Moana has been a favourite coffee haunt of mine for a long time. Hidden away above Britton’s formal wear on Hay Street (right near David Jones) its semi hidden entrance gives it a very Melbourne-esque vibe, and the balcony is just too cute. If you get there at 7.20am as I did on Thursday, you can have the whole place to yourself and pretend this quiet little oasis is your own little secret.
I met up with an old work friend on Thursday and we decided to have breakfast there, as every time I drop by for coffee I ogle the bagels and muffins unashamedly, so it was about time I indulged in some of their culinary delights. As I mentioned, I was there super early and had the balcony all to myself whilst I waited for Em.
She arrived before too long, and I didn’t have my usual state of indecision over a menu as there was only one hot item and I was in the mood for something warm. So I ordered the breakfast wrap with bacon, eggs, tomato and avocado ($12), and Em the granola with yoghurt, muesli and honey ($10.50). I had the usual flat white and Em got all adventurous with a cold drip coffee despite it being about 5 degrees outside.
The coffee came out fairly quickly, and the cold drip coffee was super cute, served in a jar with a little straw.
My flat white was creamy with a fairly mild taste, and they use 5 senses beans there which always makes for a nice brew.
The food came out not long after, and my wrap was really delicious! The tomato chutney came in its own separate jar, and it was tangy and tomato-y and all round delicious. The bacon was crispy which I always really appreciate
Jars seemed to be the theme of the day for Em, as her granola came out in a jar as well. It was really nicely presented, and she said that she really enjoyed it.
The people sitting next to us ordered the toast with preserves, and that looked like a hearty serving of toast with about 4 or 5 different preserves served in little jars – next time it isn’t so cold I think I will have to try that out.
Besides the great food, Moana also has an art gallery that always has some interesting art on high rotation, and a lot of artwork on the walls of the cafe as well
Moana is one of the many cafe’s in Perth that are popping up in previously unexpected spots, serving up simple, unpretentious yet delicious food. The food and decor aims to please, and the vibe at Moana will always bring you back for more. Well worth a visit!