New Norcia Bakeries produces authentic artisan breads and a wide range of pastries, biscuits and cakes using two wood fired ovens, one of which was installed in 1886 at the Monastery in New Norcia, Australia’s only Monastic town (located 133Km north-east of Perth). The bakeries’ sourdough is acclaimed as amongst the best in the world.
Renay recommended that we try the cafe at the bakery in Mount Hawthorn, so we decided to go there for breakfast. Arriving just after 8am on Sunday morning, we were pleased to see that there were a couple of tables still available, however it wasn’t long before there were other potential customers circling.
Although the cafe is quite small inside, it has a warm feeling and the staff were very welcoming. There’s a long table (similar to at Mrs S) if you’re dining by yourself and / or it’s busy and you don’t mind eating in close proximity to a stranger. As well as the inviting fresh produce and specials boards on the counter, I was impressed to see a Synesso coffee machine, and was even more impressed by the coffee itself.
My cappuccino was excellent, as was Renay’s latte. My coffee went down so fast I followed it with a mocha – two coffees at breakfast is a rarity for me so a big thumbs up on that front.
The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, and you can see excerpts of the menu here - the full menu was more extensive. Breakfast options include different types of toast and pastries, as well as eggs on toast and other cooked dishes. Lunch options include toasted sandwiches, pies, pastries and salads. Pricing is very reasonable with most items around the $8 – $14 mark.
I ordered the toasted cheese brioche scroll filled with bacon and roasted tomatoes ($14.50) – I requested no tomatoes. This was absolutely delicious – cheesy, buttery, soft and crunchy with a generous serving of good quality bacon. Note the light sprinkling of chives which gave the dish a bit of zing – such attention to detail is often lacking, particularly at breakfast.
Renay ordered the wild mushrooms and goats cheese on toasted ciabatta ($14.50), which she described as simply divine.
After breakfast we headed into the bakery to get some treats to bring home.
As well as a loaf of their famous sourdough bread we bought a palmier (ok, two), a chocolate croissant and a coconut cake, all of which were top class. Even though it was only around 9am, much of the stock was gone (we bought the last palmiers & croissant), and the counter was nearly three deep by the time we left.
This is one of those rare places where you can get excellent coffee with food to match at a reasonable price. Based on today’s experience, the New Norcia Mount Hawthorn Bakery & Cafe could very quickly become one of my favourite Perth breakfast destinations. Highly recommended.
New Norcia Bakeries
Mount Hawthorn Bakery & Cafe
163a Scarborough Beach Road
Mount Hawthorn WA 6016
Phone: (08) 9443 4114
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00am – 6:00pm