I love driving along the coast and when I noticed that The Wild Fig was no longer there (it’s now moved to Scarborough), I wondered what would take it’s place. After asking all my readers, we found out that a new cafe was opening there called Bay 33. Now that it is open Sammy, Gail, Erric, Cider Spinner and I decided to check it out.
Bay 33 don’t take bookings which is a trend in cafes that I am starting to get less annoyed about but I find it very frustrating when you have a larger group. Some places don’t take bookings for under six, which is at least workable for a group breakfast. We arrived fairly early and had to wait a while for two tables to be free so there was room for us. I noticed that groups of four and less didn’t have to wait long if at all.
We can all agree that the view is a big draw card for any cafe along the West Coast Drive strip and today was no different at Bay 33. The majority of the tables are outside, yet undercover so you can enjoy the view of hot bods running along the path.. as well as the blue of the ocean of course. When we were seated our coffee orders were taken straight away and Gail arrived a little later and as soon as she sat down there was someone there to take her order. Big ticks for that!
The coffee used is Bonissimo and it was creamy and light in flavour. A comment was made that no sugar was needed – a good sign when the it comes from someone who usually needs it! There was a selection of healthy juices as well. I ordered a carrot, apple, celery and ginger juice. It was nicely balanced with a touch of spice from the ginger. Healthy!
Gail brought along her wee man and I was impressed to see a kids menu available with a colouring in picture on the bottom of it. The kids menu prices ranged from $7 for egg and soldiers up to $10 for either pancakes or a cheese and tomato omelette.
The main menu has prices ranging from $5.50 for toast up to $18.50 for The Bay Brekkie – eggs, bacon, baked beans, confit roma tomato, Cumberland sausage, hash brown and thyme mushrooms. We all chose something different to order which makes for a great review! Gail chose the Bay Brekkie, Erric had scrambled eggs on toast ($10.50) and an extra Cumberland sausage ($4). Sammy ordered the Omelette ($14.50), which you can choose your own fillings. Cider spinner decided on The Breakfast BLT – sourdough topped with watercress, confit roma tomatoes, avocado, crispy prosciutto and poached egg ($18) and I had the Mushies on Toast – Sautéed button and Swiss brown mushrooms, thyme and Persian feta ($17).
The Bay Brekkie was substantial. I was impressed that Gail finished it all! The eggs were cooked perfectly and the beans had an abundance of flavour. The bacon was quite fatty and could have done with a trim but it was cooked well. The Cumberland sausage was a nice change from the usual chipolatas except it was lacking a bit in that signature “cumberlandy” herby flavour.
This was similar comment that Erric had about her Cumberland as well. Her scrambled eggs were over cooked and looked the same as Sammy’s omelette (see below). However, they were seasoned well.
Sammy enjoyed her omelette, commenting that it was packed full of ham and spring onions. It was seasoned well and was flavoursome.
The Breakfast BLT looked fresh. Overall the flavours in the dish worked really well together but the sliced avocado was very hard. It could have been substituted with something else, maybe some guacamole, which would have hidden the hardness of the avocado.
My mushies on toast were delicious. The thyme flavour was a nice change from the usual plain sautéed mushrooms. The persian feta was a nice addition, which of course I thought there never there is enough of! I am a feta fiend! The mushrooms were sautéed perfectly so they were not watery, which meant the bread did not get too soggy either.
The service was excellent at Bay 33, it was both friendly and quick. With a little bit of polishing up with the food, this cafe will really be a shining light in the bay.
33 West Coast Drive, Watermans Bay
Breakfast served 6.30am – 11am daily