Norwood cafe Argo on the Parade prides itself on being inclusive. “Our values are community, growth, family, innovation and care,” says owner Daniel Milky. “That translates to everyone. We’ve got computer chargers on both sides of the shop and laptop plugs for workers. It doesn’t matter what you need to do here as long as you’re respectful.”

It’s this kind of approach that sees Argo’s two locations, Argo on the Parade in Norwood and Argo on the Square in the CBD, both regularly packed with customers. “Stop assuming you know what the customer wants,” says Milky of his success. “Just start listening to them.”

The inclusivity extends to staff. The cafe’s latest creation, The Za’atar Bagel, was developed by team member Helen La at Argo on the Parade. Milky says La was just one of many staff members who contributed recipe ideas. “It’s not just the chefs,” he says. “A lot of the really good recipe suggestions for this dish came from floor staff.” The bagel combines traditional Lebanese za’atar with Philadelphia cream cheese. This is spread on a halved bagel with a layer of sliced cucumber topped by a fried egg. The silky-smooth cream cheese acts as an ideal carrier for the heavily spiced za’atar.

It’s a simple dish, says Milky. But a few tips are important for getting it right.

“Don’t buy your za’atar from a supermarket,” says Milky. “Traditionally, za’atar is quite a strong flavour and the real stuff comes from Jerusalem. The ones from the supermarket are an inferior blend.” He suggests sourcing it from Adelaide Lebanese Bakery in Thebarton.

Milky says the dish is light and easy to eat. “And healthy, with fresh cucumber and the lean protein in the egg to keep you full. And the smooth, creamy texture of the Philadelphia cream cheese works well with the spiced za’atar.”

A coffee fanatic, Milky’s pairing suggestion for the bagel is a half long black. “It’s a long black with half the water,” he says. “So it’s stronger – a short long black. I was at a cafe in Melbourne two weeks ago and when I asked for a long black with half the water, the barista said, ‘Oh you want a schlong’.” Milky laughs. “We don’t say that here.”

Update: This item is no longer available in-store. Here’s how to make Argo on the Parade’s Za’atar Bagel at home.

Argo on the Parade’s Za’atar Bagel
Serves one

Ingredients:
100g Philadelphia cream cheese
1 tbsp za’atar
1 plain bagel, split in half
2 eggs
1 Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced

Method:
Combine Philadelphia cream cheese and za’atar. Set aside. Place bagel halves in the toaster. While waiting, fry two eggs over medium heat.

To serve, spread bagel with Philadelphia cream cheese mix, add a layer of cucumber and top with fried egg. For added kick, dust with paprika.

This article is presented in partnership with Philadelphia Spreadable Cream Cheese. Featuring the signature smooth creamy texture of Philadelphia cream cheese, we've worked with some of our favourite cafes to design this limited-edition lunch menu item, available in-store now.

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