Recently I was invited by the City of Mandurah and Visit Peel to experience the beautiful Peel Region. I will be writing a whole post on my visit to the region and what a great food and wine destination it is… But first BREAKFAST!
The two cafes they had planned for us for breakfast were Cafe Coast and The Tea & Coffee Merchant. Both on the waters edge, I soon realised that this is pretty much the norm in the area for many dining places!
Breakfast served from 9.30am Mon-Fri & from 8.30am weekends.
2/45 Rees Pl, Wannanup
Just before you cross the Dawsville channel, turn off and head towards the marina for a breakfast at a family owned cafe right on the water.
It doesn’t look like much from the carpark packed with boat trailers, but once you’re inside and out on the balcony, you feel a world away from any bitumen. It almost feels as if you are on a back deck of a boat, eating breakfast and living the high life!
They use Subiaco roaster Brew-Ha coffee here and we were not disappointed. The robust flavour really hit the spot. So much so, that I ordered a second.
The traditional breakfast menu here is an obvious favourite with the locals with barely a table spare by the time we left. Kids are well looked after here as well, with a choice of bacon and eggs or pancakes on offer.
My stomach really wanted pancakes with banana and ice-cream ($16) but my head said “Liz you have a whole weekend of eating ahead of you – pace yourself.” So a breakfast wrap ($14) it was! I was not disappointed by this simple wrap of bacon, egg and cheese and it was mainly because of the accompanying relish. This sweet onion and tomato relish was loaded with mustard seeds and a moreish flavour that had me feeling thankful there was plenty to cover ever corner of my wrap.
The eggs benedict came with a few different options, Andy choosing to have it with the smoked salmon and asparagus ($21). Two english muffins were topped with fresh baby spinach, blushing pink salmon and a couple of perfectly poached eggs. The hollandaise was buttery with the asparagus still having a touch of crunch. A generous serving of salmon made Andy comment that it was nice to have more of the good stuff and less of green stuff. There was just enough spinach to give some freshness and crunch with the stars being the salmon and the eggs.
As busy as the cafe was, our food and coffees came out quickly and were delivered with a smile. The wait staff even knew to put our plates and coffee well away from our baby’s fast moving grabby hands! Even though we were invited to have breakfast here, I watched all the other tables receive the same great service we had.
What really topped this breakfast off was getting to see dolphins in the marina whilst we ate breakfast. They were just metres away from us, slowly swimming amongst the boats. Absolutely magical.
The Tea & Coffee Merchant
Breakfast 6.30am – 11.30am every day
5/9 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah
Another beautiful morning in Mandurah, another beautiful location for breakfast – right on the water at the edge of Mandjar Bay. The great thing about Mandurah is that it feels like you can walk to most places. We were staying at the Seashells Mandurah and we rarely used the car! It was so nice to get up and take a leisurely stroll along the water to breakfast.
The coffee at The Merchant, which has gained awards at the Golden Bean Awards in the Franchise category, was a very decent brew. The only reason I didn’t order a second was that I had already had a coffee on the walk over!
With everything under $20, the all day family friendly breakfast menu offers meals that will give you real bang for your buck. And the serving sizes are nothing to be sniffed at either!
It’s been a while between big breakfast for Andy so he went The Merchant Full Breakfast ($19.50) – eggs, bacon, tomato, sausages, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. In what was a standard offering for a morning fry up, it was the mushrooms that Andy really loved – fried in garlic to that perfect point (you know.. NOT watery), they were a straight up win.
Seeing as this was our last morning in Mandurah, I succumbed to my craving and got the pancakes with banana, maple syrup and ice-cream ($13). Oh and of course I added bacon ($4). Three big fluffy pancakes were loaded with fresh banana and bacon just how I like it – crispy! I felt a bit bad eating ice-cream for breakfast – but we were on a mini break so it’s ok! This breakfast really hit the spot for a sweet morning treat.
The service was fast and friendly with the barista coming out to say hello to our little George to see if he was allowed a babycino. At 6 months old, he’s a tad young but he loved being fussed over! They were super busy on this morning and all the staff seemed to take it in their stride – keeping their smiles and seamless service going strong.
Walking back to our hotel we saw a mumma dolphin and her calf herding fish right in the shallows. I can’t believe how many wild dolphins we saw during our stay!
A couple of other places that I stopped in for coffee that were not on the itinerary were Cafe Moka and Frisky Deer Interiors & Cafe.
I had a quick look at the breakfast menu at Cafe Moka (2 Dolphin Drive, Mandurah) and this will definitely be on my list to try next time! They serve Toby’s Estate coffee and it was yet another place located right on the beautiful water How lucky are the people of Mandurah to have all this choice on the water?!
Frisky Deer Interiors & Cafe (Shop 5/16 Dolphin Drive, Mandurah) is a short walk from Dolphin Quay and Seashells Mandurah. As well as a selection of sweet treats and healthy takeaway lunch options, they serve one of my favourite coffees here – Fiori. I loved sipping on my creamy flat white whilst browsing the shop and wanting to buy ALL the homewares.
* I dined at Cafe Coast and The Tea Merchant as an invited guest where my meals were provided.