Whilst holidaying in Dunsborough this week, we decided to try breakfast at Mealup Everyday Gourmet, a small cafe situated next to the Christian Fletcher gallery in the town centre. The website promises gourmet coffee, a “Euro style breakfast” and “sweet treats”.
On arrival, we went to the counter to get menus and were told that the selection was “a little different”, which felt like a rehearsed apology and made me wonder whether it’s a litte too different for many. With no scrambled eggs on toast anywhere to be seen, offerings included a toasted sandwich filled with bacon, egg & spinach ($11.50), Spanish beans with chorizo ($13), baked eggs with marinated feta & preserved lemon ($14) and crepes filled with ricotta, spinach & havarti cheese served with tomato chutney ($14.50). There is a big focus on local (Margaret River region) ingredients.
My cappuccino was okay, but nothing to get excited about.
Like my coffee, Renay’s chai latte looked pretty but was rather underwhelming.
I chose the breakfast burrito, with “smokey bacon baked beans, pork sausage and green onion omelette wrapped in a flour tortilla” ($14.50). This wasn’t very meaty – I certainly couldn’t detect any bacon flavour and the sausage was quite mild. If you’re after a light / bean-y alternative to a cooked breakfast then this would be a good option. Personally, I didn’t find this very satisfying.
Mealup is also open for lunch, and also offers a selection of “take home” meals and gourmet hampers. Today’s lunch menu included a wide variety of dishes such as roast butternut & sweetcorn soup ($11), beef lasagne with salad ($13.50), roasted capsicum stuffed with brown rice on eggplant ragout ($15.50), beef stroganoff with buttered noodles ($16) and fusilli pasta with smoked trout, roast tomatoes, capers & feta ($16).
There was nothing particularly wrong with the food or coffee at Mealup, but I didn’t find any reason to go back. Maybe lunch would have been a better bet, or maybe their style of food just isn’t to my taste – either way, there are plenty of other places to try in the area and in this case I’ll keep on moving.