All posts tagged: Albany Highway

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 …

The Imp, Vic Park

A local favourite, the Imp is well known for their great coffee and food, and their narrow little store on Albany Highway. The cafe is all wood and sleek lines with a rustic edge. They play good tunes in a cool but somehow still welcoming location. The coffee here was enjoyable, a nice flavour and creamy but without that knockout punch of a really good brew. Our first dish was the heuvos rancheros. We love a good Mexican breakfast and this didn’t disappoint. It had a nice kick to it and a real creaminess from the feta and guacamole. It’s hard to go wrong with eggs, tortillas, beans, feta and guacamole! Lucky for us they offered french toast with a berry coulis and maple syrup, we added bacon, just because… Bacon. The coulis was wonderful, fresh and flavourful, it made the maple syrup completely unnecessary. The toast was thick with a soft centre and a nice flavour, it would have gone well with an added creamy element, a mascarpone or chantilly just to cut through …

Cheap Eats: Crumpet, Vic Park

We are rather fond of crumpets, and upon happening upon ‘Crumpet’ in Vic Park on a weekend wander we couldn’t resist giving their little cafe a try. Located on Albany highway the cafe itself is quite non descript, but we found their crumpet laden menu interesting and the prices cheap so we headed to the counter to make our selections. Inspired by the wonderful @idrinkmilkshakes of Instagram fame, we decided to share a vanilla milkshake. The staff were happy for us to share, providing glasses and the serving size was so big we doubt a single person could have finished it alone. The milkshake itself was frothy, thick and creamy, just what we wanted. For the $5/$6 (we can’t quite recall which) we were pretty impressed. We hadn’t been sure what to order, and everything being so cheap we ended up selecting three dishes to share. As soon as the milkshake came out giant sized we realised what a bad decision this had been but soldiered on nevertheless. The crumpet dish (yes that’s what it …

Harvest Espresso: Spring Menu 2014

Harvest Espresso is one of my favourites, their cafe may be tiny but their flavours always hit hard. As always when they release a new menu we were quick to visit and check it out. We started with coffees, we haven’t always enjoyed theirs but this was the best we’d had from them. They were creamy, balanced and with a bold flavour hit. Now onto to the really good stuff, the food! As usual we decided to try a sweet and a savory option. There’s only one sweet dish on the menu but there’s quite a few savory to choose from. First up was the baked pineapple slice, the signature sweet dish of the spring menu. It came with lemongrass foam, yuzu pearls, a pineapple gel and fried quinoa. The slice was moist, sweet and nicely flavoured with pineapple and almond. My favourite part of the dish though was the gel, it was sweet and tart and had such a lovely texture. It really pulled the whole dish together. As always with a Harvest Espresso …

The Sparrows Nest, Vic Park

The Sparrows Nest is a new addition to Albany Highway and the vibrant Victoria Park cafe scene. They’ve got a really cute vibe going, and the puppy drinking bowl was a very nice touch. The decor inside is all just a little bit eclectic and interesting, matched by the good taste in music, we’ll let you check the name of the blog if you’d like to know what genre that happens to be… Unusually you can see through to the kitchen at the back so if you like you’ll be able to sit and watch them create your meal for you. Orders are placed at the counter and you’ll have to grab a menu for yourself too. We started with yahava coffees. We found them to have a nice flavour and they were creamy but a bit too hot. We did discover that they make a creme brûlée coffee on their Instagram page after we left, which is frankly intriguing so we may just have to return to try it. The Sparrows Nest offer a …

Harvest Espresso: 2014 Winter menu

Harvest Espresso is the one of the few cafés where a change of menu makes us anxious, nay desperate to taste it at the first possible opportunity. With such amazing dishes on their summer and autumn menus, our expectations were high. We made our way over there on an early Wednesday morning, a brief interlude to the unfortunate realities of being a student at this time of year. The tiny cafe was bustling with activity and wonderful smells and a welcoming warmth greeted us as we opened the door. The chilly weather outside required hot beverages ASAP, and after taking in the menu, we ordered our usual lattes and much anticipated meals at the counter. Our coffee was nice, a touch over extracted but a good temperature with no attempt at latte art. It did the job of warming us from the inside out, and defrosting our chilled fingers. Our first dish to the table was winter vegetables. We always like the chance to taste a good vegetarian option, and this fit the bill. The …

The Precinct: Sophisticated Dining in Vic Park

Walking into the Precinct is almost like walking into an art gallery off the street in some far flung, fashionable city. You’ll seek sleek and manicured black, combined with art of the walls and a very purposeful leaking through of the old red brick wall underneath. This cafe in Vic Park is big and open, with plenty of staff around. It opens to the bar and you can glimpse into the kitchen out the back. We started with a smoothie to share and a couple of lattes. Our order was taken quickly and arrived in a timely manner, always a good sign. Our Banana Smoothie was lovely. A pure banana, cinnamon and yogurt with a great thickness, though a touch icey. Our coffees were the first in a while that haven’t been too hot. They had a smooth texture and great flavour. We were quite impressed. Our first meal to arrive was the pea and corn potato cakes. This dish was just amazing, we could have just kept eating and eating. There wasn’t that much …

Harvest Espresso: Vic Park

Harvest espresso is a tiny little coffee shop and brunchery that can be found on Albany Highway. When I say ‘tiny’ I’m not exaggerating, it really feels like you’re sitting in a shoebox. While it’s cozy and cute, this does create some space issues and even on a quite weekday morning there’s a tussle for space. That being said it is comfortable, and the food and coffee are worth the close proximity to your neighbours. We first visited Harvest espresso due to the buzz surrounding their new spring menu, DineWhitMe’s post is probably the best of those, and we couldn’t resist checking it out. Since then we have come back specifically for the baked almond brioche twice and each time it has blown us away. When you want to come back to a cafe to try an item again simply because they changed the poached fruit in it you know it’s a pretty spectacular meal. On our first visit, it was poached strawberries and toasted muesli, on an almond brioche, and with a chamomile panna cotta (standing …