I’ve been wanting to go to Cafe Elixir in Wanneroo for some time now as it always seems to rank highly on Urbanspoon and the menus look interesting and quite reasonably priced. It’s a bit of a hike from where we live so it’s taken us a while to get there, but today (Saturday) we decided to head North and see what was on offer.
It was a bit cold to sit outside but it was good to see that the option was there, with water bowls provided for customers with dogs. A nice touch. The decor inside was very tasteful, better quality than many cafes around Perth and the seating was comfortable. We arrived at around 8:15am and there were already half a dozen tables taken. Our order was taken at the table which was a nice change from the counter service that can be a bit awkward and seems to be coming increasingly common.
I was pleased to see a white chocolate mocha on the menu, it’s one of my favourite drinks but isn’t very common. This was excellent, definitely one of the best I’ve had.
Renay’s cappuccino was also very nice, a generous sized cup and as good as you can get anywhere in Perth – but only $3.90.
Breakfast choices include croissants, five varieties of pancakes (including chocolate-chip loaded ones with whipped cream and hot chocolate sauce! -$16.50), and savoury items such as a breakfast wrap (bacon, fried egg, cheese, hash brown and spinach topped with hollandaise – $15.50) and several variations of eggs benedict with smoked salmon and / or potato rosti ($18.00-$19.50). You can download the full breakfast menu here,
For a change, I ordered the “Pizza Scrambled Eggs” (with diced bacon, onion, tomato and cheese – $16.50) which was really nice and fresh. These weren’t too tomato-y and the onion & bacon added a nice texture. This would have been better with sourdough toast, but then again so would just about any breakfast and I’m nitpicking here.
I also ordered hashbrowns and sausages on the side. Take note, over-priced establishments – we’re looking at a mere $2 for each pair of extras, not $4 for one sausage (that wasn’t as nice as these ones).
Renay ordered the “Not So Hungry Elixir Breakfast”, which is a half size version of the full “Elixir Breakfast” and costs a very reasonable $14.50. This is a great idea for those who like the variety of a full breakfast but struggle to finish one. Here we have scrambled egg, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, hashbrown, tomato, spinach and homemade beans. Everything was good quality and well cooked except the raw spinach seemed out of place and the “homemade beans” were mostly liquid. And I’m generously overlooking that they refer to “normal” baked beans as “kid’s tinned beans” on the children’s menu… <beans rant off>
The “all day” & dinner menus look good too – a decent variety of cafe style meals including burgers, pasta, chicken parma etc ($15-$25) and you can get the full breakfast all day. I will definitely be going back for a meatball toastie ($14.90 with chips) with a side of onion rings ($8.50) and a thickshake ($6.50)!
We were really impressed with Cafe Elixir – the decor, service, coffee and food was top notch and cheaper than we usually get elsewhere. Cafe Elixir is open 7 days a week, from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends, with dinner served Thursday to Saturday. Highly recommended.