Plenty is a truly outstanding cafe. From its stunning warehouse setting to its simple yet phenomenal food, Plenty is more than just a cafe.
Eating at Plenty is a unique experience that allows you to delve deep into unique flavours, as well as better understand the journey from farm to plate. It’s about knowing where your food comes from, and to in turn, truly appreciate the gorgeous local produce that is transformed so beautifully by the chefs.
Family owned and run, Plenty prides itself in connecting the city community to the farming community. It’s not about arbitrarily getting as much food out there to as many people as possible; it’s about giving people a unique food experience — about knowing and engaging with the whole process, a concept often lost in our busy, city-centric lives.
The food at Plenty is simple and unassuming, but positively delicious. Their menu changes monthly according to the seasonal produce available, though on our trip this morning the items on offer included Housemade Crumpets w/ honeycomb butter; Cinnamon Toast w/ fresh strawberries, ricotta + strawberry sauce; House Dried Tomatoes on pane w/ basil, balsamic + marinated feta; Harissa Lamb Wrap w/ halloumi, spinach fried egg + pistachios; and the popular Poached Eggs w/ hash, feta, carrot jam + bacon.
After much deliberation we chose the Avocado on toast; Banana on toast w/ macadamia butter + raw honey; and the Twice Cooked French Toast. Yep, three versions of ‘toast’ and three levels of pure perfection.
The Avocado on toasted Turkish was topped with luscious, fresh basil and juicy tomatoes of a few varieties, as well as creamy buffalo mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic. The dish sounds simple, but the way the ripe produce came together with the crusty toast and mozzarella was incredible. Everything just worked.
The same goes with the Twice Cooked French Toast, which was served with stewed rhubarb, raspberry + white chocolate crumble + vanilla cream. The dish was beautifully balanced, not overly sweet and full of flavour and varying textures. I think the very fact that it’s cooked twice reflects Plenty’s philosophy exactly. Slow, real food packed with soul.
And the banana toast. Oh, the banana toast. How can something so seemingly simple be… life changing. I am 100% serious when I say that we felt sadness when we finished this dish. Imagine thick sourdough topped with creamy housemade macadamia butter, ripe banana slices and drizzles of raw honey — we couldn’t understand how appetising and complex the combination of flavours were, yet consisted of so few ingredients. I just hope this dish is still on the menu when we return.
With faultless food, a beautiful, laid back atmosphere and an inspiring core philosophy, Plenty holds a special place in my heart — nay, my stomach — and I look forward to my next visit.