Luckily, we found Avvia right around the corner from our AirBnB on the weekend in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. Avvia has a beautiful little courtyard, with herbs growing right around the fence. They have a wonderful philosophy (check it out below) which makes it all the sweeter!
I ordered a juice, the immune booster with orange, pineapple, ginger and lemon in an attempt to feel more human. But what really piqued my interest was the eggs benedict. The hollandaise sauce is made fresh daily with clarified butter, champagne vinegar (yeah, you read that right) and egg yolks. Being a champagne fiend, it was the obvious choice for me.
We sat outside in the courtyard and checked out all the plates as they went past while we waited. The banana bread looked amazing! Will definitely be on my list for next time.
Our breakfasts arrived and while the eggs benedict didn’t look that amazing, the hollandaise sauce was something special. Exceptionally creamy and decadent. I can never go past smoked ham either and coupled with those goey yolks – it was just what I needed!
Our food is made with the best ingredients we can find in our area: cultivated plants grown from heirloom seeds; wild-harvested leaves, flowers, barks and roots; local fish, seaweeds and coastal grasses; pastured meat, poultry and eggs from small farmers. These are the flavors of this place.
The process of finding ingredients and transforming them into cuisine are not separate events, but one continuous action, constantly informed by cultural expectations and new ideas. We brine, cure and smoke, as cooks have been doing for thousands of years, but we also embrace modern cooking techniques. Our dishes are animated by flavors and textures both familiar and strange.