This wasn’t the best French toast I’ve ever had, but the candied bacon was spectacular. Great coffee ...
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.