Cafes & Restaurants


Boutique Travel Cafe, Aveley – Mexican breakfast

I’m a fan of the Boutique Travel Cafe in Aveley, and I consider it my “local” cafe in Ellenbrook – check out my review from when it first opened in 2013. The coffee and food is always good, and certainly better than the close by Mecca Gourmet which many people (mostly on Facebook) rave about for reasons that escape me. Today I tried their new Mexican breakfast, consisting of chilli con carne with a fried egg and a piece of sourdough toast ($18). The chilli had a surprising kick and plenty of jalapenos in it, although I would have liked a few more beans – especially at breakfast. If you like a spicy start to the day then this is definitely a dish worth trying.

Best big breakfast I’ve had in ages at fortysevenkirwanstreet, Floreat.

Everything on this “paddock” breakfast was top class, particularly the scrambled eggs, the mushrooms and the potato cake just poking out from under the bacon – not cheap at $22.90 but the quality justifies the price as far as I’m concerned. The coffee was outstanding too. Renay had the Bircher muesli with apple crisps, which was quite delicious and a very reasonable $12.90. Fortysevenkirwanstreet is open from 7am every day, but make such you get there early, it’s very popular and fills up quickly!

A Winter Evening of Chocolate at Koko Black, Claremont

After a busy few weeks moving house, Renay surprised me with tickets to Koko Black’s annual dessert degustation evening, which promised us a “journey of discovery” with four deconstructed desserts, each based on a popular Koko Black truffle. This event sold out quickly – as were the other events held around the country – and tonight there was about 40 guests. Each course was introduced throughout the evening by Executive Chocolatier Grant Inches and Head Pastry Chef Adam Tippins, who were very approachable and genuinely interested in our feedback. The first course was based on the Aurelia Champagne Truffle, which is a white chocolate ganache infused with Marc de Champagne, a liqueur made from the skins of champagne grapes. The dessert started the evening on a very boozy note and featured a white Cream de Cacao and Marc de Champagne granita spritzed with sparkling white wine and served with a…

Lunch from the Cuban Sandwich Co.

I work on the outer edge of the Perth CBD (near the Arena) and there’s not a great variety nearby when you want to grab a quick lunch to eat at your desk, so I was excited to see a tweet from The Cuban Sandwich Co. (@cubansandwichco) announcing that their food truck was going to be on Murray Street (outside the Sony Centre) for lunch today. The Cuban Sandwich Co. is a Perth-based food truck that sells Caribbean pulled pork sandwiches at events, markets, festivals etc – read more about them here. I was surprised to learn from Justin – one of the company’s owners – that they’re not really made welcome in the CBD because of other food businesses, which I think is a real shame – competition inspires excellence, guys! In saying that, Justin tweeted at 12:18pm that he’d sold out so lack of demand doesn’t seem to…

A spot of lunch at Sayers Sister, Northbridge

It’s no secret that Sayers in Leederville and Sayers Sister in Northbridge are two of the best places in Perth for breakfast. The ever-changing menus are always full of unique items that are reasonably priced and generous in size…and the coffee is excellent too. The early breakfast crowds at Sayers Sister seem to have dropped off a little lately, maybe they’re all going to Gordon Street Garage..? Anyway, today we decided to see what was on offer at lunch. I went for the Ploughman’s Lunch ($22) with ham, brie, vintage cheddar, pickled vegetables and some dense but very tasty bread. This was a very nice combination of quality items, and a solid serving for lunch. Renay had the gnocchi with chorizo, rocket, tomatoes, pesto & parmesan ($25) which she really enjoyed. Speaking of breakfast, here’s what the full breakfast looks like – sourdough toast, beautiful scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, a pot…

Lunch at The Merrywell, Crown Perth

I’ve been very keen to eat at The Merrywell at Crown Perth since it opened, and regular readers will know that the kind of food served there – “dude food” as they call it – is right up my street. We’ve waited so long to go there as Renay and I are not big fans of crowds, and today (Monday) on a day off together we decided to give it a go. (It’s for this reason that we are yet to venture towards Jamie’s Italian, but that is moving close to the top of the agenda…) Arriving at around 1pm, I’d say the restaurant was only around one third full so there were plenty of tables to choose from inside and out. The first thing that you notice is the size of the place, and I can imagine it being very loud and intimidating when full to the brim. We…