One of Brisbane’s newest cafes, Pineapple Express is a healthy foodie’s dream, serving up mouthwatering acai bowls and delicious breakfast items.
Nested in the growing area of Portside Wharf in Hamilton, Pineapple Express is a vibrant cafe with a coastal feel and fresh colour palette of white, aqua and splashes of yellow. The cafe fit out was designed by Tu Projects and in keeping with the Pineapple Express theme, perched around the cafe are fresh and decorative pineapples.
The pineapple icon is a great expression of the cafe’s love for fresh, fun and nutritious food. As co-owner Jonathon says, “It’s about eating food that tastes yum and is good for your insides.”
And this core philosophy was reflected everything we tried this morning. Our meals were fresh and healthy, while still tasting indulgent and full of flavour.
With breakfast until 11.30am, Pineapple Express offers classic breakfasts with a healthy twist. Think Smashed Avocado on Sourdough w/ feta, lemon + dukkah; the Green Breakfast Bowl w/ kale, broccolini, avocado, cherry tomatoes + poached eggs; Protein Pancakes w/ fresh fruit, coyo + honey; Eggs Benedict w/ matcha sauce; and the Protein Porridge w/ berry compote and coyo.
And of course a scrumptious selection of Acai Bowls — including a classic acai Breakfast Bowl, the Pineapple Express Green Bowl, the protein-packed Gym Junkie acai bowl, and the indulgent chocolate Acai Nutter Bowl.
It was near impossible to choose, but we finally made up our minds and ordered the Express Plate, Superfood French Toast and the Acai Nutter. The Acai Nutter — made with acai, banana, chocolate coyo, organic peanut butter, manuka honey + almond milk — was a visual feast.
And it tasted just as good as it looks. Topped with crunchy granola, ripe banana, crushed peanuts and a chocolate sauce, the Acai Nutter was delectable. The base was thick, creamy and packed with flavour, while the granola clusters and crushed peanuts added a wonderful crunch. We felt like we were indulging in pure chocolate heaven, but it still felt light and nutritious.
The Express Plate is a great savoury option, consisting of 2 poached eggs on sourdough w/ dukkah, asparagus, kale, halloumi, blistered cherry tomatoes + beetroot relish. The eggs were perfectly poached (i.e. yolk porn ensued) and the fresh, flavoursome veggies were a delightful addition. Even the kale, which Rian is usually wary of, was delicious. The inclusion of avocado to this dish would have been wonderful, but we’ll remember for next time to add it as an extra.
And the vegan French Toast.
Oh, the French Toast.
The Superfood French Toast has to be my favourite dish of the three. The healthified spin on French Toast — served with fresh berries, coyo, berry compote + maple syrup — was faultless. The French Toast was thick and fluffy, sweet but not too sweet, beautifully presented, the ideal portion and tasted divine.
We also got the chance to try the cafe’s Cocowhip — one of my favourite healthy desserts made from coconut water and coconut probiotic. Served with fresh fruit or with raw treats and clean chocolate sauce, Pineapple Express‘s Cocowhip is delish.
With good Campos coffee, a Matcha Latte and great service to top it off, Pineapple Express has quickly become a Brisbane cafe favourite. Until next time, French Toast.