Located down the lane ways where Wolf Lane is close by, this casual cafe has plenty of seating outside which is perfect for enjoying the morning sun and breakfast. There’s lots to choose from, centring around poached eggs. I chose the Holmes Stack, comprising of a corn fritter, smashed avo, poached egg and a choice of bacon or smoked salmon (I chose smoked salmon). Once you cut into the poached egg it has a nice runny yolk. With the avocado, smoked salmon, dukkah, greens and a dash of hot sauce for some pep, this was a tasty breakfast. I also really enjoyed the chai latte which was delicious.
Moana Coffee is a hidden cafe, a place I’ve walked past so many times I really think most of Perth does’t know it exists. Situated in the renovated Moana Chambers, from Hay St Mall, keep a look out for Britton’s Formal Hire, walkthrough and to the left and up the stairs or take the lift if you’re lazy. Sharing the space with an artist-run exhibition space, once you do a U turn after reaching the top of the stairs, you will discover this peaceful and tranquil balcony cafe.
I stopped by for a quick breakfast on the go. I’m a little too eager first thing in the morning for the dessert cabinet isn’t fully stocked and I decide I need something less sweet for breakfast. Examining the quiches and pies, the chicken and mushroom quiche fitted the bill. Nicely warmed, gooey cheese, soft mushroom and tender chicken, this was just what I needed. After my client meeting I had to make a return stop for morning tea before heading back to the city. Plenty to enjoy, I selected several eclairs, petit fours, and some macaroons. I like the choux pastry of the eclairs, particularly the coffee and chocolate varieties. And those macarrons are so yum! If you’re at the Subiaco train station or at Woolworths popping in for shopping at the Subiaco Square, you have no excuse not to indulge in the delicious pastry items both sweet and savoury.
Little Matcha Girl is a cafe on Preston St just past the Cygnet movie theatre. With seating inside and out, you can grab a coffee or drool over their dessert creations featuring matcha, the imported green tea powder straight from a farm in Kyoto, Japan. Whilst travelling through Japan matcha features in many desserts and carries a delicious flavour. My first choice was the matcha opera gateau with 7 layers. The flavours are tasty, though a little heavy with the chocolate. Just needs a little more of a balance and a lightness but very enjoyable. The other creation for my takeaway order was the matcha mousse. Oh wow! This blew me away. What an absolutely delicious array of matcha flavours! This has a delicious moist matcha sponge on the base, a matcha mousse which is light and airy and carrying a very authentic matcha flavour, and the matcha cream quinelle which is so yum. Amazing! With IGA just down the road there is no excuse not to swing by. Make sure it’s on your shopping list!
How did you start your weekend? I popped into La Belle Sweets being a lover of patisseries and baked goods. Situated in a quiet suburban area of Lathlain, several people drop by for a coffee, a baked item or a sweet treat. Looking at the display cabinet had me drooling over what I should get. There’s lots to choose from and they also have hot items like quiches for example. We’ve got cronuts, now they have cruffins – a croissant type pastry formed into the shape of a muffin and filled with something special. With several fillings to choose from, I chose a cruffin with a passionfruit and mandarin cream and really enjoyed this delicious creation. The croissant is firmer and has a slight salty tinge like those in Paris. The cream filling is tasty but swings from too overpowering to perfect. The mandarin and passionfruit flavour work extremely well together. I also had a delicious croissant filled with matcha cream. I’m not sure if they meant to overcook the croissant but it adds crunch and the slight smoky flavour contrasts nicely with the rich matcha (green tea) flavoured cream. Yum yum yum.
I couldn’t wait till the afternoon and dove into the creme brulee Danish. Lovely crispy flaky pastry, delicious vanilla flecked custard, soft apple cubes hiding underneath. Very yum! They didn’t have a name for the last item picked up, I call it an almond chocolate gateau, but it has an almond layer followed by a chocolate ganache, hazelnuts and chocolate cream, topped with a white macaron and silver. Pretty good though the different elements and flavour need a bit more balance. Some interesting creations, excellent execution, just need a little more work on balancing the flavours. If you’re local, definitely a spot to swing by but get there early as the items disappear fast.
Not too far from the Albany Highway restaurant strip lies this hidden away suburban French cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Being a sucker for sweet things, baked goods, and pastries, I was interested in seeing what was on offer from the patisserie section of the display cabinet. A range of tarts greeted me and I was immediately drooling over which ones to pick. In the end I chose the raspberry tart, Paris Brest, and also picked up an almond croissant as part of my takeaway order. The raspberry tart has a lovely thin pastry, firm enough to hold the contents of a delicious light creme patisserie which partners well with the raspberries. The Paris Brest has a lovely light choux pastry encasing a lovely light almond laden cream which is quite rich but tasty. I saved the almond croissant for breakfast the next day and loved the slightly crunchy on the outside croissant, covered in slivered almonds which make the croissant quite rich. A lovely local cafe to drop by for some baked goods or grab a bite in a cosy comforting cafe. There’s seating inside and out with a retractable plastic wall to shield patrons from the elements.
What a generous serving! There’s plenty of food on offer and lots of variety which appealed to me the most. I’m a real fan of karaage chicken so was glad to see this as an option under the bento box section. This version was different to those I’ve eaten previously with a slightly different batter. It’s light and crunchy and doesn’t go soggy at all. The batter is lovely and encases tender succulent chicken with a rich mayo. Karaage chicken normally is crumbed which I prefer but this was still tasty. I also loved the other elements in the bento box. The fish cake was so delicious, light, soft super tender fish encased in a golden crumb. The tempura prawn was also excellent, a perfect light crunchy batter encasing well cooked prawn. Then there’s the octopus balls (takoyaki) which has soft tender octopus surrounded by a light gooey pancakey mixture with a lovely golden brown outer. These were rich, creamy and very enjoyable, especially with the sweetish BBQ sauce. The miso soup was warm and soothing, the salad certainly helped to take the edge of the rich and deep fried elements and was particularly refreshing. The rice with sesame seeds was lovely and I like the pickled ginger to aid digestion. The sugar snap peas were a bit unusual though, very stringy and chewy apart from the peas inside. Really stuffed, glad I’ve got a bit of a walk back to the office which is much needed. Satisfied.
Another visit to Toffee Cafe is a must and I ordered the currywurst with sauerkraut and mashed potato. I decided to grab a table and dine in this time. I’m always happy when I’m pleasantly surprised on the upside as with the first bite today. What a delicious flavoursome sauce, tasty sausage, smooth creamy mashed potato, and a slight touch of acidity from the sauerkraut. What a delightful winter warmer. It might appear as a simple meal but all elements were done perfectly. Extremely satisfied. I also appreciate the warm service and hospitality from the couple that run this place, a trait which is rare in Perth.
Toffee Cafe is a tiny cafe in Equus Arcade which is easy to miss but you’ll be the one missing out if don’t stop by. With very friendly service, the cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and serves coffee, pretzel rolls, croissant, and German dishes (like goulash and sausages) including daily specials. I visited for lunch and chose the daily special of smoked German chop with sauerkraut and mashed potato, an iced coffee, and an apple slice. I chose takeaway and my meal turned out to be the perfect winter warmer. A delicious tender pork chop was balanced by the slight acidity of the sauerkraut and who doesn’t love creamy mash? Add them all together with the gravy and each bite is just yum yum yum! For the price, this is unbeatable value as a lunchtime option. Having a sweet tooth, it was hard to resist the German apple slice which caught my eye in the display cabinet. I saved this for the 3 o’clock hump and it’s just like a crumble. A lovely delicious sweet treat to get me through the rest of the day. Mmm… Definitely will be coming back to try some of the other menu items.
Bradley Backhouse is the executive chef and owner of ChefHire and ChefHire Atelier. They run a cafe and restaurant, operate a range of cooking classes, hire out chefs and other hospitality staff for events and the like. As ChefHire offer staff for training, they’re always on the lookout for experienced staff. However, even if you’re looking to begin or switch careers into the world of food, they also train apprentices and trainees in working in the kitchen and in a hospitality environment.
We got the chance to experience the Modern Techniques cooking class and prepare a three course meal. This class covers the use of some modern equipment such as sous vide bath, thermal circulators, foam guns and a few interesting techniques such as spherification and some different types of foam.