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Source Foods, Highgate

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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.

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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
and appetising.
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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It took all of our strength not to have something to takeaway from the cold cabinet afterwards – it all looked so appealing.

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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

Last Visit Date – December 2019

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Pictures from another visit:
Kimchi avocado on toast with poached egg:
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Vegan feast. Crispy cauli, yellow beetroot, amazing cherry tomatoes, zoodles and mushrooms:
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tbsp, Bayswater

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tbsp. is a really clean and stylish Korean cafe in Bayswater on King William St near the junction of Whatley Crescent. The cafe does not take bookings, so we arrived at around 10am on a Sunday morning and were luckily seated immediately.

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Everything on the menu looked yummy with most dishes being standard Australian brunch with an Asian twist.

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The coffee is top class – I chose an iced soy coffee and my partner chose a flat white.

After perusing the menu and dithering between buttermilk chicken burger, congee, and kimchi rice, I plumped for the brisket hollandaise while my partner chose the kimcheese burger, Everything about the hollandaise tasted amazing – the ciabatta was fresh, a generous serving of brisket and caramelised onions, beautiful slow cooked eggs, and hollandaise with a spicy twist.

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The kimcheese burger was the best burger that my partner has ever tasted. He said that everything about it was perfect. The patties tasty and juicy and slightly rare, the pickles delicious, the kimchi mayonnaise tied everything together, the American cheese gave it a real classic burger feel and the bun sopped up all of the lovely juices. He’ll be talking about that burger for a long time.

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What an amazing cafe. I can’t wait to return to try all of the other menu options that had me salivating.

Last Visit Date – Mar 2019

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May Street Larder, East Fremantle

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On Canning Highway just before you get to the Fremantle gateway sits May Street Larder (unsurprisingly at the junction of May Street). It’s a cafe with a very chilled vibe, and a very allergy friendly menu including some Cocowhip options (vegan friendly, dairy and gluten free). The coffee is Campo’s and the blend of the day was round and smooth on the palate.

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I chose a breakfast smoothie – bananas, dates, honey and almond milk – very yummy.

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The menu was full of tempting options – sweetcorn, coriander and lupin fritters; baked eggs with harissa, yoghurt, quinoa and herbs; chilaquiles; mushroom bruschetta; and a very yummy sounding multigrain porridge special with coconut milk and berries.
I couldn’t get past the beef brisket hash though, and oh my goodness it tasted amazing and certainly ticked all of the boxes for me. Crispy fried potatoes, soft poached eggs, onions, leeks and chilli hollandaise – perfectly put together with a nice serving of brisket.

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My partner chose the breakfast burrito with chorizo, feta, scrambled egg, white beans, herbs, coriander and jalapeno salsa. This was a gorgeous combination of flavours, very tasty with a nice bright fresh salsa.

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This is how our plates ended up:

It was very tempting to buy takeaway cakes for later, but we thought no, we’ll come back soon and try some of the other yummy menu options because this is definitely one of Perth’s finest cafes.

Last Visit Date – May 2019

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Swell, Mullaloo

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Swell is a relatively new cafe at Mullaloo, perched at the top of the Surf Life Saving club. With no road between the cafe and the beach, it has uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, and on our visit we had a great sunset. There are several tables along the window with the best view, but you have to book for those, and we were given a seat a little further back, but still good enough to catch the beauty of the sun going down over the ocean.

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We chose an exquisite home made Raspberry and Lemonade kombucha to drink. This was lovely with really nice iced raspberries – very refreshing.

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Our bread starter was very generous with a good serving of EVOO and balsamic as well as some whipped butter. The bread was fresh and warm from the oven.

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We both fancied fish (because the original plan for the evening was to get takeaway fish and chips). My partner chose the special swordfish with crispy kale, roast potatoes, charred corn and tomato salsa. The fish was fresh and tasty, the potatoes had good flavour with creamy soft insides, the salsa was fresh, and the kale a nice crispy contrast. He left a clean plate.

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I chose the fish and chips with rainbow slaw and home made tartare sauce. The chips were plentiful, the fish fresh with a lovely crispy batter, and the slaw had a good zing to it.

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There were lots of other nice options on the menu such as beef duo – steak and brisket pot pie, pulled lamb flatbread, swell burger, braised lamb shoulder and chicken penang curry. It all sounded lovely and we had difficulty choosing, but we did choose two winning dishes, and the staff were lovely. It will be nice to go back for breakfast.

We did return for coffee and cake and also for breakfast in 2018-2019, sadly the subsequent visits were expensive and not as good as the first visit, and we did not return again.

Update – returned for lunch with friends in August 2020, and Swell have added lots of vegetarian and vegan options to the menu. The salads are really good, and the vegan cakes are awesome. I had vegan lemon cake which was moist and delicious with great frosting:

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My friends had the semolina cake, which was good but they did leave some of the icing, so maybe that was too sweet:

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It was an expensive lunch, but the quality was good.

Last Visit Date – August 2020

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The Kiosk, Floreat Beach

The Kiosk Floreat Beach Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

With great views of the ocean and a playground outside, The Kiosk is a good choice for families. We arrived for light breakfast on a Sunday morning, and the menu is full of the regular favourites – eggs benny, full breakfast, french toast, pancakes and fritters, as well as a cold cabinet full of savouries, cakes and breads.

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The coffee was good and full bodied, most likely South American.

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Not being overly hungry, I chose a slice of coconut bread. This was really good, light, not overly sweet with lots of great coconut flavour.

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My partner chose the wild mushrooms with polenta cake. The truffle oil didn’t need to be there as it was a bit overpowering, the mushrooms were good and varied, and the polenta was okay. It was an okay meal, but nothing sophisticated.

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Friends chose eggs benny with bacon:

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Also scrambled egg with toast, tomatoes and hollandaise:

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It’s a great beachside cafe for parents and children, the menu is fairly unsophisticated, but then again it’s not trying to be a cheffy cafe – The Kiosk serves simple food in a great setting, including a few vegan options, and the fact that it was really busy shows that the locals love this place.

Last Visit Date – December 2018

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Hylin, West Leederville

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Hylin is located on Railway Parade in West Leederville, not far from Subiaco. Parking is at a premium, so make sure that you plan your journey well if you are going to visit. I managed to find a meter across the road, and it was just outside of ‘paid parking’ time. so I was quite fortunate.

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There are tables inside and outside, and we chose to sit inside as it looked like rain was a possiblity. There are some stools near the kitchen, a few wooden tables and a high table, but all of them are quite cramped, and this was my main bugbear with Hylin. The staff and the food are lovely but the seating is very uncomfortable and it’s not a great place to sit and linger. The chairs are wooden – school style, and there is a constant stream of diners and wait staff pushing past.
Our coffees were great, coffee is supplied by Micrology Coffee Roasters, and it was a nice smooth blend. I was a little disappointed to find that the in house herbal iced tea wasn’t available, so I chose an iced coffee.

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The menu has many tempting options like healthy bowls, chorizo, egg and creamed corn, pulled pork burger, breakfast bruschetta, pancakes etc. There are a few vegetarian options, but you would need to ask for special adaptations to find anything vegan here.
I chose the spicy chicken burger.

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This was a very nice burger, the fried chicken was seasoned well, with great pickles and lettuce and some pretty awesome chips.
My partner chose the open breakky burger – eggs, smashed avo, bacon, and potato rosti in a bun.

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It was nice, with chipotle mayo, a bit smoky and spicy, and all ingredients went well. He said that he thought my chicken burger looked more appealing though.

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All in all, Hylin is a good cafe and the staff clearly care about what they do, and I think that if the layout inside was changed, and the seating more comfortable, it could be an amazing cafe. I am not sure it’s worth a special trek to West Leederville, but great if you are in the area.

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Last Visit Date – November 2018

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Shingle Inn, Joondalup

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I fancied a sandwich for lunch, and Shingle Inn at Lakeside Mall always has nice gourmet sandwiches. I had eaten here before and found the food a little uncaringly constructed, but decided to give it another go, and this time we were pleasantly surprised.
I chose a turkey and cranberry sandwich on multigrain. They helpfully made it without butter and spread mayo instead. It was really good with a nice quantity of avocado and turkey in the sandwich and a great side salad with honey mustard dressing.

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My partner chose the club sandwich which was equally good.

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He chose an orange juice. It would have been nice if it were freshly squeezed, but he ended up with a bottled variety.
I chose a mint and lime frappe which was tasty but had a slightly fake manufactured flavour. It would be really easy to make this with fresh lime and mint, but it was okay.

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The sandwiches here have definitely improved, but the restaurant still needs some care and organisation. There were lots of tables that needed cleaning and nobody really seemed to be attending to them. It’s nice here but it could be so much better.

Last Visit Date – March 2019

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Hobart Deli, North Perth

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Hobart Deli is a North Perth favourite, child friendly, dog friendly, brunch and lunch spot, opposite a playground on Hobart Street.

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It has an open kitchen, and a hipster wooden cafe interior. The cake and savoury cabinets will have you drooling.

Our coffees were great – full bodied South American beans from Leftfield Roasters.

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With a selection of brekkie favourites plus a few more interesting options, my partner chose the chorizo rosti. The chorizo was spicy and flavoursome with great poached eggs. The rosti could have been crispier, but was still tasty.

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I chose the pancakes with blueberry compote, whit choc chips, and maple syrup. I asked for the ice cream to be left off – they didn’t have a non-dairy alternative such as coconut sorbet or coconut yogurt. They were lovely pancakes, but did need that little extra moisture, and a dollop of coconut yogurt would have been perfect.

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I liked Hobart Deli, the food is good. Our table wasn’t wiped down in all the time we were there, and it would have been nice to have some better table hygiene from the wait staff, however this did not detract from our enjoyment.

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Visit Date – June 2019

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Vans, Cottesloe

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I’ve been meaning to try Vans for a long while, and it’s definitely a popular location, situated in Napoleon Street behind Boatshed Markets. I immediately loved the vibe of the cafe – friendly staff, a great looking cake cabinet, jazzy music and nice decor, and it had quite a buzz about it but wasn’t so loud that you needed to shout. I chose fresh orange to start which was good and vibrant – great flavour.

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My partner chose a decaf soy flat white which was smooth and little thin maybe because of the soy.

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It was difficult to choose a main – there were way too many delicious options, but in the end I plumped for the potato cake with smoked salmon, spinach and poached egg. It usually comes with lemon butter, but I asked for that to be left off because of my dairy allergy. This dish was perfection on a plate – the potato cake tasty with a bit of crunch, the egg perfectly gooey, and the smoked salmon was good quality fare – not the usual gelatinous packet bought version.

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My partner chose the cheesy jalapeno cornbread with bacon, poached eggs, smashed avocado and a black bean and corn salsa. The poached eggs were perfect, the cornbread very tasty and the bacon – like my salmon – was good quality and yummy. There was a nice zingy lime backdrop to the avocado smash.

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The cake cabinet looked very tempting but we decided to save that for another day. The raspberry brownies looked particularly good.

Vans is definitely worth a try – one of Cottesloe’s jewels.

Last Visit Date – March 2019

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Extra pics from another visit:

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Pink grapefruit and rosemary soda – so yummy:

Pulled pork chimichurri – top dish :

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Korean beef tacos:

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Pixel Coffee, Leederville

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Pixel is a cafe that sits on Oxford Street about halfway down, away from the main Leederville hubbub and close to Bourke Street.
There are tables inside and out, but not a lot of them. We started off seated at the coffee bar and the moved to a table as one became available.

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The menu is quite varied with healthy bowls, chia pudding, and brunch options and Pixel are famous for their array of milks. If you don’t drink dairy, they have pretty much every other option you could need. I chose the banana smoothie with coconut milk, a lovely thick banana honey smoothie with cinnamon – absolutely yum.

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My partner chose a decaf soy coffee, a Colombian blend which was rich and smooth, you couldn’t tell it was decaf by the flavour.

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I chose the Pix Plate to eat – a potato and herb hash with poached eggs, prosciutto, peas, sprouts, parmesan and lemon oil. What a lovely combination. The oozy eggs soaked over the potato hash, the parmesan added a salty piquant hit as did the prosciutto. Posh bacon and eggs with a twist.

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My partner chose the Mushroom Ragu, rich braised mushrooms with tomato and fennel, on two pieces of Mary St Bakery sourdough, with fried eggs, peas shoots, crushed walnuts and smashed avocado. He really enjoyed it.

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The staff were nice and really enjoyed serving the customers, and the cold take away cabinet looked very appealing. There was a steady stream of take away customers. I’d definitely go back to Pixel, it’s good honest healthy food, well prepared and nicely seasoned. There are good vegan options too.

Last Visit Date – January 2019

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