Brunch is always a good option whether catching up with friends or recovering from a night out. Auvers is an Australian brunch spot in the Futian CBD that can be found in the new One Avenue shopping mall complex. With two locations Down Under, the brand gives Shenzheners a glimpse of infamous Australian brunch culture.
Auvers smashed avo. Image courtesy of Auvers
According to proprietor Ron, art is the main inspiration behind this cafe-restaurant. Whether the dishes or decor, art plays a vital role in this establishment. As this is the first location outside of Australia, the menu is still undergoing some tweaking to cater to Shenzhen’s palate.
Here, you won’t be finding your run-of-the mill breakfast plates. All dishes are thoughtfully prepared, using sauces made in-house and ingredients that subtly incorporate Asian flavors and ingredients.
We start with the ‘Auvers smashed avo’ (RMB68), which is topped with house-made furikake seasoning and dollops of sweet corn miso sauce (a tasty combination). The Auvers eggs benedict (RMB78) comes with smoky pulled pork, an onsen egg and hollandaise sauce atop a croissant. The flavor profile of this dish is on the sweeter side due to the corn salsa and the sauce from the pulled pork. If you like sweet and savory, then this is your jam.
Image courtesy of Auvers
An interesting dish that you perhaps won’t find at other brunch spots is the salmon terrine (RMB88). The smoked salmon (which was very fresh, no fishy taste or smell) envelops a creamy fennel creme fraiche filling. The best part is crushing up the crispy, squid ink cracker, which adds texture to the dish. Lastly, Auvers does a killer flat white (RMB32) along with plenty of other iced beverage options.
Interior from day to night. Image courtesy of Auvers.
While the space isn’t fully furnished yet, the vibe is casual and friendly. The restaurant decor is quite minimalist, letting the artistry of the dishes stand out, instead. Everything served looks like something you’d find at a fine dining restaurant, yet the prices are very reasonable for this type of Western-style brunch. As the brunch menu is two pages, there’s definitely more culinary exploration to embark on – we will be back soon!
Who’s going: yuppies, foodies
Good for: quality brunch, coffee dates
Nearest metro: Gangxia (Exit B), 3 minutes’ walk
Open daily, 10am-10pm. See listing for Auvers.
[Cover image courtesy of Auvers]