Caffe Vero is located along the busy and lively Rokeby Road in Subiaco. I found out about this cafe whilst searching for vouchers in the Entertainment book and liked it the first time I ate here. I remembered big generous serving of grilled fish, chips and salad at a cheap price, and especially so with the voucher! Since we had to go to Subiaco that morning to exchange some quilts that my mum bought from Sheridan, I suggested having brunch there beforehand.
Quite unassuming at the front, it fans out into a huge alfresco dining area at the back as you walk further into the cafe. Orders are taken at the counter with the food brought to the table. Just how I like it in a casual restaurant.
We decided to sit in the semi-alfresco area at the back – it was cold but sunny. Decor was simple but nice.
We had the following that morning:
- Affogato and Flat White
- Orange Juice
- Penne with Salsiccia – $16
- Fish and Calamari Combo – $18
I had both the Affogato and Orange Juice as I couldn’t decide which I wanted more. The Orange Juice was freshly squeezed which was great but the Affogato was only so so as it didn’t quite hit the morning coffee spot. The ice cream was good though :)
I chose the Penne with Salsiccia as I had a thing for ‘foreign sausages’ at that stage and was craving it. The Penne with Salsiccia is a penne pasta dish tossed with Italian sausage, olives, roast capsicums in a mild Napolitano sauce, and mild it was not!!! The dish was so spicy I couldn’t finish it which was a waste. It was also quite dry and the sausages were not tangy to bite. Nothing was going right for me that morning.
My mum’s Fish and Calamari Combo came with a big piece of grilled fish dressed in lemon butter sauce, topped with marinated calamari and served with chips and salad. This dish was slightly better than mine although the chips were soggy and the calamari slightly chewy. Not the same as what I had before. I consoled myself with the salad as I love my veggies.
Overall, I was slighly disappointed at the food as I had a very good impression from my first visit. Maybe I chose the wrong dish! The service was great though, especially the girl that served me at the counter – I liked her, she was patient and always smiling. I would go back again to give it another go as there are lots of other dishes to choose from – hopefully I pick a good one next time!
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 6380 1737
Address: 137 Rokeby Road, Subiaco