So here are Andy and I, sitting outside Noranda Palms shopping centre at 7.55am. We’re still in the car of course… not like the people who stand as close as they can to the automatic doors so they can be FIRST inside at 8am. We’re nothing like them, OK guys?
Well, we weren’t there to do our shopping, we had come to have breakfast at Esprezzo cafe. This wasn’t my first visit to this popular suburban haunt. I had dropped in for a coffee last year and was in awe that a place like this existed in a shopping centre. This isn’t your typical shopping centre cafe. You know the type – serving scalding hot coffee and reheated quiche with a side of alfalfa sprouts? These guys are serving coffee and food that would make you think you are eating at one of those popular cafes with recycled furniture and hipsters a-plenty.
Don’t get me wrong, Esprezzo is bloody popular! By 8.15am every table was taken and the line was out the door for take away coffee.
On the subject of go juice, these guys have their own label of coffee that is roasted in WA by Dimattina Coffee. How’s that! You can choose a regular size coffee or if you’re a bit of a fiend you can go for their large size, which is more like a soup bowl with a handle. Their brew is good too. Very good in fact. No wonder all the yummy mummies are lining up out the door for a cup.
If coffee isn’t on your radar as a breakfast beverage then don’t fret, there is also a good selection of juices and smoothies on the blackboard.
Missing those well priced menus? Well they have one here. Prices range from $5 for toast (they have an impressive selection of breads) up to $19.90 for the Esprezzo Big Breakfast – eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms and sausage served on Mediterranean bread. There is a good range of light, savoury and sweet breakfasts. Try this on for size for a sweet choice – Waffles ($15.50) – hot buttermilk waffles with salted caramel, fresh banana, vanilla ice-cream and pashmak (persian fairy floss). Hello!
If you’re someone who often uses the golden trifecta of hashtags #raw #cleaneating #blessed then the RAW breakfast ($12.50) will be right up your alley – smashed avocado topped with raw broccoli, spring onion, chilli, coriander, raw shredded beetroot and a soft poached egg served with olive bread. Take off the egg and you can add #vegan in there too!
Andy, never one to shy away from a mushroom dish, picked the Mushroom Lovers ($12.50). A symphony of mushrooms, baby spinach and oven roasted tomato was piled high and topped with goats cheese. Andy commented, “if you must put tomato on a breakfast, then this is how you do it.” They were sweet whole cherry tomatoes with the skins just split. I asked him what mushrooms were in the dish and he said “normal ones and those karaoke ones”…. he means button and enoki or was that obvious? Glossy, flavoursome and soft, these mushies had been given the right treatment in the sautee pan. Goats cheese added a final tarty touch. This dish was real bang for you buck considering I have seen similar costing upwards of $15. (the photo of this dish is courtesy of Esprezzo as my camera (i.e. user) had an issue)
Waffles or breakfast wrap.. waffles or breakfast wrap. The breakfast wrap ($12.50) won. Wrapped as tight as a tiger and filled with crispy bacon, fried egg, spinach and cheese – this brekky really hit the spot. The relish… OH THE RELISH! It was lip smackingly good and made for a snazzy accompaniment. I loved that the spinach was warmed from the egg and bacon but hadn’t lost any of it’s crunch. It didn’t look like much on the plate but I couldn’t finish it all. Top points Esprezzo!
The service was swift and friendly, run by people who know that shoppers want their coffee or breakfast fast. You’ll be in and out in under and hour, with plenty of time to do the weekly food shop.
Mt Lawley, Fremantle, Leederville…. eat your poached egg and bacon filled hearts out. Esprezzo is serious competition bubbling away in suburbia.
Make sure you have cash on you as they don’t have EFTPOS here.Shop 6, Noranda Palms Shopping Centre, Benara Rd Noranda
Breakfast served Mon-Fri 8am – 11am, Saturdays 8am – 12pm
Originally published on WA Today, Friday 29th August