  A fresh selection, making a complete meal.

I did enjoy the mix of flavours, especially the well-cooked, plump chorizo sausages with a hint of spiciness.

The sourdough bread was extremely crispy and the sides could barely be eaten. Also, the eggs were under-cooked as parts of the white were still clear. I struggled to finish it given its generous serving but my friend with a bigger appetite polished it all off.

'Truffle Eggs ($11.00)' was more normal in terms of portion size and more suited for one. Consisting of scrambled eggs cooked with a hint of truffle oil, tomatoes & mushrooms, on a sourdough bread with a side of rocket salad. The eggs were fluffy and creamy, but once again the sourdough crust was hard to eat. This is a great dish for you truffle lovers out there.

Its quirky restaurant feel and good value menu will definitely bring me back. The coffee was great but their breakfast was mediocre. However, I still want to try out their lunch menu as it looks superb. Please note breakfast is available all day.

2 Horwood Pl
Parramatta NSW 2150

Phone no: 0400 888 772

Opening Hours
Open 7 Days a Week
Monday - Friday - 8:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday - Sunday - 9:00am to 3:00pm


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  1. i love paper plane, yes definitely go back for the burgers!!!

    1. The bugers look so good. Would love to try it!

  2. Whoah they should call that the Giant Breakfast! Massive!

  3. I didn't realise Bourke St was coming to Parra-woo! And that giant breakfast looks great- and def fits the title!

    1. I didn't know as well till my friend told me. Definitely excellent news for those living in the west :)