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The Shipping Lane: North Fremantle

There’s plenty of places for brunch in Fremantle, and one of the newest happens to be The Shipping Lane. You’ll find it in North Fremantle, fresh with the sea breeze and close to Bib and Tucker. You’re free to take a seat and enjoy the view from the outside tables, or if you’d like a seat with a back you’ll need to wait inside to be seated. You will however need to get up and place and pay for your order at the counter. There was already a large group of people when we arrived, brunchers, beachers, singles, couples and groups all enjoying a beautiful Fremantle morning. We decided to try coffee and juices. Our green juice was okay but it seemed to come from a bottle instead of being prepared fresh, we cannot be sure however. Our banana smoothie was a lot better, light and creamy with a nice cinnamon sprinkling on top. The presentation in a mason jar also gets the tick of approval from us! The coffee at the Shipping Lane was …

Harvest Espresso: Summer 2015

There’s a whole lot of wonderful packed into the tiny Harvest Espresso and we were excited to come and try out their new summer menu. We came early on a weekday, knowing that even then the small cafe could easily be full. We would never venture there on a weekend without expecting a long wait so if you can go at a time others cannot take the opportunity. We perused the menu and were quick to make our selections and place our order at the counter. We found their coffee to be equal to the best we’ve had there. It’s not a spectacular brew, but it’s consistent and tasty. It was a creamy and smooth brew, served hot but ready to drink. As always though, the most anticipated part of our visit was the sweet dish of the new menu. Oh how happy was I to see another brioche french toast! They’ve done some pretty amazing versions in the past (the baked almond brioche was a great example) and it was obvious that this was …

Manic Espresso Como

On a quiet street in the heart of Como you’ll find Manic Espresso. On a Sunday morning it holds the early birds sitting with their paper and fur children out the front and more serious diners as you head indoors. Inside is open, light and airy. The cafe is a bit modern, a mix of wood and dark tones with flowers and art that really stand out. You’ll need to wander over to the counter to make and pay for your order and here’s water to serve yourself should you desire it. We ordered our usual lattes but really didn’t enjoy the coffee. It was burnt and not very nice so instead of dwelling we’re going to move straight on to the food. First up was the cluck and the pig, a bacon and egg breakfast burger. It had the things you look for in a breakfast burger, bacon, eggs, mayo and a bit of greenery to make you feel it’s healthy! While this was tasty, it was exactly as you would expect and nothing …

Voyage Kitchen Sorrento

If you are venturing North of the river with a local, it won’t be long you end up this favourite, Voyage Kitchen in Sorrento. You’ll find it on West Coast Drive, right near the beach with plenty of open outside tables to capitalise on sea breeze.   There was a line when we arrived so we had to add our names to the list and wait for a table to be free. We were hungry and keen for coffee but all the waiting was made up for when after being seated we were immediately served by a friendly and incredibly efficient waiter who took our coffee and food orders without delay. While we waited we had a chance to soak up the vibe, beachy, relaxed and cool, even with the crowd Voyage Kitchen had some seriously chill vibes, perfect for a summers day. Our coffees came out fast, especially given how packed the cafe was. The brew was creamy and smooth with a rich flavour and served at a good temperature. It was satisfying without …

Dinner and a Show: Ellington Jazz Club

What better past time then listening to music, and what better to do while listen to music then to enjoy a meal? With that in mind we headed to the Ellington Jazz Club, Perth’s premier jazz venue to watch the Darling Buds of May! The Darling Buds of May are a swing sextet, headed by the effervescent Jessie Gordon. They are a tightly honed group who love what they do, dancing, swinging, and laughing with the crowd. As someone who’s not that into jazz, they made it an experience that we could appreciate. The St Louis Blues were a definite stand out while the foray into improv metal and blues was surprisingly wonderful, the Latin a little less so. Each of the musicians had their chance to demonstrate their skill and versatility with lively and passionate solos that made the crowd light up.  With all the clamour going on the waitstaff made navigating the tight tables and dark room seem easy. We were shoulder to shoulder but only really felt crowded when the music wasn’t …

What we’ll miss most: Perth Favourites

In case you haven’t heard, the dynamic duo behind frenchtoastandindiepop are now in Melbourne for a new, exciting and caffeine fueled life! Not to worry though, we’ve compiled a list of all our favourite places in Perth, and in any case will be back in our favourite little city frequently. While we settle in there will be some more Perth posts to fill the void but be sure to follow along with our foodie adventures in our new home! Without further ado, here’s the list you’ve all been waiting for! Favourite ‘local’ coffee bar – SproloΒ  Sprolo was our home away from home! It’s only a recent addition to the Como/South Perth area but is already becoming quite an institution in the community. If you want to know your barista by name and exchange Christmas cards with the staff, as well as enjoy delectable, roasted on site coffee beans then look no further! Favourite Fine Dining – Print HallΒ  As recent graduates fine dining wasn’t something we did often in Perth but when we did …

Urbanistar: Bookshop and Cafe

Wanting a quick breakfast before work in the CBD, we headed to William St in Northbridge where a favourite cafe our loved ones is located. Here you’ll find Urbanistar, a bookshop and cafe in one. The tables are outside, though you’ll need to make your way through the bookshop to order. Make sure you bring cash or are prepared to walk to an ATM, as you’ll only be able to pay in cash which can be quite an inconvenience! Urbanistar serve a rich and strong coffee with creamy milk. There wasn’t much of an attempt at latte art though. The meals here are light so we went for a blt bagel. This was a good light meal, the bagel had plenty of filling and a delicious tomato relish. We also tried a cream cheese bagel. Simple, nicely toasted and served with a good amount of cream cheese that we could serve ourselves.  Urbanistar is a lovely bookstore serving nice coffee and nice food. Being a fan of both bookstores and coffee, this was all we …

Babooshka Brunching

Tucked at the end of an arcade in Northbridge off William St, you’ll find this wonderful, small cafe that really packs a punch. Babooshka is still a new inclusion to the Perth food and coffee scene and boasts tables inside and out with a wonderfully airy back seating area. The service was okay, friendly and relaxed but not super prompt. You’ll need to order and pay at the counter but your food will appear at your table after that. What we really came here for though was the coffee! Babooshka are repping the Blacklist Coffee Roasters (another name for the boys at our local favourite, Sprolo) forte blend. This is a rich, and strong coffee, complex and full bodied, one of those coffees that makes you happy, and passed our second coffee test with flying colours! Not only do they serve excellent coffee but also have a small menu of brunch dishes. We chose the Boston Beans for our savoury dish. It looked a bit oily when it arrived but was perfect when mixed through. …

French toast at Fortysevenkirwanstreet

Fortysevenkirwanstreet have demanded my attention recently, not just because their name is a little like ours, but also because their french toast has really been doing the rounds of social media. The cafe is wide, a large grassed area out the front and red and white tones dominating. You’ll be seated in comfy red chairs, and the staff provide table service. Fortysevenkirwanstreet was busy when we visited, with plenty of people taking advantage of the outside tables. The staff were superbly efficient, letting us place our coffee order as soon as we arrived. Something that frequent diners at busy cafes will always appreciate! Our latte was quite rich and creamy, an enjoyable flavour and served at a perfect temperature. Disappointedly however our second coffee was borderline burnt, a highlight of the difficulty in achieving consistent and delicious coffee. For our first dish we tried the breakfast burrito with pulled pork. A mouthful of the whole was a delicious mix of flavour. The pulled pork and crispy tortilla were the best parts, though we found the …

Banh Mi at Boss Mama

When you work in the CBD you are always on the hunt for good coffee and quick lunches. On the west end of town in particular there are less places to go, however this has been steadily improving in recent years. One of the newer venues is Mama Trans on Milligan st, and you’ll find Boss Mama as an inconspicuous little window with counter and coffee machine just inside their doors. For those familiar with Mount Lawley, this is another spinoff of Bossman, a little coffee and light eats venue in an arcade on Beaufort st. Boss Mama are quick building a reputation for their $12 Banh Mi and coffee deal, and there’s often disappointment in the mid day rush when they’ve already sold out their counters worth. If you’ve missed the memo, Banh Mi is one of the hotter food trends right now. It’s a French-Vietnamese fusion baguette filled with ingredients like pork, coriander, chilli, fish sauce, pickled veggies and pate. Banh Mi is a sandwich, but it’s not like any other sandwich you’ve …