Country Road Cafe, located inside the Country Road clothing store on Murray Street is a cafe that encompasses the best of both the shopping and eating world. Tired after shopping? Turn around, make your way to the back of the store and you will find a busy little cafe, perfect for the afternoon nibbles or drinks. I’d discovered this place through a friend a few years back and have been loving it since.
It is a smallish cafe and gets very busy during lunch time so booking is definitely recommended. Once a booking is made, your name is written on the table along with the time of arrival. You are then able to stake your claim on the table when you arrive without even waiting or talking to the waitstaff. A good and efficient system!
The cafe started out quite small in size, but have steadily expanded over the years with even a conversion of their back room into a dining area (not sure what the room was used before but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t part of the cafe). All the better for us! It now consists of an alfresco area with huge black umbrellas as shades and an interior area with either a normal table-wooden seats, booth like-sofa seats or hi-table-stools settings. My favourite is the alfresco area on a warm sunny day – love the ray of sunlight shining through the shades. Such great ambience!
The lunch menu is written on a glass pane next to the counter and consists of salads, sandwiches, pies, nachos, rice and many more. Not too many varieties, however they are quite innovative with their dishes – the chefs seemed to have jazz the dishes up with different uncommon ingredients. I like! The dishes come in entree or main sizes and orders are placed and paid at the counter.
For lunch, we had:
- Chickpea and roasted vegetable salad with lemon and herb dressing ($14.50)
- 2 x Caesar salad, Country Road style with chicken ($14.50)
- Special juice of the day – Sunrise ($4.50)
I had the Caesar Salad for lunch that day and it was the best Caesar Salad I have eaten in Perth so far! It spoils the caesar salads around other places for me as I always compare them with this and they normally don’t come up to scratch! The Country Road styled Caesar Salad is filled with different veggies (a plus for me) – onions, sundried tomatoes, red cabbabe, snow pea sprout and many more. The combination of different spices with the sauce is divine! It also comes with two slices of toasted turkish bread, just the right amount to fill you up without pushing you over the limit. It’s such a great dish, I can’t stop going on about it. I only ever order this dish now everytime I eat here! A must try!
The juice of the day, Sunrise was a concoction of watermelon, orange, pineapple and passionfruit juice – freshly squeezed, was very refreshing and a perfect complement to the salad. Worth an order!
(Note: I was too engrossed in my Caesar Salad to ask about the Chickpea & Roasted Vegetable Salad - so no feedback on this *sheepish look*)
Service was average and not too noticeable as we didn’t have much contact with the waitstaff except at the counter and them bringing out/clearing the dishes. However, with its great ambience and Caesar Salad, I will be back again and again! For those who doesn’t know about this gem of a cafe, check out this idyllic hideaway if you are ever in the vicinity!
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.