Written by Nate Drewett
Cover art by Danielle Fopp
Tell me, fair readers, is there a more satisfying simplicity than a meal that literally consists of just a smashed avocado on toast combo? I think not.
Over the last year or so, I have decided to occupy myself with a quest to find Adelaide’s best spots for avo on toast. Now, I would like to preface, it was difficult enough ranking the 30 or so smashed avocado on toast that I have tried at various cafés, let alone being able to experience every Adelaide café’s brunch menu (which is probably in the hundreds). So, bear with me as I whittle my experiences with this brunch staple down to just 10, presenting the definitive (not really) best smashed avocado on toast in Adelaide.
10. Stella’s, Henley Beach
Right in Henley Square, Stella’s provides a solid avocado on toast, really setting the standard for cafés in Adelaide. Topped with cherry tomatoes, feta, watercress and a balsamic glaze, it nails all the right flavours. Nothing too fancy, just incredibly delicious, with a beautiful seaside view.
9. The Brady Brunch, North Adelaide
It is very difficult for me to not give this Melbourne Street café bonus points for including a pun in its name. The Brady Brunch delivers a tasty edition of smashed avocado on toast and a stand out balsamic vinegar which is a little bit different in its flavours compared to the others on this list.
8. The Moseley, Glenelg
The Moseley is not really a café, nor would you think it would be known for its smashed avocado on toast, but here it is at eighth. Smooth avocado, perfectly toasted ciabatta, and knockout dressings, it is a damn good avo on toast. It also gets some extra points for providing a cosy place for breakfast on a rainy winter morning.
7. Peter Rabbit, Adelaide
If it is good enough for Hugh Jackman, its good enough for anyone. Peter Rabbit, tucked away off Hindley Street on the west side of Adelaide, is one of the more popular cafes in SA. With a large portion of avo on rye toast, cherry tomatoes and dukkah, this one is a classic.
6. Pickle in the Middle, Unley
One of the more stylish cafés with fantastic décor, this little yellow pickle specialist café has a fantastic smashed avocado on toast. With crispy kale, pickled red onions and tamari seeds, you cannot go wrong with this choice.
5. The Loose Caboose, Hindmarsh
Set in a refurbished train station, hidden away near Plant 4, this avocado on toast is very inventive. Served with a sweet hummus and chorizo jam and additional dukkah and chermoula, its creative flavours that work so well together definitely has it deserve a spot on this list.
4. Dear Daisy, Forestville
Probably the best presentation of any dish on this list, Dear Daisy, down in Forestville, provides another take on smashed avocado. With adorable 70’s inspired artwork of some doggos on the side of the café wall, it provides a great spot for an awesome Instagram post and delicious food. Dressed beautifully, you might want to take a photo before enjoying this one!
3. The Nourish’d Kitchen Café, Stepney
Tucked away on a little side street in Stepney, this café keeps it simple with cherry tomatoes, dukkah, edible flowers and poached eggs topping the avocado – simple. But, when you have the freshest avocado, you do not need to overload it with extras. Hands down the best tasting avocado on this list, just some of the intangibles made it drop to the third spot.
2. East Borough Eatery, Parkside
East Borough Eatery in Parkside has more of an adventurous take on smashed avocado on toast. Including jalapenos amongst other familiar additions such as dukkah, radish and beetroot puree, providing a spice that balances out the other flavours, because if there is one thing you do not want an avo on toast to be is bland.
1.Banksia Tree Café, Port Adelaide
Located in the heart of Port Adelaide, this ethical café sources almost exclusively South Australian produced ingredients, which gives it a massive plus before we even get to their avocado on toast! Delightfully seasoned with crumbly feta, balsamic glaze, and beetroot dust, this smashed avo on toast is not too complicated, but that is what makes it the best. With some of the freshest ingredients and perfectly dressed, Banksia Tree Café takes the number one spot.
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