The Whatley Street strip has a wealth of cafes to visit. Brunch lovers head to Mrs S, those of us with a sweet tooth can’t stroll past Sherbet without a coffee n cake, If you’re feeling like something boozy, then Swallow Bar will fit the bill and then there’s Steam Haus – where they’re serious about their coffee and helping the environment too.
Little Chef and I popped by for a drink, while we were out and about. The café is busy, but we find a couple of seats on the long share table by the front counter. It’s overlooked by a train mural, Steam Haus is found right opposite the Midland line, near the Maylands station. Further inside the old building and you’ll find a warren of little rooms and nooks to sit. If you venture through the back door, you can also sit on their back porch. A good spot for brunch with your fur-baby (who are very welcome).
One of the rooms has a dedicated kid’s area, there’s a few tables for parents to sit with some food and coffee, while little ones play with toys and books. It’s a good spot for a small Mum’s group catch up, highchairs are also available. Little Chef dragged me back to the light and bright entrance, where he’d spotted an old-school pacman game in the window. Continue reading
Perthies head to the Swan Valley, Freo or the coast on a weekend for a family day out, but just quietly I think the Perth Hills are now the up and coming place to go! There’s the fab Core Cider House, many wonderful wineries along the Bickley Valley Wine Trail, Kalamunda with its many gift shops, Farmers Market and cafes (like the fab Chatford and Co and Mason and Bird) and the pretty Mundaring Weir. There’s heaps to do.
One place that is a destination in itself is family friendly Masonmill. Locals will know it as “The Rose Farm”, but it has undergone a dramatic facelift. It is now a modern café which also has a fantastic outdoor playground, gift shop, stunning gardens and a new mini golf course. Since we visited there’s also been an addition of an Irish Village themed beer garden.
In the café you’ll find casual home cooked style food. We usually enjoy a coffee and cake whenever we pop by. On this occasion we sat on the outside terrace, overlooking the gardens and surrounding bushland. It was lovely, though there were a few flies about.
My parents and I enjoyed a pot of tea, with a beautiful fresh rose, what a lovely touch!
Little Chef was treated to a milkshake and giant cookie before our game of mini golf.
Outside, there’s a lovely playground which is fully fenced and includes an outdoor eating area under a large pergola. The playground features a beautiful cubby house. It is a nature based play area, with lots of stepping stones and wobbly logs to balance on, as well as a slide and a grassed area too. Little Chef loves it. Continue reading
If you loved the Butty’s Food Truck, you’re already a fan of Chef Che Tam Nguyen’s delicious creations. The Butty’s brand is having a hiatus for now to make way for his new venture in the Perth CBD. Hiding amongst the city skyscrapers, you’ll find Urban Bowl, a modern Vietnamese café. Lunch-y things like rice paper rolls, salad and Vietnamese baguette rolls are on the menu.
I tried the Vietnamese beef salad ($10). It was super fresh, which is the thing I love most about Vietnamese cuisine. It was loaded with mint. The sous vide cooked beef was so tender. I’ve always been a little obsessed with spring rolls and these two were perfectly crisp on the outside and bursting with tasty veg.
At Urban Bowl you can also grab an Urban Cup of coffee or their own house blend tea. I had a cup of pineapple and chamomile, which I’d never tried before. The tea was sweet and smooth, I loved it.
Urban Bowl has had a “soft opening” while they apply the finishing touches to the café. A full menu will be on offer in the next week or two – with additions of soup etc
It’s a great little café. A hop, skip and jump from St Georges Terrace – perfect for popping out of the office to grab a very very tasty lunch!