149 Marine Parade, North Cottesloe
Breakfast served daily until 11.15am
Planning to have a group breakfast at a beach side cafe in Cottesloe when “Sculptures by the Sea” is on and the cafe doesn’t take bookings – recipe for disappointment right? Not at Barchetta. Audio Cass, Sammy, Fully Charged Rhino, Black Cat, Cider Spinner and I all decided to take our chances and try out this cafe on Saturday morning in its beautiful location overlooking North Cottesloe beach. I arrived first and saw the packed tables outside and expected to be told there was a long wait when I went inside to ask for a table of 6…. to my surprise the very helpful waiter said he’d push some tables together and I could go wait outside for my friends if I wanted to and he would put a “reserve” sign on it. WOW!
It wasn’t long before the others arrived and we went inside. Sammy thought she would take her chances and ask if we could get a table outside instead. They looked outside and pushed two tables together for us and walked us out to our coveted spot right on the balcony. We couldn’t believe our luck and the fantastic accommodating service we had already received.
We all ordered coffees and also a bottle of champagne. It was the weekend before Cider Spinner’s wedding and we all felt it was appropriate! The coffee did take a while to come out but it was busy and we were a large table. Everyone loved the coffee so much we ordered about 3 each over the course of the morning! Sammy and I thought the coffee could have been a bit hotter as it was luke warm. The flavour was nice though – very smooth.
It took us a while to order our food between catching up and trying to decide what to have. The prices range from $5 for muffins up to $24 for Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon. There was something on the menu for everyone – sweet or savoury, big or small meals. Audio Cass and I decided on the poached eggs with asparagus and hollandaise ($22); Sammy chose to have the Chefs Omelette – chorizo, roma tomato, basil pesto, mozzarella served with toasted ciabatta – $20 (also comes as a vegetarian option with rosemary pumpkin, persian fetta & cherry tomato); Black Cat had scrambled eggs and bacon on toast ($16.50), Cider Spinner had the Barchetta Classic Benedict – poached eggs, mushroom, tomato and bacon served on ciabatta toast with hollandaise and pesto ($22) and Fully Charged Rhino asked for a customised breakfast of toast, tomato, mushrooms and spinach which they gladly said they would do!
The meals came out and they were well presented. I know that you generally can’t “do” much with breakfast but some places seem to make it look pretty – Barchetta did this.
Audio Cass and I enjoyed our meals. We both agreed the hollandaise was seasoned well but Audio Cass said the sauce was a bit thin. I thought there was a good amount of the sauce – the meal wasn’t drowning in it. The eggs were cooked perfectly as well with the asparagus still having a nice amount of crunch.
Sammy said her omelette was very filling. It had a good amount of chorizo so the flavour wasn’t overpowering. She said it lacked enough cheese and as a result was a little dry.
Black Cat agreed with Sammy about the meal being filling! We all said they were large serves. Her scrambled eggs were a little runny but the bacon was cooked well.
Cider Spinner can cook amazingly perfect poached eggs every time and luckily hers were also perfect on her Classic Benedict. The basil pesto was nice for extra flavour.
Cider Spinner also loved the mushrooms as did Fully Charged Rhino on her custom brekky. They were seasoned well and still firm. The fact that she got fresh crunchy spinach over cooked was something she liked as well.
We all thought everything on all our dishes seemed fresh and well prepared.
As previously mentioned the service at Barchetta is wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble and we were well looked after the whole morning with attentive service. I also loved that we never felt rushed to move on. We felt we could sit out there on the balcony over looking the beautiful turquoise water, enjoying many coffees and chatting for as long as we liked.
This cafe is in such a special location that really reminds me of why I love living in Perth. Nothing beats enjoying breakfast over looking the beach we are famous for.