Tarts Cafe, Northbridge

InteriorFeelin’ totally crazy that morning after brekkie at Source Foods, we were in the mood to try out this other place that the girls had driven past a couple of times but never walked in for a taste of the food. So off we went for another cuppa (well not for me :( ..) and some cakes/tarts!

Very aptly named, Tarts Cafe has a lovely feeling of nostalgia when you walk in with all kinds of things in the place… from jewellery, to magazines, to greeting cards, this place kinda reminds you of home… it certainly reminded me of the places I visited in Britain and it gave me such a homely feeling.

The tables were interesting too because they weren’t uniform in sizes… rather, they were made up of different sorts of tables and chairs, leaving to you think… “this place is unique!”…

Vintage is the other word I would use to describe this place…

Anyway, enough about the interior and how pretty it looks. We’re a food blog! Let’s get to business:

Menu  Tarts and Cakes!

I didn’t get to take pictures of the other things in the other fridge because I was a tad too embarrassed with my camera (I know I know, why should I be when I have been doing this for such a long time, already?!)… the only other excuse I can give is that the place was way too busy. =X

We were quite spoilt for choices… from cupcakes to tarts, to lemon slices, to chocolate kahlua slices… we took a mighty long time to decide! They had quite a range of drinks for us to choose from as well, and since I couldn’t touch the Caffeine, I resorted to a good ol’ kid’s drink. No prizes for guess which one this is.

So here were our choices:

  • Lemon Tart
  • Raspberry Tart
  • Chocolate Kahlua Slice
  • Latte
  • Cappucino
  • Hot Chocolate

Lemon Tart

The Lemon Tart was beautifully presented. The cut was perfect, with a nice blob of cream.

Quite a bit creamier than the other lemon tarts I have tasted, this one was certainly different. As a fan of tangy and sour products, this one didn’t sit all that well with me – probably because I wasn’t used to having that much of a creamy taste in my lemon tarts.

D.P on the other hand enjoyed it. :)

So this one’s really up to the individual (actually, isn’t it the same with every other thing?! ‘doh).

Chocolate Kahlua Slice

The Chocolate Kahlua slice was something I didn’t get to try since I am currently on a no caffeine and no alco diet (yes, it’s probably a really tiny amount, but I still have to abide my rules!)… but I was told it wasn’t that great. Or at least, it could have been better.

I have to say tho’… the slice seemed a tad on the dry side. Something that’s never a good sign with cakes.

Would have loved to try it!! maybe next time.

Raspberry Tart

There is MUCH to say about this Raspberry Tart.

First of all… KUDOS+++!!!!!!!! I absolutely absolutely love this tart, and it’s by far one of the best tarts I have tasted here in Perth. From the way it looks, to the first bite of the short-crust sweet pastry, everything about this little tart is just magnificent.

I initially thought there’d be a huge serving of custard in the pastry (something I wasn’t too keen on because I’m not the biggest fan of custards)… but NO! there wasn’t! In fact there was such a minimal amount of custard, and a more generous serve of the pastry crumblets (as I would call them…)… which made the tart all the more appetising because it doesn’t fill you up too much… and with the nice tangy taste of the raspberries… I was literally in tart heaven. :)

A definite recommendation to all who might be popping by there for some lovely tarts.

Latte  Cappucino

The coffees were apparently of rather good quality, according to the great coffee lover – D.P… We seem to be hitting the right places for the right coffees, so all your coffee conoisseurs out there!! Take note!

The thing that I do wanna highlight for the drinks, is the hot chocolate (no, it’s not because it was MY drink):

Hot Choc (before)

The hot chocolate was something rather special. I have heard of this concept before, but never really ‘participated’ in it.

The frothed up milk is served in a glass, with a separate glass (tiny one that is) holding all the choclate buttons! So… the fun part begins when you start stirring in all the little choc buttons (well they’re not exactly buttons…) into the glass of milk, slowly watching it turn into a nice hot chocolate, with bits of chocolate still not melted, thus giving you a nice uneven texture to your drink. Some people like it, some people don’t. And of course, once you’re done, you do the famous act of dumping your marshies into the glass as well giving you a perfect finished cup of HOT  CHOCOLATE!

Hot Choc - After

with the chocolate conoisseur with me that morning, she said the hot choc could have been thicker, and she didn’t fully appreciate the fact that you had to stir the cup each time you wanted to drink it – which I could fully understand because it was quite a hassle after a while… you found yourself constantly reaching out to your spoon to give the drink a nice whisk before you are able to gulp it down the throat (altho’ the feeling during that time is just bliss in a moment).

The beautiful thing about this drink is the fact that you can add as much choc as you want to the drink. By the time all the chocolate was added to the milk, it was just nice for me, but well, it could have been thicker, as what S.K. said.

The marshies finished it off rather well. I certainly enjoyed this  hot choc, from pouring the little choc thingo (yes, I have resigned from calling them buttons because they are clearly NOT buttons)… to actually stirring in the marshies, to enjoying that moment of bliss.

One thing that I really love about this place and would be the returning factor is how comfortable I felt in the place… it’s casual yet sophisticated… it’s vintage yet modern. It had a lot of warmth and richness to the place. The things they display around the restaurant are all for sale. That’s the other thing I love about this place - the fusion of fashion and food… a girls’ place where you can bring your guys without feeling too bad. :)

I would definitely be going back to this establishment for another cuppa, or perhaps try their lunch! It’s such a lovely venue!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. (a.k.a. Miss Egg)

Tarts Cafe
Telephone: (08) 9328 6607
Address: 212 Lake Street, Perth 6000, Western Australia

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