Perth food – It’s been a while…back to La Veen for lunch

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When La Veen Coffee & Kitchen first opened, I had lunch there almost every work day for four months until my gastric surgery (and dwindling bank balance) put an end to that practice. Now that I’m able to enjoy lunch again, I’ve started exploring the area near my work (mostly King St  / Shafto Lane / Cloisters) and on Friday took a long overdue trip back to La Veen for lunch.

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La Veen has recently expanded its premises further along King Street, which has provided extra seating and additional counter space for more baked goods! We arrived before midday on Friday, and almost every table was already full.

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The coffee at La Veen has always been oustanding, and their chocolate is as rich and dark as I’ve tasted anywhere, so I decided to go for the best of both worlds and ordered a mocha. There aren’t many places in Perth you can get a mocha this good.

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The menu is quite different to the last time I was there, when it was mostly bagels and all-day breakfast. Whilst the bagels are still present, there are more “meal” options containing sophisticated ingredients such as squid ink spaghetti, blue manna crab and truffles.  La Veen has never been the cheapest place to eat, although I’ve always felt that the quality justified the cost.

There is also a separate breakfast menu….and I really have to try that signature waffle!

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I couldn’t resist the house-rolled goats cheese tortellini with parmesan, tea soaked raisins, pinenuts and beurre noisette ($24) – it sounded very similar to my favourite Rockpool entree, which is basically the same thing with king prawns for $35, and I thought that this was just as good. I did mention this, and was told that one of the chefs used to work at Rockpool which explains that!

This dish was definitely an indulgence for a quick weekday lunch but it was Friday, pasta in brown butter is one of my very favourite things, and why the hell not once in a while?

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My workmate Andrew chose the peri spiced Mt Barker-free-range-chicken-thigh bagel with rocket, mexican salsa, hand cut chips & aioli ($18) which he really enjoyed – thankfully it wasn’t too spicy as he struggles with chilli! The chips were really good, and more interesting than the french fries that used to come with La Veen’s bagels. More expensive than your average sandwich, yes, but also a lot better.

If you haven’t been to La Veen before – or just haven’t been there for a while – you really should be paying them a visit. They’ve stepped things up a notch food-wise and the coffee is as good as ever – I’m fairly sure you’ll be impressed.

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Martin

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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