We ventured over to Moana cafe after a number of recommendations about their coffee, and cool fit out. You’ll find it up the stairs almost above croissant express in the Hay st mall. For those unable to get up the stairs there is a lift available too.
The interior is woody and a bit retro. The Moana cafe is one of three initiatives including an art gallery directly next door.
We went and got a seat on the balcony over looking the Hay St Mall. There were plenty of others doing the same, and most people who walked into the cafe couldn’t help but check the view. There is certainly something magical about looking down on the frenetic pace of the street below as you start your day slow with coffee and food.
You’ll need to place and pay for your order at the counter. There are mostly lighter breakfast options but a fairly expansive drinks menu.
As well as coffee we went for something a little different. The London Fog is a sweet, tea like milk drink that we haven’t seen anywhere other then at Moana. It’s got a nice fruitiness and creaminess from the milk but the flavour is of a good french earl grey. We really enjoyed it and it’s something we’d be happy to order again.
Moana are well known for their coffee in the CBD and we’d been really looking forward to trying it. They use five senses beans and we found their coffee to have a nice strong and interesting flavour without being bitter. The milk was creamy too, making it pretty tasty drink.
We went for a sweet dish and a savoury to try. First up was the yogurt parfait with banana, honey, slivered almond, toasted museli and natural yogurt, there was also a stone fruit like peach. The dish was simple but had a nice balance of sweetness, mix of textures and was a big and filling serve. Simple and well executed can be deceptively hard to find but Moana did it well.
We also had the breakfast wrap. This reminded us of the breakfast burrito we had at Little Willy’s in Northbridge recently. It included avocado, bacon, Spanish omelette and a tangy tomato relish. Again this was a simple but tasty dish done well and the tangy tomato relish really pulled it all together.
We really enjoyed our visited to Moana with the exception of a very long and unexplained wait for takeaway coffee after we finished our meal.