When Cie from Pathetic to Pin Up contacted me on Twitter to see if I’d like to meet her for breakfast at Cafe Lumos, I was a bit dubious. A cafe in an old suburb like White Gum Valley competing with popular Fremantle? To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. Oh how my opinion has changed! This is another example of a local cafe that can hold it’s own amongst the big players. As soon as we walked in, there was a real sense of family friendliness and the cakes adorning the benches made it feel homely. There is both inside seating and a wooden decked seating area out the front with plenty of shade for more sunnier days. Thankfully Cie had booked us a table inside. It was a crisp morning!
As soon as I started looking at the menu, I felt a little over whelmed. There was a lot of choice and it was all exciting and different. I really had to read every choice to see what it was rather than do the quick scan down the menu through the typical breakfast choices. Prices ranged from $5.50 for toast up to $22 for the Lumos Universe - Eggs, bacon, chipolatas, hash browns, grilled tomato, baked beans, mushrooms & spinach on toast. The first thing my eyes were drawn to was the Suburban Burger ($14) - 2 slices of crispy bacon, 2 eggs sunny-side up, fresh English spinach & house made tomato relish inside a New Norcia burger bun. Then I scanned back up the menu and decided to order the Provincial ($19) - bacon, mushrooms & spinach sautéed with a dash of cream, topped with poached eggs on artisan baked wholegrain light rye. Cie chose to have the Rosti Benedict ($18) – poached free range eggs, crispy bacon & homemade hollandaise served on gluten-free royal-blue potato rosti.
Our coffee orders were taken straight away when we were seated, which always wins points with me. I always know what coffee I want and I usually NEED it ASAP. The coffee was made well. Good temperature, creamy and the flavour was smooth.
I was surprised at how quick our meals came out. I was also surprised at the serving size. They were generous! My “Provincial” was very tasty. Creamy mushroom and bacon sauce poured over tangy rye that was springy and dense. The cream in the dish wasn’t overwhelming, I was worried it was going to be too rich. The poached eggs were a tad under done as there was still some uncooked white but they were plump and fresh.
Cie’s eggs were perfectly cooked with a nice runny yolk. The serving of hollandaise sauce was generous and the bacon was cooked to order (not too crunchy). The rosti was the star of the dish. It was dense and flavoursome – an excellent substitute for the traditional muffin usually seen in this dish. The grilled tomato was nicely charred on the outside and added a fresh element to the dish.
As previously mentioned there is a huge selection of home made cakes and slices. Most of them were gluten free as well and looked delicious! I had to stop myself from buying a heap of treats to take home for later. Cafe Lumos seems to make a real commitment to “gluten free”. From the cakes to the meals, there is plenty of choice.
The service was very attentive, friendly and quick. The staff seemed happy to work there – which speaks volumes about the kind of place this is. It felt like the kind of place where the owners know their customers. One of the owners names is Leon by the way, he introduced himself to me and was very good at making everyone feel welcome.
Not only do they serve breakfast and lunch, they also do dinner. Looking at the specials board, dinner is something I’d love to come back and try with my other half Andy and a bottle of my favourite wine from Wise Winery. Next time you’re “down Freo way”, stop short of the tired old cappuccino strip and pay Cafe Lumos a visit. You’ll love it.
Unit 1, 16 Minilya Ave, White Gum Valley
Breakfast served daily 7am – 1pm