Foam Coffee Bar – Leederville

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I was invited along to Foam Coffee Bar in Leederville on the promise of copious amounts of bacon and it didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t tie busy Chef down for a brunch date and then Little Chef was struck down with a bout of chicken pox. I thought that I’d never get my bacon fix!IMG_3984

My brunch date was Foam’s marketing guru, the lovely Meg Coffey. Admittedly I was excited to meet such a prominent Perth social media figure too. We had much to chat about over brunch at the bustling café on the Oxford Street strip.IMG_3977

Foam has a feel of a neighbourhood café. People are constantly coming and going, their hands brimming with take away coffees and sweet treats. There’s not a spare table in the house with lots of people taking time to enjoy brunch with friends too. I was in need of a caffeine hit and the coffee came out hot and fast! The roast at Foam is Five Senses, which is one of my favourite coffees, as it is always so smooth. Love the tiny teddies too 😉IMG_3960

When Meg is onto a good thing, she sticks to it – and why not! She chose her breakfast favourite of poached eggs on toast with a side of avocado.IMG_3965

I chose the wild mushroom trio, $15. A tasty mound of mushrooms sits on top of a slice of buttery toasted brioche with a runny poached egg and chives. I added a side of Cajun spiced bacon for an extra $5. Foam’s bacon ain’t no ordinary bacon. The kitchen team house smokes and cut it themselves, making the porky morsels lovely and thick! It has a really deep flavour too. I’m totally in love with it. IMG_3975

Next time I may up the ante in the bacon stakes and order the Canadian pancakes with maple syrup and house smoked bacon or the “Go Bananas” a decadent grilled house smoked bacon and banana dish, with house made banana bread,  gusto vanilla bean gelato and Canadian maple syrup. They sound very naughty though!

Big thanks to Meg and the Foam team for inviting me down for brunch, I really enjoyed it!

Hylin – West Leederville

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Note to self… under no circumstances go to a crazy popular brunch spot when ravenously hungry. I made this error on a crisp Saturday morning – thinking it was a fab idea to check out Hylin – a new-ish café, opposite the train line in West Leederville. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to queue for a few minutes – and Ren, Little Chef and I did just that…IMG_9416

We sat on the bench, waiting for my name to be called off the list, happily chatting away. Ren mentioned that our supposed 15 min wait had turned into over 30 mins and on further investigation it turned out that there had been someone else moonlighting as “Amanda” and stole out table! Completely no fault of Hylin and our friendly waiter was very apologetic.

IMG_9398We ordered a couple of drinks and a cronut for Little Chef. The croissant-addict was quick to agree to being my guinea pig once he found out that a cronut is a doughnut-croissant hybrid. A couple of years ago when Cronuts first came onto the Aussie food scene only a handful of bakeries in WA had made them. I tried a cronut at Prague Bakery at Kingsley Village Shopping Centre  but wasn’t too impressed, as it was over cooked and frankly shouldn’t have been sold. LC’s cronut was the perfect specimen – light, fluffy and filled with salted caramel.

IMG_9403Little Chef also loved his babycino – which got two thumbs up for extra marshmallows!

IMG_9407Ren had a Micrology Roasters coffee and I ordered a freshly made juice. I’d not had the combo of strawberry, melon, mint and pineapple before and boy was it good!strawb pinapp melon mint

By the time our food arrived I almost inhaled it! I had smoked bacon and roasted field mushroom on ciabatta ($16.50). I also added a poached egg on the side. The dish was cooked well, was very tasty and served with a rocket and corn salad. The crushed pea smear was delicious too.IMG_9410

Since it was pretty much lunch time, Ren chose the open street tacos ($14.50). Soft flour tortillas were stuffed full of Cajun chicken breast, slaw and a mango salsa on the side. Though Ren said the tacos were tasty, she was a bit sceptical that the dish was worth the 1.5hour wait (from arrival at the café to the dish arriving on our table).IMG_9414

All in all Hylin is a good café, I’d certainly return – though I think I’ll wait till the hype dies down a bit!IMG_9424IMG_9418

 

{Quick Bite} Jack and Jill – Kalamunda

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As the nursery rhyme goes… Jack and Jill went up the hill and “up the hill” is where you’ll find this café – on the main street in Kalamunda.

We were up in the Perth Hills visiting family, as well as having a wander around the Kalamunda Farmers Market on this Sunday morning. After a wedding the night before at the stunning Core Cider House – Chef and I were both in need of coffee!IMG_9134

We were heading out to lunch, so we didn’t eat on this occasion, though the cafe’s booths and tables were brimming with people enjoying brunch.IMG_9136

A tray of cupcakes caught Little Chef’s Eye. The maple bacon cupcakes caught mine – shame I’d just had a fry-up at my parents house! Little Chef chose the Oreo topped cupcake – which he practically inhaled!IMG_9126

The coffee, local roast Crema coffee, was very good.IMG_9127

Kalamunda is fast becoming a mini mecca for coffee shop lovers – its great to see more independent places popping up now!IMG_9138