A shockingly hot day brought the gang to Caffe Papparazzi before a trip down to the beach. We had been eyeing this place since it started popping up on social media with the launch of a new clean eating menu. The menus are all very extensive and we had a hard time deciding on what to order!
Wake me up before you gogo green smoothie $8.50
Cucumber, kale, kiwi fruit, pineapple, coconut water
This tasted really... healthy. I really couldn't taste any of the fruit and was rather overwhelmed by all the greens. It's a good thing I do enjoy a green juice once in a while, but the girls thought this tasted like grass, so avoid this one if you think you'd share their sentiments!
Healthy banana smoothie $8.50
Banana, almond milk, raw honey, chia seeds, maca powder, cinnamon
I heard nothing but praise for this one. Also, the little glass milk bottles are a cute (but only very slight) deviation away from the typical mason jar presentation.
Big not so pretty eggy brekky $16
Eggs, vegetables (kale, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, char grilled capsicum, sweet potato), garlic, chilli, chicken
Two of us ordered this for breakfast and both agreed it was on the bland side. I definitely couldn't taste any chilli and the chicken was also quite dry. The bread it was served with was very dense but overall this was a very filling meal! Maybe a bit of pesto to liven it up?
Eggs florentine $15
with spinach, tomato & hollandaise sauce served on English muffins
This wasn't the best Hollandaise but the eggs and spinach were well cooked. The tomato was a nice addition to break up the rest of the flavours on the dish. This was probably the most flavoursome dish of all the ones we ordered.
Paparazzi clean eating salad $15
Grilled chicken, bacon, oven-dried tomatoes, sweet potato, continental cucumber, lettuce
Warm chicken salad $15
Grilled chicken, avocado, roasted capsicum, activated cashews, lettuce
Both girls ordered the mustard, olive oil and lemon juice dressing along with their salads and still found it very bland overall. This would be something to order if you're feeling peckish and want a light lunch, but don't expect it to be flavoursome.
Peppermint slice $3.50
Buckwheat flour, raw cacao, pecans, coconut oil, cashews, maple syrup, coconut, peppermint essential oil
YUM! Super crumbly but a nice take on the classic peppermint slice. This one was enjoyed by everyone.
Lime and kiwi cashew cheesecake $7.50
Almonds, macadamias, coconut, sulphate free dried fruit, coconut oil, cashews, kiwi, spinach, lime, coconut cream, arrowroot
I'm always excited by "cleaner" versions of desserts, particularly raw cakes. This was a little underwhelming, I thought it needed a bit more 'zing' from the lime, perhaps extra lime juice and zest somewhere in the mix. There was also too much coconut and that was all I could taste in the first few bites.
Caffe Papparazzi is a lovely little spot for breakfast or lunch with great service but unfortunately nothing about the menu really excited us. I can't see any of us rushing back any time soon, although some of the lunch and dinner options on the clean eating menu do sound great, particularly the 'I can't believe it's not butter chicken'!