Don’t you just love those places where as soon as you walk in you are taken worlds away from the busy street outside? Chinta’s outdoor area is an oasis of cooling palms, ponds and shaded day beds. Inside is a shop full of home décor and resort wear with a café of beautiful teak furniture to settle into for a bite to eat.
There’s a prize table inside. All the regulars know it and the first timers wish they were sitting at it. My friend Jess and I nabbed it. Oh yes… we got those two wicker cane princess chairs in the corner. It’s like winning the lottery. Everyone looks at you with envy as you lounge back in these uber comfy chairs lined with soft cushions. The best part – the curved outer shell of the chairs blocks out the people glaring at you for not vacating the table within .00005 of a second of taking your last bite of food.
Award winning local roaster, Rubra supplies all the tea and coffee here. It’s not a brand that you see as often as Perth fave Five Senses, but I guarantee you won’t be disappointed by this brew. There’s an impressive selection of juices too for $7.50. I ordered a “Blush” and all I remember was that it had beetroot and ginger, because I don’t care about the other stuff. I just LOVE beetroot and ginger in a juice! Any place that makes a healthy juice look a cocktail I should be drinking by a pool will always win favour with me.
The all day breakfast menu made deciding what to order a little hard. I wanted it all! But unfortunately society frowns upon people who order several meals for themselves. The dishes are more on the traditional side but far from boring. Prices span from $5.50 for a range of their delicious breads, think fruit loaf, date and walnut, banana, up to $18 for “eggs atlantic” – eggs, salmon, cream cheese, chives, rocket and hollandaise on sour dough. Yep – everything is under $20 – ground breaking for Perth!
The corn beef hash ($17) I ordered was a straight up win. Salty pulled beef with peppers and red onion roughly mixed with a roast potato smash. The golden yolks from the two poached eggs binding it all together to make for a meal you didn’t want to end. At the time, I would have loved a bit more ciabatta bread to pile it all on top of, but in hindsight – there is a lot of carbs in it already with the potato. Jesus…. who ever thought I would be discussing “carbs” in one of my reviews.
Jess went with a brekky fave – the eggs benedict. At first she was taken aback by the amount of hollaindaise sauce but when she tasted it, her eyes widened and she said, “Liz, you HAVE to taste this”. I’ll admit it was good. Ok… it was SO good I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Seriously… I NEED some friggen hollandaise sauce soon. It had that delicate balance of butteriness, creaminess and tang just right. Add in perfectly cooked eggs and fresh bread instead of english muffins and this was about as good as it gets.
After breakfast, browsing through the home wares section is dangerous for your wallet. But who doesn’t like pretty things?
It’s easy to see why Chinta is a favourite with all types. From the western suburbs ladies to the surfies from Scarborough – they all find their little oasis here.NEW PREMISES SINCE THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN 29 Scarborough Beach Road, North Perth
Breakfast served all day, every day from 8.30am