Trendy reputation aside, the avocado is the still the brunch ingredient we can’t live without.
In fact, it’s even been proven fact that the squishy pear can be an effective hangover remedy – booze depletes levels of potassium in the body, which can make you feel weak and woozy.
Eating avocado tops up your potassium levels quick smart, meaning you’ll be able to hold a conversation long enough to dissect last night’s antics before you crash in front of a Coronation Street marathon for the afternoon.
These Cork restaurants have embraced the green genie for good:
1. JOES & BROS
A blessed alternative to Pot Noodle for the hungry college crowd of Gilabbey Street, Joes & Bros has an added bonus: it’s extremely easy on the wallet. Their Smashed Avocado on Soda Bread (€5.90) is served topped with crushed pine nuts and zingy tomato salsa – just the thing to get you back into the library, pronto (probably).
2. THE SPITJACK
The Spitjack on Washington Street is the brunch spot du jour, pumping out plates of buttermilk pancakes, chorizo and sausage crumble and hangover-soothing Kombucha iced tea to weary weekend warriors.
Order The Veggie plate (€7.90) for a gourmet avocado fix; your baked sweetcorn cake comes topped with crushed avocado, tomato salsa, rocket, two poached eggs and avocado hollandaise sauce. There’s two floors so the queue moves fast on Sunday mornings.
3. THE LEMON LEAF CAFE
No weekend in Kinsale is complete without a luxuriously long breakfast or brunch in the bustling Lemon Leaf Café on Main Street. Sit in the pretty garden or the sun-drenched conservatory at the back and soak up some vitamin D while you inhale your poached eggs and avocado on healthy toast.
4. LIBERTY GRILL
Still one of the buzziest brunch spots in Cork, grab a table at the Liberty Grill on Washington Street and dissect the newspapers over coffee. Their Crushed Tomato & Avocado Toast (€4.90) is a generous helping of both.
Also highly recommended is the Tostado Stack; pan fried spicy organic tempeh, house made chunky guacamole and fresh tomato salsa layered between crispy corn mini tortilla.
5. DIVA BOUTIQUE BAKERY
The best thing to happen to Ballinspittle since the moving statues, brunch at Diva Boutique Bakery & Cafe is a truly religious experience.
The menu is ever changing but you can expect a heft helping of avocado in your Mexican Scramble or slathered on freshly baked sourdough bread.