Black Pig Deli Founders Open Cafe daxxi 140 in the Perth CBD

I first met Adam and Marissa Bielawski many years ago at their Maylands cafe Picco’s Kitchen (now Noggos) where they served some of Perth’s best breakfasts. I saw the rise of their gourmet pâté, terrine and rillette brand Poach Pear, the opening of Black Pig Deli, and they were my Buy West Eat Best “WA Food Heroes” in 2020. They’ve now returned to their cafe roots and opened daxxi 140 in the Perth CBD.

Located at the rear of 140 St George’s Terrace, daxxi 140 serves coffee, baked goods, and high-quality sandwiches to CBD diners. Marissa runs front of house while Adam – arguably Perth’s best charcutier – drives the food offering.

“We are excited to shake things up in the city,” says Adam. “Prior to taking over, we spent two months visiting all the cafes near here. We want to bring what we were doing in the community into the city.”

The foyer containing daxxi 140, formerly Madlilys, is light and modern with plenty of seating. Greenery enhances the cafe’s inviting space, and its exterior glass doors will open in warmer climes. Close to the end of the Hay Street mall, it’s destined to be a popular spot.

“It’s beautiful space, it’s like an arboretum,” says Adam. “It’s a lot of space to warm up. We’re going to add more plants to give it more of a greenhouse feel.”

Daxxi 140’s customers will be treated to a range of sandwiches that rise well above standard cafe fare, including the Reuben made famous at Black Pig Deli. Other sandwiches and rolls feature Adam’s charcuterie alongside seasonal vegetables, cheeses, and condiments. There’s also a house cured salmon bagel and a traditional Croque Monsieur.

Hot tip: if you never indulged in a $50+ tin of Spanish “Bonilla a la Vista” crisps from Black Big Deli, a handful of them is served alongside each Reuben.

Coffee is from Gesha, with rotating roasters on batch. Other drink options include cold-pressed juices, kombucha, smoothies, prana chai and loose-leaf tea. Bread is from Big Loaf, with brioche and gluten free options from Little Home Bakery. Adam makes daxxi 140’s baked goods, including a frangipane tart based on an old family recipe.

“I want things to be tasty and fresh. Our customers work in stressful environments, so we want to give them something nice and easy. It seems to be working because we’re getting return customers,” he says. “As time goes on, they’ll get to know more about us, and we’ll introduce other products. I want to do to-go meals, so they can come through at 3pm and get something to take home.”

daxxi 140 is open Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 3:30pm. See more pictures below.

daxxi 140
140 St George’s Tce, Perth
(corner of St George’s Tce & William Street)
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(all images by Morsels)

About the author


Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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