All posts filed under: Breakfast

Flora and Fauna / Northbridge

On our recent return to Perth we checked out the tiny little cafe, Flora and Fauna. When we say little we really do mean it, this cafe is seriously tiny with seating space located in the Northbirdge arcade. Flora and Fauna is designed to be cute and charming it’s definitely achieved that. It’s the mismatched chairs, flowers and vintage decorations that have obviously be combined with care. But consider yourself warned, because there’s such a small amount of tables the staff are very vigilant in ensuring you’re sitting in the appropriate one. It can be a bit off putting, especially if you’re sitting at the right table but waiting for friends. The menu at Flora and Fauna vegan and vegetarian, with mostly healthy and some sweet eats. You’ll need to place an order at the counter and your meal will be brought out to you. We started with a light and fresh strawberry sunshine juice, and a decent but not otherwise particularly memorable latte. Our meals came soon after, and it was obvious they were …

Tbsp / Bayswater

There’s been a lot of improvements around the Bayswater area since we were last here. The best of these is Tbsp. a long and narrow venue that has opened in our absence. You’ll find it on King William Street, unassuming but comfortable in its simple fit out.  We enjoyed the light steaming in from the front window. Finding ourselves a table and a menu, we decided what we wanted before ordering and paying at the counter. We enjoyed our coffees, a nice flavour and foam, and served at a drinkable texture. The beautiful insulated glass was just a bonus. Tbsp. has taken some simple dishes and added a twist to make them very special. The highlight for us was the Kimchi Grilled Cheese. We decided to add bacon and the crew were nice enough to put it straight into our toastie. The presentation of this dish was stunning and the flavours just divine. The kimchi is perfect with the rich cheese, it cuts through and adds that chilli hit. Why no one has done this already (that …

Asado / Claremont

We spent a lot of time in Claremont before we moved and coming back we were delighted to discover Asado had opened in our absence. It’s a long and narrow venue, inviting you in with the allure of space and modern sheek decor.    We went all the way through to the back for the intimacy of the lounge and the view to the garden. The cafe was empty when we arrived but people began to filter through soon after. The staff were initially attentive but seemed to forget about us tucked in the back corner. We eventually had to walki back to the front to get the attention of someone to get our order taken. Not the best start to our meal but we persevered. When our latte arrived it was hot but rich with a wonderfully fruity flavour. The table staff needed some work but we can’t fault their barista.When you’re offered the opportunity to have steak and chips you take it, the egg on it is really just for show… We knew this meal …

Lamonts / Smith Beach

 When down South in Western Australia you’ll want to make the most of the proximity to its beautiful beaches and Lamont’s is just perfect to soak it all in. It’s such a chic location, the beach comes inside with you – just as the tourists and locals wander in straight from the water, shoeless and bronzed. Why wouldn’t they – with a beach like this just a couple of minutes walk up the road! When you’ve finishing soaking up the view you’ll need to grab yourself a table and place your order at the counter. We started with coffees. There was no attempt at latte art but we found the coffee quite good considering the isolation of our location. It was probably a bit over extracted but full bodied with creamy milk.  Our first meal was a simple bacon and eggs to which we added some hash browns. Both the bacon and eggs were very well cooked and we loved the addition of the dill. The hash brown was crisp and tasty. This was a simple dish, but …

Hermosa / Wembley

 The people behind one of our North of Perth favourites, Tropico have just opened a new venue in Wembley. You’ll find Hermosa on Cambridge Street in a large and open venue, which really invites you in.   Inside is a chic and modern venue. There’s plenty of light and colour to attract the eye and we had the pick of the cafe on a quiet weekday morning. With the sunlight streaming in its easy to forget that Hermosa transforms, becoming a bar as night falls.  We started with our coffee order, taking time to peruse our options. The menu is Spanish inspired (yes there are churros for breakfast!) with variations of most of your favourites. With the cafe mostly to ourselves the service was unsurprisingly attentive. We started with coffee with beans from Will & Co. It was rich and creamy, served quite hot but lost some of its flavour as it cooled. Our first dish was avocado on toast served with a lime and tomato salsa and a poached egg on top. We didn’t feel like it needed an egg …

The Old Laundry / North Perth 

  There’s been a real buzz about the new breakfast chef and menu at The Old Laundry in North Perth and we made it our mission to visit as soon as we arrived back in Perth!       It’s a wonderfully charming venue by day and we’re sure just as lovely by night. It’s an open and relaxed restaurant with quirky decor and wallpaper to catch the eye wherever you look. We visited with a group of six for breakfast mid week and had no problems getting a table. The staff were warm and friendly and efficient getting our orders taken and answering our questions. We were a varied group in age and preferences but it was obvious looking around the table that everyone felt at home at The Old Laundry. This isn’t something that always happens, it can be hard to find a venue for our diverse tastes.  We started with coffees, going with our usual lattes. They were creamy with a full flavour and an interesting mouthfeel. We were pleasantly surprised by the richness of …

Chu Bakery / Highgate

When a new bakery opens, we want to be there – even if we’re on the opposite side of the country! On a recent visit to Perth we made the just opened Chu Bakery in Highgate one of our first stops. We heard they’d been serving up some pretty delectable treats and went early to see what was on offer. Even arriving when we did there were people filling up the small space.  There were also croissants on the counter, even a Kaya croissant which I didn’t notice until after placing my order and which were too crowded by people to get a photo of. I’ll know what to go for on my next visit! We were comforted by the presence of a barista we’d seen all over town, slinging coffee at Small Print and Maven Espresso on the other side of the counter. We went with a a couple of sweet treats and coffee… For research purposes, obviously! Our latte was made from Dukes beans. A creamy, balanced and slightly sweet brew, it was an unexpected pleasure …

Flinderz, Hillarys

You’ll find Flinderz in an odd location in Hillarys, tucked off the street and inside a shopping complex. We found our way there by following the stream of cyclists heading for their morning coffee. The building has an interesting facade, curved, allowing for plenty of outside space and tables. There were many tables reserved for a weekend morning but we still got a seat outside. The atmosphere is surprisingly pleasant for being so close to the supermarkets, the wait for our friends was peaceful in the morning sunshine and the staff were prompt in servicing our table. We decided to give their monkey nut smoothie a try. It was a delicious mix of banana, honey and macadamia and was nicely sweet and creamy. Unsurprisingly with a name like ‘Monkey Nut’ the banana was the most prominent flavour! As well as treating ourselves to a smoothie we also went for some Lattes. Honestly their coffee was nothing special, a bit over extracted and I can’t say we were satisfied with them. Our first dish was an …

Di Bella Roasting Warehouse, Fremantle

You’ll find the Di Bella Roasting Warehouse on South Street, it’s a huge venue with a unique open outside space that’s hard to miss! We chose to seat ourselves inside, close to the action but still able to enjoy the lovely weather. We were also situated close to Di Bella’s retail section, with plenty of coffee and goods available to take home with you. The counter is expansive, dominating the back of the store with an impressive array of treats and coffee machines on display. You’ll find Di Bella coffee across Perth, with plenty of cafes using their blends or designing their own signatures, like the Halo blend. Di Bella’s coffee on this occasion had a wonderful bite to it. It’s rich and complex for people who like a strong and full bodied coffee. Our first dish was a sweet delight, banana and maple bacon waffles! The banana was grilled with some cinnamon, served with a delectable salted caramel sauce and bacon. The waffles were served hot but were a little lighter in colour then …