What comes to mind when you hear the word Australia? For me, I imagine healthy people, scenic landscapes, and big-time avocado consumers. For the Wattle Café, located off 35th and 3rd, this is as close as you can get to the outback without leaving New York City.
It was a rainy day when I walked into the café and I was immediately welcomed by the friendly staff and owner, Ana Ivkosic. The café has a giant painted mural of what I would imagine paradise would look like: A beachy scene that takes your mind away from the concrete jungle. Upon my request, I was looking for foods that would define what Wattle Café has to offer. To start off, Ana gave me their signature product, Almondnut Bliss Balls. OH. MY. GOD. These little bites were so good! I had to stop myself from eating the whole bag. To clarify, there are only 3 bliss bites inside the bag. But still, these bites are something I can snack on if I was in a bind at work. The next item: Down Under Truffle Smash - Avocado smash, lemon juice, feta, radish, sunflower seeds, microgreens, and crushed red pepper, on a multigrain toast sandwich, topped with wild smoked salmon and served alongside 2 truffled scrambled eggs. I had this with a nice cup of cappuccino with beautiful art. Their coffee is good! What makes this dish taste so good is not just the truffles and the smoked salmon, it’s the quality of the ingredients. Ana believes in providing the best natural ingredients to her menu which gives you the best quality of life. Less on the GMO, less on the brain fuzz. I wholeheartedly believe in this! Can you imagine that time you went to get a 99cent pizza and felt like a complete sloth compared to an upscale pizza joint? I’ll tell you that the difference in ingredients (the cheese) makes you function differently. Finally, I had their Acai bowl. I’m not a big fan of Acai Bowls. Mainly because they’re overly sweet and the texture seems a bit slushed. However, the Acai bowl at Wattle Café made me more of a believer. The Acai had a creamy texture, and the fruits and granola complimented the bowl. If you need to find a place to grab breakfast or coffee, Wattle Café is a place to check out if you’re in the Murray Hill area. Be sure to check out their second picturesque location in the FiDi district. Word on the street they have Koala art for your coffee.