Who are Syd and Phyllis? Co-Owner and Head Chef Sam named the café after his grandparents, which is a lovely touch and reminded me of my own Grandparents, Stan and Phyllis. It’s particularly fitting that he named this café after them, as his Grandfather worked on the railways. Syd and Phyllis is found up on the “platform” of the redeveloped Midland Railway Workshops.
We spent an hour soaking up the sun over a spot of lunch and enjoying the view over Railway Square, where the old shunting yards were. It retains the old workshop buildings, as well as train tracks, which run through the great space. At regular intervals stream rises from the tracks, almost like a ghost train has pulled up at the platform. Little Chef loved jumping around in the mist.
Local roast Bolt is brilliant. Bolt is set up at the nearby Man of the Trees nursery (and roast their beans on a BBQ!).
It’s seriously one of the best coffees I’ve had. Syd and Phyllis is also licenced and features local craft beers, wines and spirits.
My Mum and Dad brought us along, they’d previously enjoyed a couple of brunches here. There’s a good selection on the lunch menu, as well as fresh foods and cakes in the cabinet. I picked the heritage salad ($16), which sounded ridiculously heathy. Luckily, it was ridiculously tasty too! Ancient grains, and wild rice, chargrilled broccoli, beetroot hummus, pickled slaw, made for a colourful and yummy lunch.
My Dad opted for the 6056 burger – I was very jealous. This burger crams in the fillings – not one but TWO beef patties, crisp beer battered onion rings, pickled beetroot, fresh cos lettuce, tomato sauce, oozing with cheese all on a charred bun. Served with extra crunchy triple cooked chips and a light coating of gravy. Gravy and chips – nice one!
Mum enjoyed the Moroccan veg ($18). I’d been eyeing up that dish too, as it was another GF option. It’s a tasty combo of Moroccan spiced sweet potato, cauliflower, zucchini, capsicum, hummus and pomegranate.
Kids are well catered for with all day breakfast options, as well as fish n chips, toastie and a cheese burger, which Little Chef devoured in-between running around in the mist.
Service is very friendly. I did have to check if my lunch had been missed, as everyone else been eating for about 5 minutes before my salad bowl arrived. But no biggie, these things happen.
Syd and Phyllis is must for coffee (train enthusiasts!). Delish food, excellent coffee and it’s in a lovely spot, which is still close enough to the existing railway tracks to hear the trains go by. Great to see Midland on the up.
Find Syd and Phyllis at 21 Foundry Road, Midland, Perth.