196 Whatley Cresent, Maylands
Breakfast served 6 days (closed Tues) 8am -1pm
After what was actually a pretty crappy morning, we found our silver lining in Chapels, which is an Eastern antiques and artifacts shop on Whatley Cres that also contains a beautiful cafe. My mum, sister and I walked in and immediately felt the warmth of this cafe which is filled with timbers and Eastern influenced styled decor. The walls are lined with big jars of tea and beautiful fine bone china tea sets from Wedgewood and Royal Doulton (all of which you can purchase). I really love the beautiful Wedgewood tea sets with the various patterns. I think they look so pretty and delicate!
Firstly some of the photos might not be as good a quality as normal as I only had my iPhone with me.. but I am confident you can still see what the meals are!
We were left for a short while to look at the menu before someone came back to take our coffee orders. I normally prefer to have my coffee order taken straight away but this short wait wasn’t such a bad thing as there was a few different teas to choose from! My sister and I ordered coffees and mum ordered a pot of Rose Black Tea.
When the tea came out in the beautiful pot and the dainty cup and saucer I was immediately jealous! I wanted to feel like a princess at a tea party too! Mum put sugar in her tea and said it was very sweet so the next cup she left the sugar out and it was perfect. I had a sip of the tea and it tasted like rosewater and it was so smooth and drinkable with no sugar. I usually find black tea to be a bit bitter without sugar. So for anyone who usually has sugar in their tea, try it first before adding it at Chapels!
I also noticed that they run tea tasting sessions for groups, which would be interesting to go to. Mum loved how the tea was served in fine bone china and that it was proper loose leaf tea.
Our coffee’s were also delicious. They were a nice hot drinkable temperature and had a smooth texture and flavour. The latte my sister ordered came in this nifty glass where it’s kind of double layered so you don’t burn your hands on a hot glass. You can also buy these glasses in the shop! After I received my coffee I saw a BOWL of coffee go past. I hadn’t seen this on the menu and I was disappointed I didn’t order it. When I spoke to one of the staff she told me they were updating the menu to include it. So keep an eye out!
Now to decide what to eat! The menu has a number of choices ranging from standard breakfast dishes to dishes with an Eastern touch such as the Kim Chi Pancakes and Sour Salad ($16.95) – savoury pancake served with sour salad made from Chinese cabbage, carrot and onion dressed with rice wine and vinaigrette. The prices range from $7.95 for New Norcia fruit toast with preserves up to $22.50 for the Ozzi Breakfast – Princi pork sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and New Norcia sourdough. There was also a range of cakes and scones with jam and cream available at breakfast. I decided on the pancake stack which came with bacon, sauteed banana and maple syrup ($17.50). My sister chose the eggs benedict ($18.50) with gluten free bread (they also offer GF cakes!) and mum decided on the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs ($17.50). I also noted they had eggs and soldiers on the menu ($9.50)! Perfect for the kids… or those bigger kids that love dipping warm toast into a runny egg!
Our meals came out in great time considering they were quite full for a Monday morning. I dived into my pancake stack straight away and loved the combination of the bacon, syrup and sweet, soft sauteed banana. The bacon was cooked well and wasn’t dry or fatty. The pancakes could have done with a touch longer on the pan but they were still quite light.
My sister commented that her eggs were cooked perfectly. She broke the yolk and said “quick Elizabeth.. do you want to take a photo of my perfect eggs” (yes.. my family call me Elizabeth). The hollandaise was also made well. It had a good amount of tang but she said the dish could have done with a bit more of the sauce.
Mum really enjoyed her smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. She loves smoked salmon so it was perfect for her! She said the eggs were creamy and light and that she couldn’t fault the dish.
The service at Chapels was warm and friendly and very relaxed! All the staff seemed very calm and gave warm smiles when they greeted customers or brought anything over to the table. What was amazing was that there was a table of new mothers near us and there wasn’t a peep out of any of the babies the whole time we were there. I think it’s the calming environment they were in. (there’s that hippy talk again).
I will definitely be going back to Chapels to sample some of their delicious looking cakes as well as have a fancy pot of tea.
It’s recommended that bookings are made for weekend breakfasts as they can get very busy. Chapels also have a range of seating from outside in their garden to inside and out the front on the footpath so you can watch the world go by.