Once again, this week was the end of term and time for the culinary arts & hospitality students from the Austral...
Since I started working in Mandurah I’ve located a few places to visit for breakfast, and as part of my Saturday morning ritual this week I decided to try Cafe Pronto, Mandurah’s largest cafe. Established in 1994, Cafe Pronto has won an impressive number of awards over the last ten years including a Gold Medal in the 2010 WA Tourism Awards.
Set inside Mandurah’s historic “Eureka Cottage” , Cafe Pronto is in a prime location overlooking the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge. Renovated in 2007, it seats up to 300 diners both inside the modern main restaurant and outside on an a comfortable enclosed balcony. It is fully licensed and also caters for functions and weddings. This morning I decided to sit outside, and had to endure yet another harrowing view from a Mandurah breakfast table.
I ordered a cappuccino which arrived quickly, and it certainly looked good. The foam was nice, but unfortunately the coffee underneath was a bit too weak. I’ve certainly had worse, and it wouldn’t deter me from having coffee there again if it was accompanying a meal. According to its website, Cafe Pronto is the current title holder of the Peel’s Barista of the Year – either they weren’t working this morning, or I should forget about finding top-notch coffee in the region.
The breakfast menu is reasonably priced and includes the usual fare plus the unusual Mandurah sea mullet on open turkish bread, poached egg and slow roasted tomato ($22). I ordered the “Pronto Breakfast” with eggs (scrambled for me today), smoked bacon, hash brown, tomato, chipolatas and toast ($18). Oh dear, yet another baked bean free establishment.
Much like the coffee, breakfast came out very quickly and was a very attractive plate of food apart from the somewhat anemic looking tomato. I certainly couldn’t complain at the generous serving size. The huge mound of bacon was delicious but too much for me to finish. The sausages were a herby pork variety, which made a nice change from the usual beefy fare. I would have liked the scrambled eggs a little creamier, and I found that they made the overall meal a little dry. Poached or fried eggs – or beans – would have fixed that. At $18 for such a large serving of good quality ingredients this represents very good value.
Cafe Pronto’s lunch and dinner menu can be viewed here and includes an interesting variety of dishes including seafood (with a reappearance of the Mandurah mullet), gourmet pizzas, steak, risotto etc. There’s also a “fast track” menu available from 11:30am to 6pm which includes nachos, gourmet wraps, steak sandwiches etc. All in all it’s a menu that has enough variety to please everyone without having so many items that you wonder about the quality of the end product. Main meals are around the $25-$35 mark, and like breakfast everything seems realistically priced.
I’d certainly have no hesitation in going back to Cafe Pronto for breakfast, and will place it high on my list of places to try for lunch and dinner.
cnr Pinjarra Road & Mandurah Terrace
Mandurah WA 6210
Phone: (08) 9535 1004
Open 7 days