[invite] Bianca: Returning to the popular Potts Point cafe, Paper Bird, is their famous weekend brunch menu. I visited late last year with some friends before the brunch menu made a re-appearance. So I was keen to return for the famous fried chicken!
Joining me on my food excursion was lady love Ameriza. Let’s begin. A Skim Capp $3.5 for moi and a Skim Latte $4.3 for the lady. No sugar to be seen anywhere on the table, that would be my only gripe.
Service was a little odd, with our male waiter a mixture of super keen and incredibly platitudinous, with repeated fervour for each and every dish we ordered, really OTT.
Dishes are designed to share, with smaller, well-priced dishes giving you the opportunity to sample a wider scope of the menu. We started with Fried Egg, king brown mushroom, chilli jam & potato bread $15 for those wanting a clearly defined ‘morning’ meal, this will be up there! A succulent juicy mushroom, easily replacing your typical breakfast meat of choice. The potato bread was more akin to a brioche, so no discernable difference for me there.
Fried potato? Easy choice. The Hash Browns -w/ ketchup $4 each are a no-brainer. One really isn’t enough.
The Shallot Pancake -w/Jamon & shiitake $15 was a great fusion of the typical Mediterranean & Asian flavours. Super crispy and incredibly delicious.
Maybe a little left of field for my ‘typical’ brunch, the Crab & Spinach wontons, black vinegar & chilli oil $20. Delicate yet bold, the paper thin dumpling skins encasing the earthy filling. I enjoyed the bold chilli hit.
A bit bummed the Katsu Sando was sold out but pitfalls for visiting late after work on a Sunday. And so, we ended with the Shrimp Brined Fried Chicken, soy & syrup $27. This was a bit of a mind twister. Juicy, plump chicken but super fishy. I quite enjoyed the bold, sweet, sour & salty notes and the varying textures but I don’t think this was a hit with Ameriza.
One thing for sure, Paper Bird isn’t playing by conventional brunch rules, they’re different and it’s kinda nice!
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of Paper Bird, Potts Point.