When I was a child, my parents went to great lengths to dodge parks and toy shops, to avoid the inevitable pestering. There is no avoiding this beachside playground, as its smack-bang next to the entrance of The Kiosk. Little Chef, our 5 year old, makes a dash for the slide as soon as he sets eyes on it. I quickly turn it into a bargaining tool. He can play later if he eats all his breakfast. Everyone’s a winner!
Chef and I are ravenous on this re-run election morning – having not succumbed to the sausage sizzle at our local polling station. The Kiosk is light, airy and wedged in-between the beautiful white sand dunes of Floreat beach. We sit in the outdoor dining area, under the sails. I can almost touch the sand.
We brunch with my boss (Mr H) and his lovely family. They’ve been visiting The Kiosk for many years. It’s been operating under its current owner, Venetian born Stefano Rossi since 2008. Mrs H remarks on the lovely ocean view. You simply can’t beat a coastal vista I agree. It was only interrupted by a few morning swimmers, in speedos, walking past our table… yikes!
It’s a jolly atmosphere in the bustling café. Locals are enjoying their weekend; catching up with friends, popping in for a drink whist walking the dog or having a hearty feed after a morning swim. The breakfast menu is substantial and you can brunch there till noon. Chef orders at the counter and our drinks arrive in good time. I’m impressed with the freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices.
I choose the Full-on Vego ($24). I hasten to add I am quite the carnivore, but I’m having some food guilt and a large plate of vegetables seems to be the answer. Included are two eggs, how you like, grilled haloumi, mushrooms, beans, caponata, tomatoes and thick toast. The beans are delicious and would be great in a dish of their own. I like the food, though the pesto mushrooms are quite watery. It’s an incredibly generous serving, which I can’t possibly finish.
Chef has the Eggs Benedict ($18.50). Two poached eggs smothered in hollandaise, leg ham and rocket sit upon thick toast, sourced from an artisan bakery. It is Chef’s breakfast menu favourite and his yard stick for a measuring a good brunching spot. It passes the test.
Little Chef’s eyes bulge as his breakfast arrives – a huge stack of pancakes ($14.50). I feel instantly guilty for telling him he must eat ALL of his food. The adult serve of three fluffy pancakes is swimming in maple syrup. I could tell this was going to end up with more syrup on him than consumed. Luckily The Kiosk is a casual place – there are sticky fingers, happy faces and sandy feet aplenty.
We grab a coffee from the outside take away counter and sit on the lawn watching Little Chef burn off those pancakes in the playground. Many weary looking parents, caffeine in hand, have the same idea. We sit back and enjoy the million dollar ocean view. The Kiosk is a great spot for families.
*This was first published in The Post Newspaper 25/04/14*