The sisters and I decided to go somewhere a little out of the ordinary for us (living in the city and east) one weekend for breakfast, and we ended up having such a good catch up session, we stayed till the place was preparing for lunch! =X
This place is sitting above a little shopping centre along North Beach Road, and I actually got lost trying to find the place because there are so many sections to the car park! If you park on the upper level, and you enter through the door where it is next to the gym… then you gotta walk all the way down towards the end. If you are parked somewhere else, well, just follow the signs? :)
The inside of this place is really quite nice. With interesting paintings filling the area, and nice comfortable lounge sofas, and wooden benches around. I sat inside because there wasn’t any seats outside (where you really would wanna be especially in summer because it overlooks the beach and ocean!).
As I waited, the sisters came through, and as we chatted a little bit, we were served some water and menus… and before we knew it, “BAM!” A table outside became free and we quickly grabbed our stuff and went outside! Whee. The morning was already looking good.
As the sisters deliberated on the menu, I decided to take the chance to snap a photo of the outside… and it’s lovely that I manage to have snaps of a place where there is a significant number of people because, really, everytime I try to, I fail!
The menu didn’t boast variety, but I do give it kudos for its interesting choices that we’re being offered.
Besides coffee and the usual juices we’d get, there is one thing that I have been looking for and could only find it in one other place…
For you cocktail drinkers, you would know that this is just the Bloody Mary without the Vodka. I don’t really agree with the naming convention of this drink, but oh-I-love-it-so.
So yes, it sounds terrible, but I really do love this drink. Being introduced to this by my beloved sister when I was in USA, I always jump for joy whenever I see this being available at any place here in Australia (which, may I add, is not very common at all – not in the places I have been to at least).
Anyway, here are some snippets of the menu:
For the first time in history, I actually managed to take decent shots of the menu! Whee. :)
So, here were our orders:
- French Toast
- Grilled Toast with Spinach, Belchamel & Gruyere
- Croissant, Prosciutto, Gruyere, Rocket
- Virgin Mary
- Cappuccino (after)
- Iced Coffee (after)
Yes, so I guess anyone would now be able to understand why we were able to sit there for ages.
While we were waiting for our order, the cutleries were served on one plate, with a little dish of sea salt.
D.P was really amused by the size and shape of the salt spoon, and I was quite too because it really was, one of the smallest spoons I have ever seen! So cute. :)
Anyway, the OJ and the VM came around not too long later, and I was feeling all excited because Soda Sunlounge actually bothered to finish the VM off with a celery stick! Just like how it was served in America. :) Ah, the memories.
Took a little sip of the VM, and bam!!! I was hit with this feeling of nostalgia, and a grin was automatically formed on my face, whilst the sisters looked on with disgust over the fact that I could feel all excited over a tomato juice being severed with all kinds of sauces, pepper and a celery stick.
Needless to say. I loved my VM. ;)
The orange juice was said to be fresh too. So far so good!
The Croissant was quite obviously a variation to the typical ham and cheese croissant that we’d find elsewhere, replacing the ham with prosciutto, and the typical (I have no idea what kind!) cheese with Gruyere, and with the nice addition of my favourite rocket leaves!
This picture looks like it’s a vegetarian dish because of the generous serving of rocket, but there was quite a good amount of prosciutto underneath too. :)
Loved the change of taste, and with the rocket in this dish, I don’t need to feel that guilty about having my meat without the vege!
An overall tasty dish, the only thing I thought could be a tad better was the Croissant. there was a flakiness that was missing.
The Grilled Toast with Spinach was quite simply served the way it was, without any side garnishing or the like. A tad disappointing but then again that was how my croissant was served too! It had a nice generous serve of spinach, and from S.K. the cheese was rather overpowering and the whole dish became a tad heavy towards the end. Tasty though!
The French Toast was the highlight of the morning, having the best presentation and filling the plate up with style and sweetness. D.P said the whole thing was a bit too sweet, and she would rather have fresh fruits with the toast than the dried ones that were served.
The after brekkie coffees (as I would like to call them) were quite average… in fact S.K’s one was a tad on the disappointing side. Can’t remember what was the exact reason for this but I do remember her saying it’s nice but not quite there.
Overall, this place is lovely to just catch up with good ol’ friends or family, and have a simple breakfast and enjoy the breathtaking view of the ocean and the sometimes illustrious skies of WA. Wouldn’t be the cheapest option around, but I think we are paying a little bit for the view as well :)
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: S.T. a.k.a Miss Egg
Telephone: (08) 9203 7788
Address: Upstairs, 1 North Beach Road, North Beach, Western Australia, 6020