Poppy Planet is a new cafe located in Darlinghurst on Oxford Street, in a short walk to Taylor Square and St Vincent’s hospital. You’ll need to park in a backstreet or hop off the bus right in front.
The cafe’s decor could be described as quirky and youthful, with green and red tones on the lower level and brass and velveteen chairs. At the front hangs 4 swings as chairs which gives it a youthful feel and a bit of a fun factor.
This ties into their upper level which takes you on a pick set of stairs into the clouds, with pink and purple tones. The space is large and could easily accommodate larger groups.
They’re all about colour and creativity and this extends through to their food, with each dish showcasing plenty of bright colours, edible flowers and unique items. In addition they focus on handmade products to retain their own personal quality.
We tried their MAD REUBEN, a duo of breads (charcoal and white sourdough) filled with a delicious corned beef, provolone cheese, Russian dressing and served with a side of “cacio e Pepe” fries (fries with cheese). A great sandwich, freshly prepared and very tasty.
We also went for their MISS PASATA, a mix of sweet potato, shimeji mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, poached eggs and a soy balsamic reduction. Served beautifully with a few crisps, that it’s presentation reminded us of Harry Potters flying snitch.
This cafe is a mix of Japanese and Italian influences and they sure do their Italian well. We loved the Poppy Pasta at lunch, the three pieces of green poppyseed ravioli were filled with ricotta and egg yolk, topped with butter sage, poppy seed and flowers. As you cut this, the egg yolk oozed perfectly. Their pastas are handmade and we’d be keen to try more at dinner, when their menu has plenty more Pasta options.
Burgers, churros and croissants are also on option for breakfast, as are eggs on toast or the popular avo on toast. We recommend trying something a little different to get a taste of their unique offerings.
The menu has heaps of options for vegetarian and vegan diners too, including a $35 vegan menu on a Wednesday night special in addition to a regular $35 menu with arancini, pasta and dessert which seems like a good deal!
We love that they’re open late, especially because it’s often hard to get a good coffee late in the afternoon. Coffee here is amazing and they use beans from Reformatory Coffee lab.
We also loved their Poppy Latte, a raspberry flavoured hot drink that is perfect if you’re not up for caffeine. They’ve also got juices and milkshakes to complement your meal.
It’s a lovely atmosphere with friendly and efficient service and we look forward to returning.
251 Oxford St
Mon-Fri: 6:30am – 2pm