Hipsters in Craigie? It sounds like a pretty farfetched concept – but it appears to be true. Chef grew up in this unassuming spot in the Perth northern suburbs. Once the only thing to get remotely excited about in Craigie was the old bowling alley. Now there’s a new reason – Roma Republic.
Craigie residents will be rejoicing that they have somewhere to get a decent coffee from. It was evident when we stopped there for breakfast a few weeks ago that this café is a welcome addition – there was a very steady stream of people coming in for takeaways.
It has all the right ingredients – that retro industrial feel, blokes with shaggy beards and a hip brekkie menu. I chose a strawberry, watermelon, apple, lime and mint smoothie, $7.50 from the drinks menu – it was as lush as it sounds!
I must have been having food guilt that morning as I chose a relatively healthy honey roasted granola with poached pear, $12. The serve was generous and the granola nicely toasted, with lots of tasty bits. On the side were milk and Greek yogurt.
Chef picked his favourite breakfast staple from the menu – eggs benedict, with bacon $16. The two perfectly poached eggs were served on English muffins with wilted spinach and chef just had to have a side of sausages too. He gave his brekkie the thumbs up.
And Little Chef had the same as Daddy – minus the snags.
Our breakfast was enjoyable, the food was tasty, nothing game-changing, but hearty home cooked style fayre. The atmosphere at Roma Republic is casual and the prices very reasonable. Nice to see Craigie going up in the world!