Erric and I have been talking about checking out BOHO espresso for the past few weeks and we finally made it today for a Sunday brekky. The cafe is part of the Luna Max shopping complex and it has a massive area to eat outside under the shade which isn’t rammed full of tables. I like that they have left the area spacious enough that you don’t feel like you are forced to listen to the conversation of the table next to you! All the tables have a bucket of planted herbs as the centre piece and the whole cafe just oozes “relaxation”.
The breakfast menu is concise yet it was still hard to decided what to have! The prices range from $6 for toast up to $22 for the La Boheme – roasted mushrooms & tomatoes, poached eggs, bacon, spinach and asparagus on sour dough. Erric decided to try the La Boheme and I was tossing up between the Breakfast wrap – bacon and egg wrap served with tomato relish and mesclun ($11) or the Benedict’s Fix ($19). I have had a fixation on hollandaise recently so I went the benedict. I saw the “Full of Beans” come out to a table and that looked delicious. It is a mixture of beans in tomato coulis on fresh ciabatta ($16.50).
They also have an extensive juice and smoothies menu and what I was waiting to try.. their special young coconut drink called “Cocobee” ($10). This was a young coconut drilled to get the juice out, which is then mixed with banana, honey and coconut cream and squeezed back through the drilled hole using a bottle. The waitress was only too happy to explain to me how they did it! Erric ordered a “Ranga” juice ($7.50) which is orange, carrot and lemon. We joked it should have ginger in there too to make it a proper “ranga” drink.
BOHO uses Ristretto coffee which comes from a local Perth roaster. The coffee was beautiful. Both Erric and I commented how good it was. The texture was smooth and there was a bit of a toffee flavour coming through as well.
Erric said her juice was really good. It has a mellow citrus flavour and was refreshing. Now.. my impressive Cocobee drink – wow. It tasted so good! I love that it is served in the young coconut and it was nice and icy cold! It was also never ending – as soon as I thought I had nearly finished there was still heaps more. Well worth the $10 in my opinion.
As soon as the food came out, Erric was like “YES! Warm plates!”. She said she prefers a warm plate for her breakfast rather than getting a stone cold one. Her La Boheme was like a big breakfast stack. The roasted mushrooms had tonnes of flavour and they had used fresh basil in the stack which added even more flavour to the dish. The only minor issue was that one of the poached eggs was holding a fair bit of water but they were still cooked nice and runny. Erric said other than the water the dish was awesome.
My Benedict’s Fix was delicious. The eggs were cooked perfectly and were obviously poached directly in water which weirdly.. I haven’t seen in a while. I have been seeing a lot of eggs poached in glad wrap! The hollandaise at first glance looked a little thin but it was anything but. It was nice and buttery with a good amount of seasoning. The only thing it was lacking was the tang of the lemon juice. The casalinga bread that it was served on was very fresh and the spinach they had added still had a nice crunch.
The service at BOHO is impressive. Everyone is very personable and who I assume is the owner or manager took the time to chat to us and check on what we thought of everything.
This place is fantastic for a casual breakfast where you wouldn’t feel under dressed if you walked straight from the beach to one of their shady tables. I love that a place like this exists right near the beach. I feel that these types of casual but quality cafes are an island in a sea of up market cafe’s and restaurants. BOHO Espresso is a definitely a relaxing island to visit!
Shop 5, 241 West Coast Drv (Luna Shopping Centre), Scarborough
Breakfast served daily 6am – 11.45am