124 Croyden Road, Roleystone
Breakfast served Fri-Sun from 8.30am
Mothers Day breakfast would have to be one of the busiest times for cafes and restaurants – whilst some crumble under the pressure, others rise to the challenge without a hiccup. Genesis in the Hills in Roleystone is one such place that didn’t lose the relaxed friendly atmosphere that it is known for on this traditionally very busy day. My sister and I grew up in Roleystone and my mum still lives there in the same house she has lived in for 30 years. I had heard about Genesis in the Hills from someone who isn’t a Roleystone resident so I wanted to check out this hidden gem for myself… and of course treat mum to mothers day breakfast at the same time.
Genesis in the Hills is a vegetarian restaurant owned and run by two sisters Ita and Rivka. They ensure that where possible produce for the restaurant is sourced locally and that it is ethically produced. They also allow locals to sell their produce as well as art and jewellery in the restaurant for no commission. There is a huge selection of delicious cakes on display which are all homemade and there are gluten free ones as well. My mum has enjoyed afternoon tea here with her bushwalking friends a few times and she said they will let you have a half of a slice of two different cakes so you can try both for the price of one slice!
Even though we had made a booking, when we arrived we were asked if we would like to sit inside or out. Forgetting how “fresh” Roleystone can be in the morning we chose a table inside, so I was glad the choice was given! If you decided to sit outside, you would not be disappointed as there is a large balcony over looking the sloping bushland. We were brought water and menus to start with…. Now…Roleystone water – I don’t care what anyone says – it tastes better than “suburban” water!
So many things looked good on the menu! The prices ranged from $8.00 for Sourdough toast with honey/jam and ricotta up to $19.50 for the Full Breakfast – fried eggs, sourdough toast, haloumi cheese on oven baked tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, potato fritter, spinach, yogurt cheese with herbs and a sweet ricotta fritter or a Full Vegan Breakfast – sourdough toast, tempeh, spread of the day, baked tomato, mushrooms, asparagus, potato fritter and spinach. There was also choices like ricotta pancakes, muesli (one for vegans and another for non-vegans). Whilst the menu doesn’t state this, there is gluten free bread available as well.
All three of us chose something different. I decided on the Vegan Full Breakfast, Mum chose the Full Breakfast and my sister chose the Shakshuka – two eggs baked on a bed of tomatoes and onion, haloumi cheese and herbs. It usually comes with sourdough but she asked for GF bread instead. I also ordered a cappuccino; mum – a hot chocolate and my sister ordered a large latte (she had just come off nightshift and was struggling!)
The drinks came out quite quickly and at first I thought my coffee might have been on the bitter side but there was no aftertaste and as I slowly sipped it I realised it was strong full flavoured coffee. Mum said her hot chocolate was nice and smooth. All the drinks were at a hot but drinkable temperature. My sister and I later on ordered another one each!
When the meals came out there was definitely a “wow factor”. The meals were vibrant in colour and looked too good to eat. I liked the way the Shakshuka was served traditionally in the pan it was baked in. This is an Israeli dish which is quite fitting considering this is originally where Ita and Rivka are from. My sister said it was really nice, especially with dipping the bread in and it had just the right amount of spice.
Mum really enjoyed her meal saying the eggs where nice and runny. We both agreed that the mushrooms were cooked just right. They were still firm and full of flavour. The asparagus was also delicious and firm. I can’t stand soggy overcooked asparagus!
The spread of the day on my meal was tofu, garlic, olive oil and herbs. It was delicious! Even my sister was helping me eat it. On my toast is what I believe to be tempeh. It is a soy product and it was seasoned perfectly and also contained pine nuts, spring onions and tomato. The flavour was impeccable and with each bite I just wanted more. I also really liked how on both mine and mum’s meals our tomato was sprinkled with dukkah.
Genesis in the Hills is truly a hidden gem. The service is honest, relaxed and friendly. All the tables were pretty much full and we had no idea because not one waitperson was rushing around and it was actually really peaceful inside the restaurant. The atmosphere inside and out is tranquil and it makes me miss Roleystone in a way. I think Genesis in the Hills is a definitely worth a visit, you could take a leisurely drive up into the hills and enjoy a relaxing breakfast away from the busy cafe strips we are all used to . I will be going back with Clive very soon to sample some of those delicious cakes! Welcome to my top 3 Genesis in the Hills!
For those who venture out to this beautiful part of Perth, please drive carefully on Croydon Rd. It’s windy and there are deep valleys on the low side. The driveway for Genesis is before Araluen Botanical Park but if you miss the driveway I suggest you turn around at the entrance to the Araluen Estate a bit further up rather than try at turn around on a windy road.