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Five to try: Smashed avocado

By Zoe Pleasants - 18 November 2016 8

Penny University's sophisticated version of smashed avo. Photo: Zoe Pleasants

Smashed avocado and fetta on toast has come into focus recently as the cause of Australia’s housing affordability problems. And you can see why. Either embellished with roasted tomatoes, poached egg and dukkha, or served simply by itself; what’s not to love about this dish? But housing in Canberra is the most affordable in country, so how does that affect the quality of our smashed avocado? I set out to investigate, sampling smashed avo from the hipster inner-north, unaffordable inner-south and the suburbs. Here’s what I discovered.

Fox & Bow's Fit Fox version of smashed avo. Photo: Zoe Pleasants

Fox & Bow
I started in the suburbs at Farrer’s Fox & Bow. Here smashed avo is called Fit Fox and is served on spelt toast, topped with roasted heirloom tomatoes, hazelnut dukkha and served with whipped Meredith goat’s cheese fetta on the side (see above). It is delicious and, if you have kids, can be eaten in relative peace as the kids shoot hoops or hit a tennis ball against a wall in the lane the cafe opens onto [assuming the ACT Government hasn’t yet taken the basketball hoop away, see our story: Save Fox & Bow’s basketball hoop from the fun police]. Find out more at:  foxandbow.com.au

Penny University
At old Kingston’s Penny University, the smashed avo (pictured at top) is served with chevre on nutty toasted dark rye bread, topped with charred corn and quinoa tabouleh, drizzled with chilli oil to give the avocado a little bite, and served with a 65/65 egg … If you have swapped going out for brunch for a mortgage, you may not know what a 65/65 egg is. It is an egg slowly poached in its shell resulting in a silky smooth white and a yolk that is moist but not runny. It’s an amazing dish.  Find out more at: pennyuniversitycafe.com

Lonsdale Street Roasters' smashed avo. Photo: Zoe Pleasants

Lonsdale Street Roasters' smashed avo. Photo: Zoe Pleasants

Lonsdale Street Roasters
Arriving in Braddon mid-Sunday afternoon, Elk and Pea’s kitchen had closed, so I headed to Lonsdale Street Roasters as a staple of the Braddon cafe scene instead. This cafe serves two variations of smashed avo: LSR Avocado Toast, and Quinoa and Avocado Toast (both above). The LSR Avocado Toast is the stronger of the two dishes, served with roast tomatoes, roquette, salsa and olive oil. Despite an enticing menu description for the Quinoa and Avocado Toast, which is served with Spanish onion, corn, tomato, coriander, lemon juice and Brazilian kiss peppers, I found the dish a little dry and lacking in flavour. Both dishes could have done with a more generous serving of avocado. Find out more at: lonsdalestreetroasters.com/eatery

Lava's offering keeps it simple. Photo: Zoe Pleasants

Lava
If you prefer your smashed avocado understated, try Lava in Phillip. It serves a simple but delicious version of smashed avo and feta on toast, egg and bacon can be added if you like. This place is a staple for me because of its proximity to kids’ music schools, reading clinics and dance studios. It has a relaxed atmosphere and great coffee. Find out more at: facebook.com/Lava.Espresso.Bars

DIY avo toast with ingredients from the Fyshwick Markets. Photo: Zoe Pleasants

Fyshwick Markets (DIY smashed avo)
Finally, for those who want their smashed avo and mortgage too, a great option is to buy the ingredients at the markets. Here’s my version from the Fyshwick Markets, with olive sourdough from Crust Bakery, avocado and roquette from Wiffens, and Persian Fetta from the Deli Planet. Find out more at: fyshwickfreshfoodmarkets.com.au

While the best smashed avo on this list did come from the unaffordable inner-south (maybe Bernard Salt has a point), it was closely followed by the suburbs. But let me know, where do you go for smashed avocado in Canberra?

What’s Your opinion?


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8 Responses to
Five to try: Smashed avocado
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madelini 9:58 am
18 Nov 16
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I do love a good smashed avocado, and quite often make it for myself for dinner. That’s really the best thing about it – it’s perfect for a meal at any time of day.

The cafe offerings are great too. I have found that the one at EQ in Deakin is delicious – it’s really simple, with soft feta and a squeeze of lemon. As normal, the Cupping Room’s offering is also delicious.

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Lenient 10:53 am
18 Nov 16
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All those years I have been eating whole, sliced, diced, blended, pureed and mashed avocado… simply wasted. Also why are none of dishes photographed being served on a plank of wood?

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Rachel Ziv 2:30 pm
18 Nov 16
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YUM!! Absolutely my favourite thing to eat. Roasted tomatoes, Spanish onion and jarlesberg cheese. At least now I know what’s for dinner tonight, thanks Zoe!

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Jane Speechley 4:15 pm
18 Nov 16
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Love the DIY option, what a clever addition!

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dungfungus 10:14 pm
18 Nov 16
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Lenient said :

All those years I have been eating whole, sliced, diced, blended, pureed and mashed avocado… simply wasted. Also why are none of dishes photographed being served on a plank of wood?

They used the wooden plank to smash the avocados?

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dungfungus 10:16 pm
18 Nov 16
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I bought two avocados for $3.00 at Woolies today.

Must be a lot of profit in serving these abominations.

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madelini 2:37 pm
21 Nov 16
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dungfungus said :

I bought two avocados for $3.00 at Woolies today.

Must be a lot of profit in serving these abominations.

Sure, but how many farmers are Woollies ripping off to be able to sell them at 2/$3? At least spending money at a local cafe puts some money back into the community.

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t3d 9:11 am
25 Nov 16
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A very new and glorious place to get smashed avo is Ritual Coffee in Barton. Open during weekdays from 7:30-3:30, located next to the Little National Hotel. Went there this morning for some eats and it was delicious, fast and well priced for the serve! Going back again for sure.

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