19 February, 2015

If you have been a long time follower of mine, you will know my opinion on the cafes in the northern suburbs. For those who have just joined me – I think the ones worth visiting are few and far between once you get past Scarborough. BUT I have found one to add to the “worth visiting” list – Flinderz at Hillarys Shopping Centre.

Now stay with me here… yes it is at a shopping centre but it’s a small local one so I’m not talking about the scale of Carousel here. So how did I find out about this? Well thanks to the power of Instagram, I was tagged over and over in these beautiful looking dishes that got me salivating for a breakfast that I hoped would taste as good as it looked.

Something I really like about Flinderz is that you can book for breakfast. I understand why cafe’s don’t take bookings but this doesn’t suit my personality type – which is “control freak” by the way. I like to be organised and book rather than worry about whether I am going to be standing on the footpath waiting anxiously for a table to become available. This makes this an ideal place for a group catch up and perfect for Carla, Kristi and her beautiful daughter Kalee and I to have a breakfast date and chin wag.Flinderz - Coffee

With so many places insisting on orders being placed at the counter, I had forgotten about the luxury of having your order taken at the table. The best thing about this is having our coffee order taken straight away so we can enjoy a cup whilst waiting for breakfast. They use Pound Coffee here and I love it! We all ordered a second cup but I was devastated to see they were serving cold drip when we went to pay. The weather is perfect for this special coffee treat and it’s a good option to avoid having another milky coffee. Next time Gadget… next time.

The brunch menu is more “breakfast” than “lunch”.. which I whole heartedly approve of. All the usuals make an appearance but with a twist. Eggs benedict is with pulled pork, the granola is with a panna cotta.. you get the picture. If you can’t decide what to have, they offer a breakfast tasting board ($19) – banana panna cotta, quinoa granola, yogurt, fruit compote, smoked salmon & scrambled egg slider, zucchini slice AND a glass of juice. It’s a 3 course meal in one! The top price you’ll pay for brekky here is $21 for their big breakfast – beans, bacon, chorizo, roast tomato, potato hash, field mushrooms and spinach.

Got the kiddies in tow? Well here they are looked after with their own menu. For $7 they have a choice of a ham & cheese toastie, pancakes with ice-cream or eggs on sourdough. Kristi commented that she loved that the toastie she ordered for Kalee came out at a temperature that meant she could get stuck into it straight away. It can be testing to have piping hot food plonked in front of a hungry child who has to wait whilst mum cools it down by waving it in the air and blowing on it like a woman possessed.

Carla was hangry…. so hungry she was angry (did I need to explain that?). She was looking at all the big ticket items but kept coming back to the pulled pork benedict ($18) with a side of mushrooms ($5). Served on a chunky piece of toast was a healthy pile of braised pork shoulder which was a tad bland but the flavour from the garlic spinach gave it a bit of much needed oomph. They had nailed the poached eggs – perfect rounded beauties filled with a runny golden yolk ready to spill through the dish. Spiced hollandaise was buttery and could have used a touch more of a kick but it was a good finish to a different take on this brekky favourite.

Flinderz - Eggs Benedict

Kristi’s breakfast enchilada ($18) didn’t look like much when it came out but it was packing a big tummy filling punch. A tortilla filled with creamy scrambled eggs and rice pilaf was just half the story. It was also topped with a chorizo, tomato ragu and melted mozzarella with a side of fresh guacamole. The enchilada was a little heavy on the rice and light on the seasoning but those creamy scrambled eggs made up for it.

Flinderz - Enchilada

The banoffee pancakes ($17) has been a dish that has copped it’s fair share of instagramming. What would you expect with a dish that is served with fried ice cream? Yep you read that right – FRIED ICE CREAM! This stuff takes me back to my childhood where a fancy dinner out for a birthday meant going to the local chinese restaurant (for me is was the Sun Hing in Armadale) and being allowed to order fried ice cream for dessert; only after we had eaten some beef and black bean and sweet and sour pork. A stack of fluffy vanilla pancakes sat in a sweet pool of salted caramel, vanilla cream, caramelised banana and decorative pansies. The crowning glory was a delicious ball of fried ice cream crumbed in desiccated coconut. I can’t get over how amazing this dish was but it defeated me and I was devastated I couldn’t finish it. Maybe I will try again after I don’t have a baby taking up precious room!

Flinderz - Banoffee Pancakes

I saw on a blackboard that they serve a dozen oysters with a glass of sparkling for $19 every Thursday night. Freshly shucked oysters is on my post baby food list… along with continental rolls, soft serve ice cream, banh mi and all the soft cheeses. I will be back in a couple of months – have those oysters ready Flinderz!

Flinderz is worth taking the drive north for or stepping away from the busy strip of West Coast Drive. It’s the winning trifecta – perfect for kids, families or a catch up with friends. With an all day brunch menu to boot – take your time and enjoy a trip up the coast for what is a pretty darn good breakfast.

110 Flinders Ave, Hillarys
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Breakfast served everyday from 7am

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  • Reply Jenn Radford 23 February, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Sub “Satay Beef” for “Beef and Black Bean” and that was my childhood too. Also at Sun Hing in Armadale. I might need to make the trek out there for this breakfast ice cream wizadry!

    • Reply Liz 24 February, 2015 at 2:34 am

      haha how funny! We went there recently for dinner with mum and there were people in there with BYO goon boxes. So funny!

      I hope you like Flinderz!

  • Reply April Kopf 29 May, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Trying out Flinderz today for lunch. My daughter has a pupil free day today! I hope you’re now enjoying continental rolls, soft serve of soft cheese now!! Lol xx

    • Reply Liz 2 June, 2015 at 1:27 am

      What did you think of Flinderz?

      haha yes I am. I keep forgetting I can eat what I want now!

      • Reply Clair 14 August, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        Hi Liz, Flinderz has changed hands now and we had a very average experience on the weekend. Bland menu (my French toast with lemon marscapone cream was missing both the lemon and marscapone in the cream) and my friend didn’t eat much of her big breakky cause it was so tasteless. Kids area and booking is still great, coffee beans are ok (5senses not Pound) and split billing. They don’t make their own waffles and all the Cabinet cakes etc are obviously not made in store. I want to know where the owners went cause those banofee pancakes looked so good!

        • Reply Liz 15 August, 2017 at 7:55 am

          Hi Clair
          Wow – how disappointing! Thanks for letting me know. I will most likely unpublish this review now!

          Thanks for reading :)

          Liz x

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