All posts tagged: west perth

Epic Espresso

Some time ago and at the very beginning of a discovery of a thing called coffee (now my life is defined by a ‘before’ and an ‘after’) I visited Epic Espresso. I don’t remember much from the visit besides the feeling of heaven in that first, perfect sip. It’s safe to say there was a lot riding on this visit. The cafe is deceptively spacious once you get past the crowd waiting for their takeaway coffees and we took a seat towards the back. We headed back to the counter to place our orders and didn’t need to wait too long, the coffee arriving just before the food being a testament to the speed of their kitchen as opposed to the lack of it by their baristas. The coffee was good, by all accounts very good even. The latter art was lovely, it was served at perfect drinking temperature and had a rich flavour. But it didn’t have that wow factor I remembered, it doesn’t help that coffee is a tricky beast to get consistent …

West End Deli, Leederville

You’ll find West End Deli on Carr Street in Leederville, in a bit of a suburban haven. Inside the cafe is a clash of wood and sleek black. It is at once both playful and cleanly professional. The staff continued the good impression of the decor and took our coffee orders promptly as we sat down, returning soon after with menus and water. The service was that wonderful balance of attentive without being overcrowding, it helped that they too were immaculate in black with accentuating white aprons. We found the menu here to be a bit out of the ordinary, its one of those that you’re already planning your next visit before you’ve even placed your order because there’s so much you want to try. Part of our excitement was the ability to design your own breakfast, but you’ll hear more about that in a moment… First up was the coffee. Its one of those coffees you often get from places that are all about their food, something decent but obviously lacking the effort that …

Gordon St Garage Brunching

Gordon Street Garage is quick becoming our go to restaurant for excellent food and coffee every time. Their menu is constantly updated and there’s always something seasonal and awesome for us to try. The Mano a Mano roastery make some favoursome coffee beans, roasted on site and made with love, there’s a little something wonderful in all the coffees we’ve enjoyed here. Today was no different, it was creamy and delicious. What’s more impressive is the consistency between the dine in and takeaway coffees on offer. Despite being made on two different machines, the flavour is always spot on and the taste is the immediately recognisable as a Gordon Street Garage blend. As we have previously, we couldn’t pass up the banana bread and chocolate mascarpone. It’s was crispy, light and indulgent all at once. Chocolate and banana is a combination that just works. Definitely something to try on your next visit. Our first dish was a more brunch-y option, with avocado, horseradish and grapefruit crostini. This was an incredibly simple but stunningly presented dish. …

Gordon Street Garage Revisit

Ah Gordon Street Garage, our old favourite for interesting, reliably good food and coffee, but still with a relaxed, hipster vibe. As with previous visits the coffee was divine. Gordon Street Garage do a strong and interesting brew and their latte art is lovely. We ordered second coffees and were just as impressed, the ability to make consistently good coffee is a real skill, and not too many venues can pass the two coffee test. We shared a beautifully toasted banana bread with a rich chocolate mascarpone. The bread was moist, and arrived hot with delectably crispy edges. The only downside was that the banana flavour was a little overwhelmed with cinnamon. This coconut rice pudding has to be one of the more unique breakfasts we’ve tried in Perth at the moment. It was a large serving of creamy, coconut-y goodness. The rice was soft, without disintegrating and the bursts of pineapple added a tart hit, that cut through the creaminess. A hint of lime tied the whole dish together. The rich tomato dish is …

Gordon Street Garage

Gordon Street Garage is a fairly new venue located on Gordon street (not really surprising) in a big room that (also not surprising) used to be a garage. They serve brunch, coffee and cakes during the day and tapas, dinner and drinks in the evening. They have their own coffee roaster and serve a mix of speciality coffee. The venue itself is quirky, a mix of urban cool, retro fittings and eclectic art. The serving plates and glasses match the vibe, with colours, patterns and interesting design. It’s a slick manicured cool, designed to look almost accidentally hipster, but hipster nonetheless (although maybe now I’ve said that it isn’t? who knows). On a previous visit I was very impressed with my coconut french toast, served with dates and a coconut yogurt. It was a fairly small serving but the flavours were good and it was beautifully presented, so I was really looking forward to what would be on the menu this time. As expected it was a changed menu, with plenty of new and appealing …