I remember being a uni student in the late 90’s and regularly going to “Leedy” for those notorious student nights at the Hip-e club and when we weren’t being trash bags there we thought it was the height of sophistication to be drinking lattes out of glasses with little napkins wrapped around them at Oxford 130. It was a Leederville institution but all “good” things must come to end and in this case it was replaced by something even better – Foam Coffee Bar. This cafe isn’t bogged down with flyers of indi gigs and festivals, instead offering a fresh and bright place to enjoy just a coffee with your cycling buddies or breakfast with your yoga friends.
After a walk around Lake Monger, Lisa and I were ready for a hot coffee and healthy but hearty breakfast. We took a table outside – prime for people watching of course. Prices range from $8 for the toast up to $22 for the full breakfast – eggs, roma tomato, roasted mushroom, foam chipolata, homemade baked beans, bacon, hash brown and toast. Both our eyes were drawn to the smashed avocado with feta, olive oil and pepitas ($14) but as we both started to look through the rest of the menu to pick a “contingency meal” we realised there was a notable selection of other fresh healthy options like homemade muesli with banana, mixed berries, nuts, yoghurt and honey ($9.50) or roasted mushrooms with garlic, rosemary, goat cheese and almond dukkah ($10.50) .
The coffee is by Five Senses, the Dark Horse blend. It was a strong roast giving huge flavour to this expertly made cup of joe. Lisa said she loves the coffee at Foam because she doesn’t have to ask for an extra shot to get the strength she likes. Don’t be scared off by the strong flavour – it was smooth and treacly. Strong coffee isn’t something to screw your nose up at if it’s made well and this definitely was. Unfortunately Foam committed a cardinal sin and brought the coffee out well after the meals. It was delivered with an apology as a large group of cyclists had ordered before us and tied up the barista. I guess it’s better to wait than be served up a rushed sub standard coffee!
My bubble and squeak with chorizo, bocconcini and fried egg ($12.50) came as a pile of soft roasted winter vegetables that reminded me perfectly of the “last night’s left overs” element of bubble and squeak. It was like mum had cooked too much at Sunday dinner and used the veges for breakfast – they always taste better the next day! Huge slices of spicy chorizo were generously mixed in with the dish but there was only a skerrick of bocconcini. It seemed a little disproportionate. The fried egg was crispy on the edges with a warm runny yolk perfect for mixing through with the soft veges.
Lisa ended up ordering the smashed avocado dish and she was not disappointed. The avocado was fresh with a tinge of tang from some well measured lemon juice. The pepitas added crunch and just the right amount of crumbly salty feta made for the perfect combination. Even though this dish was quite light it was surprisingly filling.
Foam Coffee Bar is a testament to Leederville’s ever changing face. The service is friendly and the food is fresh, healthy and worth the visit for. Enjoy taking a seat outside and watch life go by; it won’t even seem like you sitting right along busy Oxford st at Foam Coffee Bar.
130 Oxford St, Leederville
Breakfast served weekdays 7am – 11am, weekends 7am – 2pm