Frisch & Barc. Weird name right? Well it has a nice meaning and it’s all about community. Karl Ritter von Frisch discovered that bees aren’t just mindless drones, they create communities. The barc is the wild hive they build.
Siblings John and Kim Wong want their cafe to be a place of community, where customers return to and always feel welcome – just like the bees to their barc. There is definitely that kind of vibe about the place with smiling, friendly staff and a couple of communal tables amongst the usual seating.
The coffee here is from local roaster Top Shelf and these guys are currently the only place in Perth serving it.
Getting the best cup of coffee for their customers involves blending tap and reverse osmosis water to get the right levels. Water that is too hard flattens the flavour, water that is too pure can’t lock with the coffee. It’s all about perfection here.
I ordered a flat white, which was flawless. My sister Sarah ordered a clever drip; a type of filter coffee. It came served with sparkling water and cascara – a fruit syrup made from the coffee cherry. A little wooden board describes the details of the single origin used. It’s a fun way to try black coffee!
The all day menu spans sweet and savoury with an Asian tilt. There’s an omelette with Singapore chilli crab ($23) and a Black angus corned beef potato hash ($23.90) with sriracha soy or apple and pear bircher muesli ($14.90) with toasted coconut flesh and freeze dried lychee. It’s the usual brunch suspects with a twist.
I love pandan, so imagine my excitement seeing the brioche french toast ($17.90). It is served with a creamy coconut pandan custard, berry and apple compote and crushed pistachios. The brioche was like nothing I have ever tasted. It was like eating a custard filled vanilla sponge. So soft, silky and sweet.
The south-east Asian flavour of the pandan worked well with the more traditional berry compote. A hit of lime cut away the sweetness and bright green pistachios added crunch.
Sarah went with the smoked ham hock baked beans ($20.90). It’s served with a perfect 63 degree egg and garlic bread for dipping. There was plenty of chunks of ham hock with the baked beans. The sauce was rich and spicy.
Sarah ordered with gluten free bread and expected to just get bread – not garlic bread. One thing she has missed since being diagnosed coeliac is good garlic bread. This was so good she almost sent it back not believing it was gluten free. They get the bread from Gala Bakery and said people often question whether it really is gluten free!
It’s not just the things like food and coffee that make a cafe great. It’s also the little touches such as complimentary filtered still or sparkling water. Great service counts for plenty too. Thank god the days of surly service in Perth are becoming a distant memory.
Frisch & Barc is one to add to the “must visit” list!
297 Canning Hwy, Como
Breakfast served Tues to Sun 7am–3pm