Dragonfly is a popular cafe on Carnarvon Street in Broome with plenty of exciting menu options.
We visited for a quick brunch and were pleasantly surprised to see some vegan and vegetarian menu options.
Coffees were good and rich. We chose a flat white and a soy iced latte.
I chose the vegan pancakes. They were absolutely scrummy with berries and coconut ice cream, almonds and white chocolate, but not too sweet. A perfect amount too and I would definitely choose them again.
My partner chose the popcorn fritters with herb salad, jalpenos, pickled cabbage, smashed avocado and poached egg. He loved this dish, every element being tasty and well suited to the overall combination of flavours.
I would definitely return to Dragonfly, the service is good, the food is great quality, and it’s a great vibe.
The Zookeepers Store is on the site of an old zoo and used to be called the Old Zoo cafe. It’s always been great, and again proved to be exceptional in providing quality coffees and muffins.
The are currently not serving meals due to Covid-19, but you can sit inside or out and order drinks from the counter and food items from the cold cabinet. They are also preparing some special orders freshly cooked, but they are presented takeaway style and it’s your choice whether you eat in or go.
Coffee is provided by Micrology coffee roasters, and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. Happy to provide decaf and alternative milks as well as healthy juices, this cafe will suit everybody. Equipment is recyclable and sustainable, with recyclable coffee cups decorated in beautiful designs.
The muffins – oh my goodness – the muffins are amazing. Freshly baked in house, with delicious fruity flavours. Throughout our stay we tried peach, apple and berry flavours, always perfectly cooked and just the right amount of sugar and ripe fruit.
Well worth a visit if you are in Cable Beach and definitely a local gem.
Sayers in Leederville is one of Perth’s leading brunch and lunch cafes, delivering consistently good food for many years.
Situated in Carr Place, it’s a bit of an awkward but charming design with a mixture of chairs, armchairs, bench seats and high seats inside, and quaint wrought iron tables in the laneway.
Coffees are always great and Sayers are happy to provide decaf and alternative milks.
The menu is one of those menus where everything sounds delicious, so it’s hard to choose. My go to favourite here has always been the potato rosti with spinach, eggs, parmesan and bacon, but on this occasion I chose the kedgeree.
The kedgeree was excellent – hot smoked salmon amongst perfect rice with poached eggs, chilli jam and green papaya salad.
My partner chose the vegan pumpkin, cauliflower, and lentil dhal with poppyseed naan. He loved it, every mouthful was delicious.
If you visit Sayers at the weekend, it can be busy, noisy and an assault on the senses, but if you go midweek, it can be an oasis of calm. Some of the tables are a little small and you will end up rearranging your dishes and coffee cups to make everything fit, and sometimes the tables in the laneway can get very hot in the summer, but Sayers is all about quality food, consistently delivered. You really can’t go wrong with this Leederville legend.
This is just a short blog post about one of the better coffee outlets in Joondalup. CXpresso is on the ground floor near Woolworths and KMart. I have visited a few times and found the cakes and pastries to always be fresh (I hate it when cafes freeze muffins and then microwave them the next day to make them ‘seem’ fresh).
We ordered soy decaf, and as usual, this was no problem, we were presented with two very nice coffees.
We shared a muffin, which was fresh as if it had just come out of the oven. Apple and cinnamon crumble – lovely texture, subtle cinnamon and a sweet hint of apple.
Definitely worth checking out as your coffee stop when shopping at Joondalup Lakeside.
Miller and Baker is on Lake Street, not far from Sayer’s Sister, and always seems to have a crowd outside. It’s easy to see why – Miller and Baker have to be the best bakery around, milling their own flour and making superb loaves and pastries.
As you walk in the bread smells amazing and the array of pastries, savouries makes you want to have one of each.
Coffee is also really good – beans roasted by Five Senses and Offshoot – you can tell that the staff here make an artform of absolutely everything they sell.
I love Miller and Baker and regularly make the 40 minute car journey just to smell and savour the best baked goods in town.
In a delightful leafy location on the edge of Shenton Park sits The Little Pantry. There is seating inside and out through the back conservatory, and it’s a peaceful homely space – ideal for a leisurely brunch.
The menu contained lots of yummy options and I started with a lovely spring smoothie while I browsed the menu.
My partner chose a soy decaf flat white, which he says was tasty, smooth and delicious.
After much deliberation over fried cauliflower, coconut panacotta, truffle scrambled eggs and the like, I opted for the patatas bravas with aioli, tomato, and poached eggs. The potatoes were a delight – wonderfully crispy, the eggs nicely gooey, and the tomatoes fresh and summery. This was a great dish and one that I would have again in a heartbeat.
My partner chose the kimchi dashi rice bowl – an artwork of kimchi with fried eggs, radish, lotus root, gochujang (hot pepper paste), sesame and herbs. The kimchi was the star of the dish with great companion flavours from the other ingredients, making for a stellar combination.
As we left, we perused the cake cabinet, and it looked very appetising. We’re already planning a return visit to this little oasis in Shenton Park. Fabulous food and a relaxed setting – highly recommended.
Propeller is a great venue tucked away on Queen Victoria Street in North Fremantle. It’s a nicely designed building with a quaint sea container for a bar, and there is seating inside and outside. We came for brunch and were impressed by the range of options on the menu. We ordered coffees while we mused over the choices and coffee was delicious – beans provided by Twin Peaks.
I was very tempted to try the rose rhubarb apple porridge, the chocolate, date and pear brik, or the mushrooms on toast with lentils, but I decided on the sardine brik for something a little different.
This dish was packed with flavour. The slow roast tomatoes were rich, the sardines good quality, the egg was just oozy and the pickles added a nice piquancy. The brik pastry stuffed with potatoes had a nice texture, and herbs added another layer. These flavours were strong and punchy, but not so overwhelming that I couldn’t finish, and I loved the way that the dish set me up for the day. It was really delicious.
My partner chose the turkish spiced baked beans with duck egg, kale and grilled bread.
The bread was absolutely delicious, the beans nicely cooked, again big rich flavours with the spices and kale adding depth. A citrus backdrop gave it freshness. We loved Propeller. It’s not your regular breakfast venue, and all of the flavours are great. We also chose a brownie and chocolate almond croissant for afternoon tea at home, and they were equally great quality. We’ll be back.
We popped into Mullaloo for breakfast at the weekend. We hadn’t been to Mullaloo Beach Hotel for some years, and the last breakfast experience was not a good one, but we decided to give it another try.
As we arrived we were informed that breakfast was finishing in 20 minutes, so with some urgency we took our seats by the window and chose from the menu. The menu is great for diners with food allergies. There are lots of options as well as a whole separate vegan menu. There was a bit of a muddle with our coffee order, but when we eventually received the correct drinks, they were quite good.
We chose the dairy free vegan pancakes from the vegan menu with caramelised banana. The pancakes were really good for vegan pancakes – light and fluffy, the coconut ice cream was delicious, and the caramelised banana gooey and sweet. I would have liked some more nut and coconut sprinkles, but on the whole it was a really good brunch.
Mullaloo Beach Hotel has great views and not a massive amount of competition locally, but it is looking old and tired and in need of refurbishment. The toilets were a bit grim, which is never a good sign, but the food did taste nice and I was happy with the options. The staff were lovely – it’s a nice venue, but has the potential to be so much more than this.
Source Foods is a cafe and deli that know what they are doing. Everything about the ambience, the menu, the coffee, displays a real love and knowledge of food. One of the most popular breakfast/brunch spots along Beaufort Street, it is located at the City end of Beaufort on the junction of Brisbane Street.
Stylishly decorated, the cafe has a long list of juices and smoothies, the odd special, some beautiful looking cakes and bagels in the cold cabinet, and informative tasting notes on the house blend coffee and available single origins. The menu sources the best local produce and includes items such as breakfast burger, coconut and passion fruit pannacotta with stone fruits, feta and spring onion scrambled eggs, nasi goreng, vegan feast (chick pea & black bean falafel, smoked field mushrooms, charred asparagus, butternut hummus, smooth avocado, rocket, vegan feta & smashed hazelnuts), pan fried brussel sprouts with broad beans, cress, pesto, artichoke and confit tomato, and they seem to cater for all dietary needs while still keeping the food interesting
My partner said that his coffee was in the top three that he has tasted in the world. High praise indeed considering that the number one coffee is in Chicago (Ipsento, in case you are interested on N Western Avenue).
I ordered a monkey business style protein smoothie with banana, almond milk, peanut butter and protein powder. They even double checked the type of protein powder that I wanted in case of allergies ! It tasted beautifully smooth, not powdery at all, and not sickly like some peanut butter smoothies can be. Yummy indeed.
For breakfast my partner chose the pulled pork quesadilla with chipotle beans,
cheddar, rocket, chilli mayo and onion jam. It was a lunch special, but they very accommodatingly allowed it as a breakfast item. The last mouthful was as good as the first and everything about it was beautifully prepared and delicious.
I chose the miso hot-smoked salmon, with roasted kipfler potato, chorizo, torched eggplant hummus, asparagus, herbs & soft fried egg. Again a wonderfully constructed dish where nothing on the plate was out of place. Also a nicely sized portion. The torched eggplant hummus was smoky and delicious, and the salmon was plentiful, good quality and very very tasty.
It took all of our strength not to have something to takeaway from the cold cabinet afterwards – it all looked so appealing.
It was a wonderful meal, and we were serenaded by 80’s music, which had us tapping our feet. Source is definitely a favourite with the local