Quick Chop! Argo on the Parade

Argo on the Parade - 212 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067

Argo's is one of my regular local weekend places to go for brunch, lunch, juice or sweets. So one Saturday before a movie session I (Amanda) decide to stop in for a quick bite to eat. I arrive at 11:30am and the place is already at capacity but I'm immediately greeted at the entrance and my name goes onto a waitlist. While waiting for an available table I observe how busy this cafe is both indoors and outdoors. If you have been to Argo's before then you know that this is not unusual. No matter the time of day you will more than likely need to wait for an available table. I think this is a sign of Argo's immense popularity, quality food, beverages and service that have everyone coming back time and time again.

After a 10 minute wait I am seated indoors amongst the buzzing (some may consider it noisy) diners.  This is definitely not the place to come for a quiet intimate chat. Menus are provided to the table but you must order and pay at the counter. This is another wait in the line-up but it moves very quickly.  Bottles of table water and glasses are also available at the counter for diners to take back to their tables.

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The Shroom with a poached egg $17.90
After a small wait, which does not go unnoticed by the waiter, he promptly follows up with the kitchen and my order arrives. My order of 'The Shroom' is a new vegetarian menu item which consists of shiitake, enoki and button mushrooms cooked in a Pepe Saya cultured butter (an Australian Cultured Butter made using the best local milk) topped with parmesan and a drizzle of Italian truffle oil, all on a bed of organic sourdough toast and a side of house-made chimichuri sauce (fresh salsa of parsley, garlic & extra virgin olive oil). To this I added a poached egg.

I thoroughly enjoyed this dish, the poached egg was cooked perfectly with the yolk centre oozing out when I cut into it. The mushrooms were lovely and buttery and the addition of truffle oil not only enhanced the alluring smell of the dish but added a decadent depth and richness to the delightful shroom mix. The 2 thick slices of organic sourdough bread were fresh and delicious and the addition of rocket and chimichuri sauce helped to cut through the richness of the buttery and cheesy mushrooms. The serving size was very generous and I definitely found it a challenge to finish but as it was so delicious I couldn't leave anything behind. This dish saw me through to dinner time without craving any mid-afternoon snacks, which is unusual for me!

I definitely recommend a visit to Argo on the Parade whether it be for a coffee or juice on the run or a sit down breakfast or lunch. Don't let a line-up deter you, it's definitely worth the wait! Fortunately Argo's is currently in the process of extending the cafe space, so hopefully soon the wait will be even less.

Don't forget there is also an Argo on the Square. You can read our review here.

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