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La Patisserie / La Galette de France – Mends St South Perth

La Patisserie South Perth Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart

I am a bit confused to see this cafe called ‘La Patisserie’ on Urbanspoon – I have always known it as another outlet of La Galette de France, so not sure if it has changed hands in the past year.

Anyway, naming aside, this is one of the few cafes in Perth that consistently delivers good coffee and good pastries.

Known for their almond croissants, they produce simply the best almond croissants that you will find in Perth. I have tried to reproduce them at home, and although I have made a good attempt, I cannot make croissants with the same crispiness and flavour.

Almond Croissant

Almond Croissant

When you ask for coffee in a mug, you get a decent sized mug, the iced coffee is amazing, and the hot chocolate is pretty awesome too. They managed to make me a lovely soy hot chocolate, and every hot drink comes with a little sweet palmier biscuit.

The coffee is always good quality – not always the same brand though – I have known them to use blends from Antz inya Pantz as well as Five Senses among others. For the uninitiated, Antz inya Pantz is a coffee shop in Vic Park on the Albany Highway which was opened by a guy who just loves good coffee – he really goes the extra mile to source the best beans.

Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate

As for pastries, it is so hard to decide because they all look delicious, danishes, macarons, tarts etc., and if that wasn’t enough they have a crepe menu too.

The staff are mainly young and French, their lovely accents adding an extra touch of delight to the whole experience.

I can’t praise this cafe enough, I have been coming here for years, making the journey down to South Perth, and I truly believe that this is the best of the La Galette outlets. It is just a short stroll from the South Perth foreshore, and parking is relatively easy, there are usually a few ‘1 hour’ spaces in the next street – Harper Terrace.

If you make the journey too, you won’t be disappointed.

Mends Street Cafe

The Mends Street Cafe always seems to be busy when I go next door to La Galette de France. I even saw Manu Feildel in there once when the Good Food show was on at the Convention Centre.

Today I went to La Galette de France for a last coffee and almond croissant before the New Year diet starts and was disappointed to find it closed. I decided to go next door to Mends Street cafe for something brekkie-ish.

The area around Mends Street is very nice – it’s a little bit of a cafe strip with a quaint nearby arcade, and the South Perth foreshore at the bottom of the street, and the Transperth ferry jetty close by. It is usually a very good photo opportunity and today was no exception – a lovely sunny New Years Day.

South Perth foreshore

South Perth foreshore

Mends Street Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I chose a soy chai latte and a plate of blueberry pancakes. My companion chose a full brekkie and a flat white.

The waitress brought the wrong drinks to the table, and when we said that we had not ordered cappuccinos, she looked at us as if we must be in the wrong. Eventually the correct drinks were served.

The coffee was a little bitter (which usually means that the beans are not fresh), but I was pleased to see my chai latte served in a glass with a handle. Nothing annoys me more than hot coffee served in a glass with no handle. You then have to wrestle with the glass and a napkin to avoid burned fingers – in my opinion glasses are for cold drinks (unless they have a handle).

Chai latte

Chai latte

I did have to send the chai latte back though – it was incredibly weak and tasted like hot milk. I didn’t get any kind of apology – the waitress just said that the chai they use is a very weak one…. hmm…. why not use more of it then ? or use a stronger version?

Blueberry pancakes

Blueberry pancakes

The pancakes were nice – I could have had cream, but as I am minimising my dairy intake, I chose syrup alone. Nice, but not wow. I know when food is delicious when I already start planning my next trip to the restaurant, whereas today, I was just reinforcing my disappointment that next door’s cafe was closed.

My companion’s full brekkie was underwhelming too – the eggs were nice, but one was a bit hard, the fried potatoes were a nice touch, but the bacon and sausages were average and the whole dish underseasoned.

Will I rush back to Mends Street cafe ? Not really – there are way better cafes in Perth – it’s time that Mends Street picked up their game.

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