Monday, 23 December 2013

Felix & Co. Speciality Coffee


Whilst everyone is enjoying their christmas shut down periods, I am still slaving away at work :( Since most restaurants are closed for the year it makes it difficult for us to find food on Hampton road, the main street with numerous eateries we rely on to feed us. One day my workmate was in need of a coffee fix so we decided to suss out what's open. Most of our usual eats were closed except for Felix & Co. S wasn't a big fan of their coffee blend but decided to give them another go, she is now a convert and loved the blend she chose. Whilst we were chilling away in the little cosy cafe (probably could comfortably seat 15 ppl), we saw a couple having a toastie, it wasn't just a toastie, there was some kind of relish? that came with it and we were intrigued, funny how a relish? could just change the overall appeal of a toastie. We wanted to try it after our discovery.

The next time we visited, we both ordered a toastie. Toasties seem to be the main hot food they serve, they offer different kinds of toasties, toastie with ham and cheese, toastie with three cheese, toastie with mushrooms and cheese and toastie with the LOT! aka the godfather. To me if everything seems appealing, choose the one thats got more value for money. S and I chose THE GODFATHER.

Our toasties looked delicious and we couldn't wait to try the relish? I don't even know what to call it, it tasted like a mixture of tomato, chilli tuna and a capsicum, pecorino, cashew and basil red rock deli dip. Whatever it is, it's yum and it goes so well with the toastie. This has changed how I would eat my toasties now :) I also ordered a Chai latte *of course* to wash down my toastie, I've had better, it wasn't as creamy as I'd like it to be. I'll just stick to my toasties :)


Monday - Friday 6:30am-4:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Gusto Cafe

"Gusto Go"

M and I haven't seen each other in YONKS! She recently broke her foot from jumping?? O_o and moved to South Perth to be a full time princess at her big sisters home. We decided to finally catch up and what better place but in South Perth. South Perth is somewhere that I should dine in more often, there are many cafes with good ratings on Urbanspoon but I usually end up at the foreshore, why waste a beautiful view and the opportunity to have a picnic/BBQ by being cramped in a cafe, UNLESS you have a cripple with you haha..*Sorry M* We decided to try out Gusto Cafe.

After parking the car as close to the cafe as possible for M and totally babying her, we eventually settled on a table, the only table available *lucky* and pondered on the menu. I was told to try the french cinnamon toast with bacon, maple berry compote, banana and handmade honeycomb. It was a difficult move since I like my savoury but I decided to take the plunge. I also ordered a chai latte *of course* M ordered the potato hot cakes consisting of two poached eggs, avocado smashed, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce.

As we were finalising our orders, we were interupted by the table beside us, they needed to get through and our table was basically blocking their path out. It was a terrible seating plan and poor M had to slowly get out of her chair, we decided to swap sides and I was left getting in and out of my chair, it's no wonder our table was the only available one, nobody wants it *not so lucky after all*. As soon as the table beside us was free we quickly shuffled over.

French cinnamon toast

My dish arrived and OMG it was so BIG!! I knew I won't be able to finish it. The honey comb was home made and I loved it, berries were a little sour, but the sweetness of the honeycomb made up for it and that pile of bread! OMG just thinking about it makes me full. I think they can afford to down size it, but in saying that, two old ladies sat beside us in the shitty table and both ordered the same dish as me and I watched them FINISH it all EASILY. they saved the honeycomb to last to eat with their coffee. Yes I was eaves dropping and my jaw was dropping too :O

Potato hot cakes

M on the other hand had a more decent sized meal , it looked good, I gusto order that next time. She polished her plate with ease.

Overall, I'd still recommend Gusto cafe, it looks like a favourite amongst the locals, I wouldn't discourage those from ordering the cinamon bread coz well, grannies can finish it off, there must be something wrong with me, in my defense, we went at 8:30am and I'm not used to eating that much for breakfast. There are very limited and cramp seating, probably explains that shitty table and I guess people would rather have that slight inconvenience than to wait for a table. Anyways, if the cafe so happen to be empty you Gusto avoid that table *excuse the puns*.

Gusto Food on Urbanspoon

Typika Artisan Roasters

"A Typika love story"

I have brunched in Typika 3 times and in those three times I've been satisfied *ok that sounded wrong* But like relationships, connections can slowly fade, things can get boring or you're left unsatisfied in the end. This is somewhat similar to my expereince. The first time I went to Typika, it was like a first date, excited but also not sure what to expect. I've heard people say they're really good with their coffees owning a $80 000 coffee roaster *cha ching gold digger alert* I was impressed, although I'm not a coffee drinker, I decided I must try the coffee. I ordered the smoked cod and leek baked eggs and just when I was about to say "I'll have a Chai latte to go with that", the roaster came to mind and I said "Mocha please". *pats back*

Smoked cod and leek baked eggs

I really liked the baked eggs, enjoyed every bit of it, the sweetness of the leek with the salty cheddar cheese and creamy smoked cod was a great combination. The mocha was the best I've had, I actually drank it without putting any sugar in it and apparently to truely appreciate coffee, one should not add sugar. H had the beef benedict, a very popular item on the menu, he absolutely loved it. I plan to order that the next time I go. 

That next time came and I ended up ordering the mushroom crepe with feta since alot of my friends in the table ordered the beef benedict and I didn't want to be a sheep. I wasn't too impressed with my dish, there was alot of enoki mushrooms which were rather chewy and not my favouritist mushrooms, I had to eat them with caution just incase I choke. I think mushroom lovers, especially enoki mushrooms would like this dish. The crepe also sat on a big bed of rocket leaves, I think it was abit too much since rocket leaves have a bitter taste to them and it somewhat overpowered the dish. I also ordered the latte, which again I didn't put any sugar *fist pumps* Honestly I prefered the mocha. My friend had the deconstructed hot chocolate which was more the novelty than anything, in the end of the day, you're just making your own drink on the table. C knows her coffee and she ordered the flat white and loved it! from this day on, she is still reminiscing haha.

Flat white and mushroom crepe

The third time I went, I noticed the menu had changed abit, I ordered the Typika breakfast stack consisting of shredded potato crisp, wilted spinach, avocado and house smoked ocean trout, topped with a fried egg, sunny side up. Again decided to save the beef benedict till later since I already knew it was good, its like the saying, "good guys always finish last". In the end, I wasn't too impressed with my meal, there wasn't much to rave about but I also wouldn't say it was bad, the flavours were not exciting and was rather monotonous.

Breakfast stack and beef benedict

Overall Typika has become a MEH cafe, I'm not feeling that bliss that I had the very first time. But I do believe the fire can be rekindled when I go back to try the beef benedict, Typika will always have that special place in my heart, I learnt to appreciate coffee and I will be back. That is my Typika love story.
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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Momento caffe (Next cafe)

" New Coffee Experience"

So I'm always on the look out for cafes serving unique food and beverages. I stumbled upon Next cafe which has formerly changed their name to MOMENTO CAFFE. I found out they serve unique coffee flavours and have pretty coffee art and it's down south, a suburban cafe not too far from me. That just ticks all the boxes. S and I organised a spotlight and coffee date on a sunday arvo, it took us a while to find the cafe since we didn't know they've changed their name. Urbanspoon was not updated. We kept walking past Momento caffe just looking at google maps all puzzled it's like looking for treasure and being on X without the treasure. We decided to give up and just try Momento caffe, dragged ourselves in with a long face like a kid having to do chores, until we saw a little notice on the door stating that they use to be Next cafe :O HALLELUJAH!

We decided to sit outside to take in the fresh breeze and was given the drinks menu. I ordered the orange mocha and S had the coconut capuccino, there wasn't a food menu as they only offer what is in the glass display, nothing really appealed to me so I just stuck to my drink. 

Our drinks looked so beautiful, prettiest I've seen in Perth so far and I'm forever in search for more coffee art. First sip and I could taste the orange flavour, I loved how it's different and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could see the orange flavour essence? at the bottom of the cup so definetly give it a good stir, in my case, I didn't want to ruin the art. S also liked her drink, in fact she has been reminiscing about it for awhile. I think super serious coffee lovers may think the flavour essence ruins the coffee, but for those who like a twist or something different should definetly try this place out.

P.S The entertainment book offers a complimentary coffee when another is purchased deal under Next Cafe

P.S.S If you know of any cafes that does coffee art give me a shout out. I'll forever be grateful :)

Next Cafe on Urbanspoon