Well technically it is in Greenpoint, but if I had of lead with that, would you have known where in the world I was talking about?!
Five Leaves is a little cafe on Bedford Ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that is going great guns!
My friend Julie and I happened to be in the area on a miserably wet Thursday so she suggested we go to this famous little Australian cafe that they had never been to because there is always such a wait on the weekends. I'm not a huge fan of waiting terribly long for my food and am a huge fan of anything Aussie, so of course we went to check it out.
Well, we waited on the corner with the 40 year old skater boys that is Brooklyn, but happily were seated right away, pram and all.
The menu was mostly American, with just hints of Australia in there...for example, beets and pineapple on a burger (which I know I know I should have ordered, but I did not, I just don't like pineapple!) and avocado comes with pretty much every breakfast option!
I was craving a burger though, but went for the regular grass fed beef burger with harissa mayo. It was cooked to medium-rare perfection, tasted exactly how beef should taste, was fresh and filling and just really good. Oh and fries come with...
Julie ordered a far more interesting lunch, a grilled shrimp roll. To the untrained visitor, this is grilled prawns on hearts of palm (huh..., I agree?! Apparently the middle of some palm trees are edible!!), with pickled chilies and fried capers. Oh and with fries.
And Baby M was ordered a side of truffle fries. Yep, I'm that mum!! I'm getting my baby hooked on truffle oil at 14 months old!! Had we of known that our plates were going to be 65% fries, we perhaps wouldn't have ordered the extra serving, but then again, there weren't all that many remaining at the end of the meal!
This is going to sound silly, but I have some truffle oil in the cupboard (as you do, it was a gift) and I don't ever know what to do with it, so I think I might try frying me some truffle fries next time, they are delicious!!
We then opted to walk instead of catching a cab, it may or may not have had something to do with the quantity of fries consumed, but it was also a nice way to see a bit more of Greenpoint. Which, has some really lovely tree-lined-brownstone streets, classic Brooklyn.
So if you are in Greenpoint and are looking for just a really good place to eat without the pretence, head to Five Leaves and you won't be disappointed. Although if you are hoping to be there on a weekend, maybe go and put your name down ahead of time (they don't take reservations) and have a pre-fries stroll around the area before you are seated. It is definitely worth a wait though, it really is very good!