Toastface Grillah, Perth CBD


Tucked away down Grand Lane you’ll find the grungy cool of Toastface Grillah. A top spot for a pimped up toastie and hip hop beats, it was also one of my very first blogs, over four years ago. The name “Toastface Grillah” grabbed me – it’s a twist on the name of US rapper Ghostface Killah (Wu Tang Clan), who has incidentally visited and played an impromptu gig here in the lane! This little eatery is a little bit “gangsta” too.

Toastface Grillah is a fantastic place for breakfast, brunch and lunch. We’ve been toasted sandwich fans since our childhood. This is much more than your Mum’s simple cheese and tomato toastie. The café itself is thrift shop chic. It’s very casual, with a few benches dotted around the small courtyard and cool beats coming out of the retro speakers.


These toasties are all superb in there gooey, oozey cheesy-ness. Little Chef loved the simple “Get Ya Veg”, vegemite and cheese toastie, $5.


Chef gobbled down the ham, cheese and mustard toastie, $7. The boys relished their toasties. Continue reading

Holly Raye’s – Bassendean


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Though newbie Holly Raye’s is tucked down an unassuming Bassendean side street – you won’t be able to miss it with the stunning dog mural by my favourite artist – Anya Brock. You can see some of her beautiful work at Ootong & Lincoln in Freo too. But anyhoo – I’m digressing here. I was lunching with some of my favourites Kim and Kez. Kez had mentioned to me recently that a friend of her’s, Holly, had opened a new café. I was very keen to try it – especially when I found out that Holly’s mum is in the kitchen – she used to work at the fabulous Sherbet cake and bake shop.IMG_0737

The café is fairly small inside and with two prams in tow, we opted to sit at a table out on the pathway. First, we ordered drinks. As a big fan of chai, I went for the creamy chocolate chai, which made a really nice change and it felt a little bit decedent.IMG_0747

We were sat at our table for a good 20 minutes or so before the cups and plates of the previous customer were cleared – but meh – no biggie. It was quite obvious the waitresses are new and they were run off their feet. I’m happy to give them the benefit of the doubt, given that Holly Rayes has only been open a few weeks.

The menu is an all day breakfast type – which suited us all just fine. I chose the Karri smoked bacon, with free range egg, sharp aged cheddar and tomato relish on a buttery brioche bun, $18. To my delight, the egg was runny *fist-pump*. It’s a tasty dish and the sweet relish really married all the ingredients together well. IMG_0749

Kim chose her staple brunch dish – Eggs benedict, $20. Holly’s version came with lashings of meaty pulled pork and hollandaise sauce. I’m not alone in my love for a runny egg – Kim confessed that she feels a little bit sad if she orders an egg dish and the yolk is hard boiled. I’m so glad I’m not the only one!! We’re happy to report that these eggs were perfectly gooey. IMG_0748

The use of mismatched retro plates is cute and these plates really reminded me of my childhood in the 80’s!! Kez enjoyed the super fresh breakfast guacamole with black beans and jalapeño cornbread, $18. She also ordered a side of potato hash, $4, which looked scrummy.IMG_0750

The girls treated themselves to some freshly baked sweet treats. As tempting a they looked – I’m TRYING to be good. An impossible mission for a food blogger and frankly, no one wants to read about a salad – though please do correct me if you do!IMG_0752

All in all I really enjoyed my first trip to Holly Raye’s. The food is well cooked and very tasty. It’s priced well too. I’m sure the service will catch up to the good standard once the new wait staff have found their feet.IMG_0742


Street art in the Perth CBD

IMG_1191For those of you who have followed me for a while, especially on Instagram, you will have noticed that I love a good mural! Whether it’s the big bad wolf on the Wolf Lane Bar, the colourful zebras on the side of Freo café Ootong & Lincoln or the gritty gangsta mural Toastface Grillah, they’re all masterpieces to me.


IMG_1209Recently there was the inaugural Perth street art festival “Public: Art in the City”. Little Chef and I took a wander just off King Street, to check out Wolf Lane – where a lot of the murals are located. There were artists still painting (some up on cherry pickers), making once abandoned lanes into an inviting bright burst of colour. An open garage next to Tiger Tiger Coffee is a make shift gallery, with murals adorning every inch of wall space. I even found one by my favourite WA artist Anya Brock.IMG_1204


Here’s what we found… IMG_1203

Dolphin Fish - Wolf Lane

Dolphin Fish – Wolf Lane

Some old street art!!!

Some old street art!!!


A – Z of Perth Dining (Part Two)

Merrywell – Crown Perth

This shrine to dude food is an excellent gastropub. The Mac n Cheese bites are more-ish. The chicken wing dish that has a creamy blue cheese dip is not good for the waistline either, but when it tastes that good who cares!!IMG_0603

Honourable mention to Mrs S in Maylands – a cute and quirky little café with excellent food. I loved the Man-which

Nobu – Crown Perth

Nobu is another excellent Crown Perth addition. We recently went here for the teppenyaki. We enjoyed our first Nobu experience and would love to return to try the al la carte menu too.

Ootong & Lincoln – South Freo

One of my all-time favourite brunch dishes is at this great café in South Freo. Squid Chorizo Salad with a side of herbed cornbread. Look out for the zebra mural by local artist Anya Brock – I absolutely love it!O

Print Hall – Perth CBD

One of our absolute favourite venues. We’ve been here too many times to mention. Whether you’re up on the roof having a cocktail at Bob’s Bar, sharing Asian street food at Apple Daily or enjoying something delicious from the Print Hall menu – it’s all excellent. We love sitting at the oyster bar having a chat with Jerry – his oysters are outstanding.DSC06821s

The Queens – Highgate

It’s always a good stop for a casual pre-dinner pint.

Rose and Crown – Guildford

This historic hotel has good pub food and it has to be my favourite leafy beer garden in Perth.

Suburban Table – Mosman Park

The venue for my first newspaper review will always be quite special. I thought the menu, though small, was perfectly formed and the food was ever so tasty.

Honourable mention to the Stables Bar (Perth CBD). It’s an excellent place for cocktails and nibbles with friends.SS

Typika – Claremont

A bustling café that has quickly established it’s self as a Claremont staple. It’s a top spot for brunching and lunching.

Honourable Mention to ToastFace Grillah (Perth CBD) – the gritty alleyway cheese toasty shop! Love it.IMG_1035

Urban orchard (Bar POP) – Northbridge

Whether it’s during the Fringe Festival or whatever, this summer pop up bar at Perth’s Cultural Centre has a view to die for and a great atmosphere.

Voyage Kitchen – Sorrento

We’ve been to Voyage Kitchen a few times and really enjoy it’d fresh beach-y atmosphere with food to match. It’s great for brekkie, lunch, dinner and a simple coffee and cake.

Wild Fig – Scarborough

This Scarborough café ticked all the boxes, including the “quirky” box. The décor features fake grass wallpaper and light features made from tins of food and tea cups!

Xarcuteria – Claremont

This Spanish Deli is run by celebrated WA chef David Coomer (of Star Anise and Pata Negra). We were there for a “Pork Belly Roll” ($12). We found a great picnic spot on the Cottesloe foreshore to devour them. That was one of those “life is good moments”.CYMERA_20130722_170810

Yocal – Fremantle

We visited this Fremantle Café just last week. It’s a great spot for brunch and a coffee. I loved the up-cycled décor. Stay tuned for the blog post!

Zambrero – Hillary’s, Joondalup, Scarborough etc

A casual Mexican takeaway sweeping Perth – Chef and I are a bit obsessed with their lamb burritos!

So there you go – that’s my pick of the A-Z of Perth. There’s some casual spots, some fine dining and everything in-between. It was a bit too easy for me to come up with. I only had to purposely visit Yocal so I had a “Y” to blog about! Technically I haven’t blogged about the Queens, but I have been there many many times over the years. It was the only “Q” I could think of – If you know of any others please let me know for next year!