Ave Cucina & Café, Eva St, Coorparoo

 We cheered for them on “My Kitchen Rules” and now the dream has come true.

Veronica and Shadi Abraham have opened their own restaurant in suburban Coorparoo, showcasing their family style food which encompasses their Italian/Lebanese heritage.

Just as it was on the show, family is very important in the restaurant with everyone lending a hand. Normally an ocean of checked pants and white jackets, the kitchen on opening night was full of women decked out in their finery for the opening, putting the finishing touches on the food before it hit the floor.

“Simple, with a twist,” is how Veronica describes their cuisine. “We are looking to create an affordable yet cosmopolitan eatery with a warm, loving atmosphere – your new local, where everyone knows your name and just how you like your coffee.”

So what’s on the menu?  On opening night there were some wonderful ‘meat pies’ as Veronica calls them and other goodies floating around.  The table was filled with some very interesting, one-off imported cheeses, roasted tomatoes and some marinated olives which I’d love to eat again.

From today on the breakfast menu along with some standard bacon and eggs offerings, you’ll find Ave’s French toast, housemade za’atar bread with cucumber slices and tomato and Rosaria’s eggs alla fiamma.
Lunch includes caponata (sautéed eggplant, capsicum, zucchini and tomato) with a side of bread ($9.50), marinated lamb wrap ($12), Sicilian pasta ($14), bruschetta ($11.50) and steak baguette ($12).

Veronica and Shadi are still finding their way with the café and planning to modify the menu as they settle in.
With coffee king Phillip Di Bella and coffee shop supremo John Lazarou beefing up the crowd at the opening, it’s clear the Abrahams have some experienced mentors on hand.

Ave Cucina & Coffee Bar, 16 Eva Street, Coorparoo.+61 7 3161 5937 (no reservations)

2011 Trading hours - 
Mondays – CLOSED
Tuesday – coffee and cakes only until 11:30am
Wednesday-Saturday 7am-3:30pm (kitchen closes at 2pm)
Sunday – 8-1pm for all day breakfast only


Claire @ Claire K Creations said...

Those marinated olives do look rather delicious and I wouldn't mind a taste of the 'meat pies' yum!
Thanks for keeping me in the know.

Biba Wythes said...

We went to Ave Cucina this morning and it was a fantastic atmosphere and yummy coffee! Great job!

Gastronomy Gal said...

Loving the Lebanese eateries that are popping up! This looks great!

Anonymous said...

Such a friendly place and they do the cutest kids milkshakes. Good strong coffee and delicious salads

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

Despite all the fame, Veronica and Shadi are just plain nice people and it shows through in their cafe. Glad you enjoyed your meal!

Anonymous said...

Went to Ave Cucina for lunch today and I would recommend this place for great food, wonderful friendly service and a truly special little cafe!! Will certainly recommend this place to all our friends!!

Anonymous said...

Veronica and Shadi are such beautiful people and simply love cooking their cultral, authentic, fresh and home made food. Went there before and it was FANTASTIC!!! The service was great, the food A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and the atmoshphere just felt so cosy!! I would DEFINATELY reccomend Ave Cucina 100%!!! Well done Veronica and Shadi!!! You brang a delight to the neighbourhood!!! 10 out of 10!!! ***** 5 star!!!

Kerry Heaney said...

Hi Anthony Scott - Thanks for your comments about Ave Cucina. It sounds like you had a less than happy experience but this perhaps isn't the right forum for your complaint. I suggest you take it up with the owners of the establishment if you haven't already done so.

Anonymous said...

Yawn - I have had better food at sizzler.... And how expensive is this place??? Omg...