Great breakfast in Beckenham. Yes, it exists! It has done for a while but I’ve been a bit slow out of the gate when it came to Fika on Brix.
My friend Cath and I love to go out on Friday breakfast dates. We are constantly tagging each other in cafe’s food photos with, “here next!”. Fika, a Swedish concept meaning to have coffee with friends, was one such cafe. After a glowing review from my sister we decided “there next!”
Bibra Lake roaster Grand Central supply the beans. I recognised the barista from another coffee shop and immediately knew my coffee would be A+. She did not disappoint. Creamy and smooth with a natural sweetness, it was worthy of ordering a second. Cath’s son Charlie had a strawberry milkshake aka “the best milkshake in the world”. Topped with cream, sprinkles and meringue, it was a little bit special without being a ridiculous “freak shake”. Can we all agree that those things need to get in the bin?
The all day menu spans sweet and savoury with an Asian twist. Expect dishes with bao buns, black sesame, edamame, and South East Asian fruits. They swap out menu items regularly to keep things fresh with the seasons but if you prefer the simpler things in life, you’ll always find dishes such as the big breakfast and bacon and eggs available.
Unable to make a decision, Cath and I decided to share a couple of dishes. We went with the bulgogi beef hash ($19) and the chicken katsu bao ($16).
Served as a pair, the bao buns were perfect for sharing. Inside the soft, pillowy buns was panko crumbed chicken fillet with sriracha mayo and slaw. Panko crumbs work really well to take something “crumbed” up notch. Paired with the sriracha mayo for a gentle kick and slaw for freshness, these buns hit all the right notes. Lotus crisps, cut chilli and coriander were the perfect bed fellows to top this dish off.
The bulgogi beef made for a great breakfast “main course”. A spiced potato hash was topped with tender, sweet pulled bulgogi beef. Edamame beans (shelled thankfully), were an interesting addition but they worked. A perfectly fried egg was a great for mixing that golden yolk through the beef along with the fresh cut chilli. This dish is one to order if you’re after something a bit different to the beef brisket breakfasts that are popular at the moment.
Fika is such a versatile cafe. It’s perfect for a couple of friends to have an instagram worthy breakfast. And it’s perfect for a family wanting somewhere that the kids will be occupied by the neighbouring nature play area so breakfast doesn’t descend into chaos. It’s just the perfect suburban cafe.
Mills Park – 86 Brixton Street, Beckenham
Breakfast served Tues to Sun from 7am