The south side café dishing up drool-worthy dinners | Gourmand and Gourmet

The south side café dishing up drool-worthy dinners

You may have sampled their all day breakfasts, you’ve undoubtedly heard about their luscious Cocowhip sundaes, but did you know Pawpaw Café dishes up a pretty freaking delicious dinner, too? That’s right, from Wednesday to Sunday, this suburban haven of all things yum puts away the haloumi and bacon and rolls out the spice rack, serving Asian inspired feasts for both dine in and takeaway. Taking over the space where Green Papaya once resided to create a bigger, better and even tastier restaurant and bar, Pawpaw Café is the ultimate place to take the gang. Whether you love the fresh flavours of Vietnam or a spicy Thai curry, you’ll find something to get you drooling on their dinner menu, which features inspiration from every corner of South East Asia. Even the venue itself has a totally tropical feel – leafy green murals adorn the walls of the Balinese inspired interior, whisking you far away from the streets of Woolloongabba. pawpaw 2With a menu designed for sharing, it’s probably best not to attempt to keep your order all to yourself. Otherwise you’ll miss out on the fun of overestimating just how many share plates you need between the group, and winding up with an entire table covered in plates and plates of irresistible food. DIY baos with intriguing black buns, crispy pork belly, soft shell crab and BBQ duck? Over this side of the table please. Crispy chilli salt chicken ribs? Just squeeze that into the middle. Oh, you can’t find room amongst the pile for tender Massaman beef cheek curry and a side of jasmine rice? Don’t be silly, just polish off the rest of the chilli caramel pork belly and make some room. If you’re the type who just can’t eat out without giving into temptation and ordering dessert and a few after dinner cocktails, you might want to order takeaway to take home to eat. After all, you can always come back for Cocowhip later. But if missing out on the sweet stuff isn’t an option, there’s banana fritters with black sesame ice cream and a pina colada with your name on it. And maybe a bottle of wine or two. You can even hang out the chilled bar out the back pre and post dinner for more cocktails. Ready to get your paws onto a dinner at Pawpaw? You’ll find them at 898 Stanley Street, open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!