Nestled on Cambridge Street in the heart of Wembley, Hermosa Cantina has been delighting the people of Perth with its Spanish inspired menu for nigh on mine months now, although its dedicated following would have you believe its been around a lot longer. You wouldn’t expect anything different though, given the people behind the scenes are the very people that operate the legendary Tropico in North Beach. Hermosa has been on my to-do list since it first dipped its feet into the Perth food scene, and the only question in my mind was whether to go for brunch or dinner! As usual though, my love of brunch won out and a few weeks ago there I was; 10am on a Sunday at an overflowing Hermosa Cantina.
Living in Northbridge for the last year has been amazing, but it’s given me skewed perceptions about how far away things really are. Having everything so close can be a blessing and a curse at the same time – there are so many options but it’s gotten to the point where even walking 400 metres to the closest coffee shop has started to seem like an insurmountable task on a Sunday morning! Luckily for me, Koffie Winkel (Dutch for coffee shop) – has recently opened up right around the corner from me. It ticks all the boxes with its beautiful interior, quality coffee and most importantly – fresh, tasty food.
Lay-up Cafe has opened up in the space previously occupied by Dizzy Witch Cafe, a long-time Northbridge breakfast institution. I did quite like Dizzy’s but as one door closes another opens, and Lay-up has revitalised the space and brought with it some exciting new menu options so I’m embracing the change. New year, new favourites!
Perth’s ever burgeoning cafe scene has been bolstered yet again by another top-notch cafe, this time in the increasingly popular suburb of Bayswater. Tbsp has recently opened on the main thoroughfare, King William Street, and it’s serving up some seriously good brunch fare with an Asian influence. Think congee with chicken confit, slow cooked egg, chicken crackling and coriander, or fried chicken sandwich with pickle brined maryland, gochujang slaw and pickled cucumber on a brioche bun, alongside decadent dishes like french toast with whipped honey butter and cereal crunch. Safe to say, I wanted to eat everything on the menu.
It’s been a pretty unhealthy few weeks, what with olympic level eating over family lunches, and moving-related stress increasing alcohol consumption (honestly, who can put together Ikea furniture WITHOUT a glass of wine). At the same time, visits to the gym have been few and far between (aka non-existent), so to say my body doesn’t love me so much right now might be an understatement. So it was welcome news last week when my friends organised breakfast at The Wolf The Bean The Walnut, a little alleyway café with a focus on vegan, vegetarian, raw and paleo food. I’m not a big convert to the paleo fad and I am certainly not vegetarian, but it was good to know that there would be a few healthy dishes floating around the menu.
Last week I moved out of a share house that I have lived in on-and-off with two of my best friends for the last 7 years or so, into a real, grown up apartment that I apparently have to pay the bank to live in. A scary move but an exciting one as well, and the move puts me within a very easy walking distance to the CBD which is a concept that makes me a little bit more than excited – especially seeing as I moved in just in time to walk to the night noodle markets (putting aside the fact that I didn’t actually make it there for 5 days, having been too exhausted from moving boxes for a week)! But the move and the opportunities it presents will be the subject of future musings, the point of this post is not my new neighbourhood but a part of my old one (or close by to it at least) – Hylin in West Leederville. This little cafe is just a train stop or two from my old house, and one of my favourite places to stop in the morning for a coffee or two and some good grub.
Last weekend, after I had two pretty different experiences. The first of these was on the pleasant end of the spectrum – a lovely Valentines Day brunch at relative newbie The Shipping Lane in North Fremantle with a close friend. After this came some post-brunch chats on the seaside, ambling through more topics than I thought might have been possible in one morning. Unfortunately this lovely long chat resulted in the experience on the other end of the spectrum – what was probably the worst sunburn of my life. Seriously. It’s been a week and I am still recovering. I wouldn’t say brunch was worth the sunburn, but I will say no other brunch I have ever had came close to the one that I had here.