Sprolo, South Perth

Sprolo!Website: https://www.facebook.com/sprolocoffee

Sprolo, located on Canning Highway had been a highly talked about cafe since its opening last year. I was most excited by the offering of the traditional Singaporean breakfast with kaya and sous vide eggs on the menu! That is one of my dream breakfast, Asian style! It has been quite rare to find this type of food in Perth but not so nowadays as the food scene has become more and more sophisticated!

Sprolo was the perfect place to meet up with my BFF and her family as she loves her traditional Asian breakfast too! We managed to find seating at the front corner where the lounge area is on the busy Saturday morning breakfast buzz.

Inside Sprolo Inside Sprolo

For drinks, my BFF’s hubby decided on the Cold Brew with sparkling water ($4.50) – LHS in the picture below. I was tempted to get that too but decided on a Cappuccino ($4.20) instead. I didn’t think he liked the Cold Brew much, I was happy that I stuck with the normal coffee. My coffee was great! :p

Cold Brew coffee and Elderberry Juice Cappucino

The food! That was the main purpose for me coming here! Ordering the Traditional Singaporean ($12) was a definite. It consisted of sous vide eggs, sourdough and house made kaya. My BFF’s hubby ordered the same!

Traditional Singaporean Sauce and pepper for the table!

I loved the dish especially the home-made kaya and the Peppe Saya butter. I just wished there were more of them! I am not sure whether I’m biased with a “branded” butter but the Peppe Saya butter tasted unusually good, velvety and smooth. Would definitely order this again, maybe with an additional portion of sourdough.

The BFF ordered the Coconut Chia Pudding ($9.50) for herself and a Toastie for her toddler. The Coconut Chia Pudding looked great with raspberry coulis, toasted coconut and lychee. The coconut and lychee were the winning factors!

Coconut chia pudding Toastie

I was not feeling particularly full after the breakfast and decided to get some desserts to share. There are a selection of cakes, slices, tarts, cookies, doughnuts on offer, displayed in the front cabinet and counter. We went for the following:

  • Melting Moment

Melting moment

  • Apple and rum cake, salted caramel and pecan praline (gluten free)

Apple and rum cake

  • Chocolate rose and raspberry cake (gluten free)

Chocolate rose and raspberry cake

From memory, the cake slices were about $7.50 each. They were dense and were very filling! My favorite was the apple and rum cake as I loved the nuts and salted caramel. So sweet but so good! My BFF liked the chocolate rose and raspberry cake more. Turned out good as we both went for the one we liked :p I would love to try the Portuguese Egg Tart next. I was too full to even think about ordering it!

Overall, we had a great breakfast at Sprolo. The menu was quite simple but adequate. The sweets offering are awesome. Service was warm and friendly! Great addition to this area of Canning Highway!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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2 Cafe, Darlington

2 CafeWebsite: http://www.2cafe.com.au/

The PFEs received an invitation recently from the new owner of 2 Cafe to check out the cafe which is situated on Montrose Avenue in Darlington. Darlington is located on the escarpment of the Darling Fault, part of the Perth Hills within the Shire of Mundaring. It is about a 35 minutes drive from the city of Perth which is not too far away. I have never been to Darlington before so I thought visiting the cafe would be a good chance to see the area and also to help bring some exposure to cafes that are hidden in the ‘burbs (more like the hills in this instance). We were offered a $20 credit to offset our food and drinks purchase at the cafe which was great.

The boy was in Perth for a visit and was happy to be dragged along my foodie adventure. We made our way in the morning, the day was forecasted to be 39degC and it was already 30degC when we left the house at 930am. I was hoping it wouldn’t get much hotter!

It was quite easy to find 2 Cafe as it is located next to the busy Darlington Road. Climb a flight of stairs and there is 2 Cafe, next to a dental centre. The cafe is small in size and has a cosy interior. More importantly, it was cooling inside despite the heat outside. Big tick! Seating is also available on the verandah for those with pets or for those who enjoy the heat!

Inside 2 Cafe2c  Inside 2 Cafe

2 Cafe

We ordered an Avocado Milkshake ($7) and Beetroot & Carrot Juice ($5.50) from their Special Drinks board to start. The Avocado Milkshake was milky and had small chunks of avocado through it. Nice!

Avocado milkshake and Beetroot&Carrot Juice

There were a variety of dishes to choose from the menu which is predominantly British style type of food. Click here to check out the menu. We had the following:

  • Seafood Catch ($12) – open sandwich topped with surimi, crab meat and tuna mixed with a homemade rich and creamy special sauce and spices served with a side garden salad.

Seafood catch Seafood catch

  • Popeye’s Favorite ($16) – spinach and diced fetta cheese omelette with toasted bread, crispy bacon, sliced avocados and leafy mixed greens.

Popeye's Favorite Popeye's Favorite

The meals were simple and wholesome and surprisingly filling for me. I had the Seafood Catch sandwich. Chatting to the new owner, we were informed that they have expanded the menu since taking over the cafe, however keeping the food simple as they do not have a commercial kitchen yet. Great effort on their part!

I ordered a coffee as my “dessert” and it came out looking pretty, nice latte art! The coffee was good.

Flat white

We were generously given a complimentary Lime Tart to take home as the best sellers at the cafe are the cakes, especially the gluten-free varieties, sourced and made by the locals from Darlington. The Lime Tart was beautiful!

Lime TartCakes! Cakes!

I also found some doggie treats at the counter for 50c each. Time to treat your best friend! I bought a couple for my parent’s dogs. They would be so happy!

Doggie treats Doggie treats

Thanks to 2 Cafe for the invitation. We had a lovely time and it was great to discover this cafe in Darlington. A nice little cafe to drop in if you are ever out in Darlington for a walk, bicycle ride or driving through the Perth Hills. The Avonlea Farm Riding and Lesmurdie Falls are not far away either!

SPECIAL OFFER: 2 Cafe has kindly offered the PFEs blog readers a discount of “Get $5 off for spend above $30″ valid from now until 29th February 2015. All you  need to do is mention the code “Perth Food Engineers” at the cashier when you are making payment to be entitled to the discount. Do let me know what you think after your visit!

Narration: Miss L
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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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