Sapore Espresso Bar, Belmont

SaporeWebsite: http://saporeespressobar.com.au/

The Sapore Espresso Bar is a modern cafe located opposite the Belmont Forum Shopping Centre on Belmont Avenue. I have heard about this trendy cafe awhile back but did not have a chance to pay it a visit until recently, and it did not disappoint!

Sapore Espresso Bar serves fresh homestyle food and coffee, using the best available seasonal local ingredients in their dishes. They make their own muffins, hollandaise sauce, baked beans, assorted cakes, mayonnaise and pesto, granola and many more! Awesome! It was not that busy when my sister and I arrived so we got a table straightaway, and luckily so, as it became very busy not long after.

Sapore Espresso Bar The counter

Orders are taken and paid at the counter. Our drinks – Cappucino in a mug ($5.40) and special Juice of the Day ($6.50) came not long after we placed our order.

Juice of the Day and Cappucino

The Juice of the day was called the Immune Booster and consisted of orange, apple, carrot, celery, beetroot, lemon and ginger. It packed a punch! My order of Cappucino tasted smooth, with beans sourced from local roasters Fiori coffee from the Swan Valley coupled with bannister downs milk from Northcliffe. Nice!

For food, we had:

  • Breakfast Board ($16.90) – breakfast tapas with a bacon & egg slider with rocket and relish, mini granola pot, and a potato croquette

Breakfast Board

I’d chose this dish as I am always one that like to taste a bit of everything, and this board is perfect for that. Something savory, something crunchy and something sweet! Actually it was the potato croquette that swayed me most, and it was yum. The mini granola pot was refreshing too. It is quite a big pot albeit the term “mini”. My least favorite was the bacon & egg slider as it was slightly dry. I would have like it better with some sort of tasty creamy sauce in it.

  • Spanish Baked Eggs ($17.90) – with tomato concasse, spinach, feta, chorizo and toasted sourdough

Spanish Baked Eggs

The bowl that came was filled with lots of chorizo! My sister thought it was good until she felt overpowered by the chorizo and feta towards the end. She didn’t manage to finish it as it became salty on the palate.

The staff at Sapore Espresso bar were warm, friendly and attentive which made the breakfast very enjoyable. Great discovery and more so as it is so near where I live!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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John Street Cafe, Cottesloe

John St CafeWebsite: www.johnstreetcafe.com.au/

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I first heard of John St Cafe from my ex-colleague who told me of a nice little cafe they visited on the weekend for breakfast. Having not been to Cottesloe for awhile now I decided to pay the cafe a visit for breakfast with my parents one weekend.

John St Cafe is located in a residential street, off the main strip leading to the Cottesloe beach. The place was buzzing when I arrived and I got the last street parking right outside the cafe. Blessed me! The inside is airy and sunny, and has a nice laid back and beachy vibe to it, perfect for a hot summer’s day!

Inside John St Cafe

We had some coffees to start with – Cappucino ($3), Hot Chocolate ($4.70) and Latte ($4.20). The coffee was quite nice!

Cappucino Hot Chocolate & Latte

For breakfast, we had:

  • Breakfast Bagel ($16.70) – bacon, avocado, snowpea sprouts & cream cheese

Breakfast Bagel

Bagel seems to be the rave at the moment so I couldn’t resist ordering this for my breakkie. I loved the huge chunk of avocado on the bagel and the thick spread of cream cheese on both sides. Everything was piled on so it was a bit of a deconstructing process as I ate it. It was a yummy dish overall!

  • Smoked Salmon Benedict ($18) – poached eggs, smoked salmon & hollandaise on english muffins

Smoked Salmon Benedict

A yummy looking dish which I didn’t get to try. Looked great!

  • Special of the DayField Mushroom on Toast ($19.50)

Special of the Day Special of the Day

Check out the size of the mushroom! This was my mum’s order and she was very satisfied with it! Very filling!

I was very full by the time I finish my bagel so I did not get to order the cakes that were on display at the counter. The Kaffir Lime Coconut Tart caught my eye but the stomach said no! Doh! I’ll have to come back another time for it! It was a great breakfast overall with a nice ambiance and friendly service!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Sarapan, Victoria Park

Website: http://www.thesarapan.com.au/

I first heard of The Sarapan from the TFP’s post on facebook, the picture and description of the roti canai she posted really caught my attention! At the same time, it also caught the attention of my friend who messaged me to tell me about it! Malaysian food enthusiast she is, very much like me!  We managed to set up an impromptu breakfast last weekend to try it out!

The Sarapan is located on 1 Leonard Street in Vic Park. I remembered dropping by this place a few months back on a Saturday morning as I thought J Bento was trading there but found it empty and deserted. I thought J Bento had closed down! It only came to light now that 1 Leonard Street is available for hire as a pop-up restaurant, and different businesses can occupy the space at different times! Quite ingenious I thought especially for those requiring some flexibility! The only problem for us customers is to remember which day the various restaurants are trading on!

1 Leonard St - pop up restaurant for hire

We figured the Sarapan only traded on Saturday and Sundays 8am – 2pm from their facebook page. So off we went bright and early on the Saturday. We were greeted with a couple of friendly staff at the counter.

Counter Inside the restaurant

The menu is quite simple, there were three Asian dishes, four Western dishes and a couple of traditional Malaysian cake (sold at the counter). One thing to note though is that there may be dishes advertised on facebook which may no be found in the menu. One example being the Roti Bom. I’d asked whether it is available and the lady said yes, however not found on the menu. You might be missing out on something good if you are unaware! Check their facebook page for more info, it gets updated quite often. Click here.

The Menu!

First up, for drinks we can’t go past not ordering the Teh Tarik ($4.50). I found it to be on the milky side, would have preferred a stronger ‘teh’ taste instead.

Teh Tarik

For breakfast, we ordered from the Asian part only (our reason to come here in the first place!). We had:

  • Malaysian style Egg and Toasts ($5) – Sarapan half boiled/sous vide eggs (2) served with buttered toasts, sprinkled with coriander, pepper and a dash of sweet and salty soy sauce

Malaysian style egg & toasts

I had expected the eggs to be runnier than what I got but they still tasted nice. I still prefer the ‘Kopitiam’ style of half boiled eggs though (like those you get at Papparich) but can’t really complain at this price.  It was good to try.

  • Roti Canai ($5) – crispy Malaysian flatbread freshly made to order and served with dahl sauce & sambal and chicken curry

Roti Canai Roti Canai

The Roti Canai was what I came for and it did not disappoint! It was fluffy, crispy and also served scrunched up like how they do it in Malaysia. Love it! The sauces were tasty too – two contrasting sauces, the dahl and the curry. I do not know which I prefer more, actually I love both, the dahl for its creaminess and texture and the curry for the taste. Yum!

You can also order the Roti Canai with egg for an extra 0.50c. The egg is incorporated within the Roti Canai, check out below.

Roti Canai with egg

I was full by the time I finished and so did not get to try the Roti Bom. My friend and I both ordered the Nasi Lemak ($11.50) to takeaway though, can’t pass up a chance to try it :p It tasted quite nice especially the sambal sauce and fried chicken. I had it for lunch later on the day

Nasi Lemak

All in all, the Sarapan was a good dining experience especially with the discovery of the handmade Roti Canai! Authentic and sold at a great price. My advice is to be there early as it gets busy at around 10am onwards and I was told that service slows down then. We were served pretty fast as we placed our order around 9am. Yay to another place selling great Roti Canai!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Little Bird Cafe, Northbridge

Little Bird CafeWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleBirdCafe

The Little Bird Cafe located on Lake Street in Northbridge was recommended by my sister’s friend for its smoothies – the Green Smoothie in particular was highly recommended. After checking out the photos on Urbanspoon, my family and I decided to head there for breakfast one weekend. Some of the photos of the food at the Little Bird Cafe just looked so picturesque!

The Little Bird Cafe is quite big in size, with a spacious indoor area, outdoor high benches near the entrance and a courtyard area. The decor was very cool, retro and antiquey, there are a few items that will make you look twice out of admiration. I really like the multi-colored lampshade sitting on the table! Apologies to my readers as I forgot to take a photo of it to show you! I also like the live entertainment that came from the guitarist, gracing us with his songs and singing throughout our meal. Absolutely loved the atmosphere.

Orders are taken at the counter and there was a long queue on the Saturday we were there. The place was buzzing. We checked out the menu and proceeded to the counter. This was when I noticed that besides the breakfast and burger menu which seemed limited, there are actually lots of other food available, mostly displayed at the counter, including hot soups, wraps, croissants, bagels, paninis with various fillings. There is also a table full of delicious looking cakes! All homemade and freshly baked. They were so enticing!

At the counterCheck out the cakes!

I couldn’t go pass not ordering a slice of cake! I got the Baked Cheesecake ($6.50) and it was really good! Moist, soft and decorated beautifully, served with a small pitcher of cream. Delicious! I could eat one all by myself!

Baked Cheesecake

On the way back to our table, I walked past the water station and saw these lovely water jugs filled with slices of fruits! Now that’s a first! Water jugs

We took one with cherries and slices of oranges in it :)

Our jug of water with orange and cherries!OK, now to our orders. For drinks, my parents had a Latte and Chai Latte which they liked.

Chai Latte and Latte

Meanwhile my sister and I ordered from the Organic Smoothies board. There were quite a few to choose from. I ended up with the Peanut butter + Choc ($8) and she had the Green Smoothie ($8). Well, she did recommended this place because of the Green Smoothie! There’s no other choice but to try it!

Peanut butter + choc and Green smoothies

My Peanut butter + Choc Smoothie consisted of almond milk, peanuts, raw cacao, date and banana. It was really creamy and filling! The banana taste was very strong which was nice at the beginning but became overpowering after awhile. I didn’t manage to finish the whole drink. It was an overload having this with the Baked Cheesecake as well! Initially I had thought the price was quite expensive for a smoothie but after checking out the ingredients I could understand why. Almond milk and raw cacao don’t come cheap!

My sister’s Green Smoothie was made of apple, spinach, lemon, banana, kiwifruit and chia seeds. She didn’t end up liking the drink as the taste of banana was quite strong in it too.

We had the following for breakfast…

  • Honey + Almond Granola ($15.50) – gluten and diary free with vanilla bean coconut yoghurt, strawberries and almond milk

Honey + Almond Granola

Pretty as a picture! The granola was crunchy with a slight honey undertone through it. Quite refreshing with the juicy strawberries strewn on top. A simple dish but nice.

  • Sweet Potato & Pancetta Hash ($20) which came with poached egg and pear salad

Sweet Potato & Pancetta Hash

I shared a bit of this with sis and thought there were too many sweet potato chunks in this. Too much carbs. I think I would struggle to finish this myself as it’s a heavy dish.

  • Chicken Burger ($14.50) – Mount Barker chicken, cheese, tomato, leaves, aioli

Chicken Burger

The composition in the burger sounded too simple but the Chicken Burger turned out to be quite delicious! Fresh ingredients, toasted bun and the clincher being the aioli sauce. The small portion I ate left me satisfied and wanting more.

  • Bird Benedict ($16.90) – Sourdough, spinach, fresh range eggs, bacon, hollandaise

Birds Benedict

This looked nice, check out the hollandaise sauce! It looks so creamy and tasty. I didn’t get to try this nor ask the opinion of the consumer so I would have to just satisfy myself with the photo :p

All in all, it was a good breakfast, more so as I was excited about the variety of cakes available and the beautifully presented dishes. Loved the ambiance, I would come back for a coffee and try every single cake they have if I could!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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The Little Pantry, Shenton Park

The Little PantryWebsite: http://www.thelittlepantry.com.au/

My sister stumbled on the Little Pantry online whilst looking for a place to meet up with our mother for breakfast/brunch one Saturday. Preferably to be near Subiaco as I was getting my hair done at Curi on Rokeby Road, the Little Pantry was not too far away, located on Nicholson Road in Shenton Park. I had initially suggested Milk’d which is just across the road from Curi but she was not too keen after reading some unfavorable reviews on Urbanspoon. I did not expect the rating on Urbanspoon to have such persuasive means when it comes to choosing a place to dine in but apparently it does.

The Little Pantry was full by the time we arrived late morning but we managed to squeeze into a small table which would have accommodated two nicely but tight for three. The table was also located right next to the thoroughfare which didn’t help. But beggars can’t be choosers right!

Inside the Little Pantry Inside the Little Pantry

We ordered a smoothie and coffees while we waited for the food. My Long Macchiato was very good, creamy and smooth. I like how it was served in a “dented” glass, the dent designed into the glass on purpose, something different I thought.

Smoothie Flat White and Long Macchiato

To me the food was really the star of the place – all the dishes we ordered were so delicious! We had the following:

  •  Sweet Corn Fritters, tomato, avocado salsa, belly bacon, poached egg ($22) – possibly one of the best sweet corn fritters I have eaten, I loved the fresh tomato avocado parsley salsa themed with the corn fritters as it really lifted up the overall taste of the dish. Topped with a runny poached egg and salted popcorn on the side for a bit of fun and crunch made this dish a winner!

Sweet Corn Fritters

  • Mushrooms, stuffed with pearl barley, hazelnuts, Chefs signature egg yolk, mushroom ragu ($23) – another winner of a dish, loved the juicy mushrooms and the mushroom ragu. The fried egg yolks were a bit of a surprise as I’d never eaten egg yolks served in this way before. A bit much for me to finish all three but as we were sharing the three dishes between us, one egg yolk was just right.

Sweet Corn Fritters

  • Syrian French Toast, labne, baked rhubarb ($18) – I didn’t have high hope for this dish as French Toast I found can be a bit of a hit and miss, most turning out soggy where I have tried them before. On top of that I was not too fond of the rhubarb. This was my mum’s order so I had no say in it. This dish turned out to be my favorite! The French Toast was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, the rhubarb was tart and refreshing, and there was just enough sauce to sweeten the dish but not overpowering I dislike those where the toast is drenched in too much sauce. This was the third win for me!

Syrian French Toast

Needless to say, this place was a hit with me and my family. My mum and sister even returned the following week for another round, and yes the Syrian French Toast was ordered again.

Service was warm and friendly which was a double plus, will definitely be back for more!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Old Crow, Northbridge

The Old CrowWebsite: http://theoldcrow.com.au/

The Old Crow is located on Newcastle Street in Northbridge, next to the ever popular Tuck Shop! We arrived quite early for breakfast so there was no line (yay!). Actually there were not that many people either for that matter. It was a different story though by the time we left! Early birds do catch the worms!

The Old Crow has a huge alfresco area which was so alluring but we opted to sit inside as it was sweltering hot that day. Yes, it had reached 30degC even though it was so early – Perth summer weather, gotta love it! Wooden tables and chairs padded with cushions greeted us inside.

Inside the Crow Inside the Crow

For drinks we had the Mocha and Apple Juice – $4 each. It was actually too hot to enjoy my Mocha, what was I thinking?! 

Apple Juice & Mocha

At a glance, it seemed like the breakfast menu offered very little selection, but on closer look, I realised that most of the the dishes sounded really special! I had to try the Pavlova, molasses & coconut custard with mango ($16) as it was highly recommended by my BFF, “very refreshing on a hot day” I’m told. Sold! We ordered another savory dish, the Mushrooms, provolone croquette, slow egg, red sauce ($19) and decided to do a swap. Half a savory dish + half a sweet dish = winner!

The menu

Mushroom, provolone croquette, slow egg, red sauce

I did not know that provolone is an Italian cheese until I saw the dish and researched it on Google. Eating chunk of cheese is never really my thing, however this was so flavorsome I almost forgot it was a cheese. Yum! I was also loving the mushrooms in this. Any dish with mushrooms is a plus! :)

Pavlova, molasses & coconut custard, mango

The Mango, Coconut Pavlova was the bomb! Normally not a fan of pavlova (hmm, what’s up with me ordering food that I don’t normally like to eat at the Old Crow?!), this was amazing! Very refreshing and light, it left a breadth of sunshine in my mouth! I love it! I would order this again the next time! ++ (thanks BFF for the recommendation!)

Great breakfast that morning with food I’m normally not a fan of turning out exceptionally well! The staff was friendly and service was quick! Will definitely be back to try something else!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Mary Street Bakery, Highgate

1I’d first read about Mary Street Bakery from the food bloggers around town which perked my interest and landed the bakery in my “to try” list. When my BFF sent me a picture of their “Monut” (replica of the Cronut!) she was having with a highly recommended tag, it tipped this place into the “must try” list! I extracted myself from a yumcha at the Silks one Saturday to a brunch at Mary Street Bakery!

On arrival, I realised that Mary Street Bakery is located where Soto Cafe used to be. I didn’t know Soto Cafe closed down! It’s sad when a cafe close down, hopefully it wasn’t due to it being unsustainable!

Mary Street Bakery was buzzing when we arrived, with a 15 – 20 mins wait for a table. The entrance was spacious, with an elevated counter and kitchen down the back wall and tables/chairs in another room on the right. I thought the tables were placed a bit too closed together – modern setting perhaps?

Looking towards the tables Looking towards the counter

For drinks, we had the Iced Coffee and Flat White.

Iced Coffee Flat White

We decided to order a savory dish and a couple of sweets to share as we were not that hungry. For savory, we had the Mushrooms sauteed pickled crispy egg mojo crispy parmesan ($19). I’d ordered an extra serve of Sourdough bread ($5.50) as I’d read in a blog that the dish doesn’t come with bread which I thought was a bit strange. Alas, when the dish came, two slices of bread came with it! One plate too many bread!

The dish was flavorsome with multiple herbs. I especially loved the flowy crispy egg! Wet well with the extra bread we ordered haha. Yum!

Mushrooms with crispy egg and parmesan

Bread that came with the dish!Extra bread ordered

I love flowy eggs!

For sweets, I ordered the “Monut” but to my bewilderment, they did not know what I was talking about?! I showed them the photo that my BFF sent to me on the phone but all I got were blanked faces. Hmmm it was so strange!!! I walked to the counter and asked but the conclusion they came up with at the end was that they didn’t make them that today. Doh!! I would have thought it would be a signature item! I settled with a Dark Chocolate Tart and their Little Circle of Happiness ($5) which was recommended to be similar to the “Monut”.

Dark Chocolate TartLittle Circle of Happiness

Inside the Little Circle of Happiness

The Dark Chocolate Tart was really good, dense with a crunchy base. It was very filling. I was disappointed with the Little Circle of Happiness, the outer casing was too hard I gathered from the deep frying, and the gooey filling was not held within the casing which made eating it a one big mess!

Overall I was not too satisfied with the brunch as I didn’t get to try the “Monut”! The savory dish though was delicious. One thing I noticed was how loud the music was played, I had to speak up to be heard in a conversation which became quite tiring at the end.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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