Beany Green is a funky spot that brightens up the concrete canal-side area just off Paddington’s Sheldon Square. Stone picnic tables and hot pink deckchairs donning pop-art banana illustrations spill out onto the astro turf that hugs the side of this industrial building. The fun combo continues inside this coffee shop and brunch spot – bold and bright furnishings (colourful metal chairs, pop art posters and shaggy fluorescent orange cushions) breath life into the urban features.
There’s a huge counter heaving with healthy treats – vibrant salads, perfectly formed little protein balls and fibre-rich muffins to take away. But we were here to sit in and enjoy the bottomless brunch, and our advice is to go hungry as this is a two-course affair with free-flowing cocktails. Bloody marys were particularly pokey, and mimosas were made with freshly squeezed orange juice.
Beany Green’s exclusive espresso blend (roasted by The Roasting Party in Winchester) was served Aussie-style by some of the smiliest baristas we’ve met. Little glasses of espressos and killer cortados woke us up. There were also plenty of fresh juices on offer (red zinger with beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger, and green detox with cucumber, spinach, celery and apple) and smoothies with fat-free frozen yogurt – go for an extra caffeine hit with banana, dates, coconut H20, almonds and espresso sprinkled with shaved coconut and freshly roasted coffee beans.
The hot ‘main’ options include French toast, plenty of eggs and a full Aussie breakfast (The Bondi). Avocado on toast was given one of the best twists we’ve tried, with crisp organic charcoal sourdough topped with avocado, a crunchy lime and lemon dukkah, a dollop of creamy labneh and fiery homemade chilli pesto. Huge discs of fritters were textured with bursts of corn and plenty of broccoli, accompanied with avocado and home-made chilli pesto.
After something meaty? The fancy bacon roll was a fab twist on the bacon sarnie, with thin, flaky paratha roti piled high with crisp onions, poached eggs, back bacon, chilli, and The Ribman’s punchy Holy Fuck Hollandaise.
Portions are huge; the banana bread sandwich stacks up two hefty slices of moist toasted banana bread laden with mascarpone, marinated fresh berries and flaked almonds, complete with a drizzle of honey and a little edible flower on top. We recommend ordering this for dessert and taking what you can’t eat away to snack on at home in your bloody-mary induced coma.