It had been a long time between breakfasts with my fabulous friend and food director of the Beaufort Street Festival – Laura Moseley, so we met up to catch up on all the foodie gossip and to check out one of the strips newer cafes – Daily Planet Cafe in Mt Lawley. If you didn’t already guess, it is part of the “Planet” suite and brand adding to the well established “Planet Video” and books.
Whilst I was waiting for Laura I ordered a coffee and sat back to check the place out. Exposed brick and metal beams along with an impressive chandelier gave the cafe and industrial cross elegant feel about it. There is also something about the place that makes you feel comfortable sitting there on your own reading a book, paper…. or of course – Facebook, which you can view using Planet’s free wi-fi!
My coffee was very good. Creamy, smooth and perfect temperature. This was nothing compared to what Laura was about to introduce me to. “The Caitlin” is ristretto and honey poured over ice and is named after a funky and talented barista responsible for the wonderful coffee at the cafe. It was perfectly balanced and very moreish!
The menu was interesting with a good mix of the usual breakfast dishes along with a few others that were little different. The prices ranged from $5 for toast up to $19.50 for the All Mighty – two eggs, Merguez chipolatas, smoked bacon, grilled kranski, roasted tomatoes, homemade beans, field mushrooms, spinach and sourdough toast. It really did sound “all mighty”! Laura felt like something light so chose the Vegan Stack – chickpea fritter, field mushrooms, avocado, slow roasted tomatoes, salsa verde and tofu aioli ($16.50). I was looking at either the House smoked salmon with bubble and squeak with poached eggs and hollandaise ($16.50) or the Mex Eggs which was scrambled eggs with green pepper and tomato salsa, smoked bacon, corn relish sour cream and jalapeños wrapped in a tortilla ($15.50). Following the current food trend in Perth, I decided on the Mex Eggs.
Instead of the avocado, Laura was told that they were using honeyed parsnip instead on her Vege stack. It looked light and healthy and is exactly what she was after. The verde was fresh with the aioli and juicy roasted roma tomato balancing out chickpea fritter flavour.
Scrambled eggs on the Mex Eggs were so creamy and flavoursome with the mixed in salsa. The tortilla was soft and the bacon was smokey. The jalapeños could have been hotter but I actually think I have a chilli addiction where nothing is ever hot enough. Overall this dish was perfect marriage of flavours and textures.
The service was very friendly and attentive and the staff are all quite trendy, which I think is almost a prerequisite to work at Planet. I know I don’t comment on menu prices anymore but I have to say that I thought the prices were reasonable considering cafe location and quality of produce used. I am definitely going to be back at the Daily Planet Cafe even if it is just to enjoy another “Caitlin” whilst reading a newly purchased a book.
PS. I saw this sign under one of benches and had a laugh….
364 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley (Next to Planet Books)
Breakfast served all day, everyday