When was the last time you went to a cafe where every single staff member you encountered genuinely smiled at you? For me, it was last Friday when I visited Beaufort street’s newest addition – Finlay & Sons no 917.
Besides the super friendly staff, it has all the hallmarks of a successful cafe – exposed brick, filament lights, a large communal table and instagram worthy bits and bobs on the table that make for the perfect styled food shots. But looks aren’t everything and I’ve been fooled by shiny things before.
After banning my sister from going there without me (she lives around the corner), we had our breakfast date set. Would two weeks after opening be enough time for them to iron out any teething issues? I needn’t have considered it, the place was already running like a well oiled machine; busy but not a sweaty stressed out brow in sight. All smiles!
If you’re familiar with the hole in the wall espresso bar down the road in Mount Lawley called Bossman, then you’ll love the coffee here at Finlay & Sons. Provided by the same roaster, Twin Peaks, this coffee will give anyone a reason to throw off the covers and head out for breakfast. Made with Bannister Downs milks, this sharp tasting coffee had a creamy finish making it worthy of ordering a second… and maybe a third cup. On the go? They have a take away window as well so you don’t need to work out where to stand awkwardly amongst eating diners as you wait for your cuppa.
There is an all day menu on offer here so you could have sticky ribs or risotto for breakfast if you wanted or you could have the sleep in to rival all sleep ins and have breakfast at lunch time. Prices for the brekky dishes ranged from $5.50 for toast up to $22 for the green brekkie – avocado & asparagus smash with wilted spinach and egg. Something interesting I noticed was that none of the meals have bacon on them but you can add it for $5. This really opens up the options for vegetarians, so meat lovers are adding bacon, rather than the vegos taking it off and probably still paying the same price.
Offered in three sizes – petite $9, medium $11, grande $13, the waffles with caramelised banana and marscapone was a top notch sweet breakfast. I went middle of the road with the medium size and added a side of thick cut bacon ($5), which from here on in shall be known as “the slab”. Two crunchy, yet light waffles were perched in coffee flavoured marscapone and anointed with maple syrup. Now let’s talk bananas. This was the best cooked banana I have ever had. It was not the soggy flaccid piece of fruit I was expecting, but instead a silky soft delight with a crispy caramel shell that made it almost like a toffee apple… but a banana. The slab of bacon – wow! The meat was tender with a smokey yet sweet flavour. There was a slight stickiness to it that made it the perfect addition to this breakfast. After eating this, will any other bacon compare?
Finlay & Sons’ take on the croque monsieur ($13) came as an open style sandwich with pastrami and brie. It was a touch heavy on the béchamel sauce but the flavour from the brie gave it a certain je ne sais quoi. This was a definite cut above a toasted ham and cheese sanga with a fancy name. Sarah ordered it with gluten free bread at no extra cost – hallelujah! The staff proudly told us that they use Mary Street Bakery for their gluten free loaf and this isn’t the only area they take the absence of gluten seriously. Take a trip up to their front counter and peruse all the gluten free sweet treats on offer. It’ll be hard to walk out without buying something to take home for afternoon tea.
With free wi-fi, a community garden, space for prams, pencils and colouring in pictures for kids, cosy tables for two or a large table for more – Finlay & Sons is the whole package. I would be just as happy sitting there alone, working away (reading The Bachelor gossip) on my laptop whilst sipping on a coffee or three as I would be eating breakfast as fast as I can with my little baby sitting contently in his pram.
Welcome to Inglewood Finlay & Sons no 917. All your shiny things, friendly staff and of course your food are all worth stepping away from the well worn footpaths of Mount Lawley for.917 Beaufort St, Inglewood
Breakfast served Tuesday – Sunday from 8am (coffee from 7.30am) – 2pm Originally published on WA Today – Friday 7th August 2015