I get the feeling that Gooseberries Cafe is a little local secret. Families walk down with their kids in tow on bikes with training wheels and grans and granddads sit and enjoy a coffee at a sunlit table whilst reading the paper. It’s wholesome and sweet yet there is a funky edge. Maybe it’s the signage made from recycled oil drums or the abstract art on the walls – but this place definitely has a touch of style.
From the outside the cafe looks tiny but don’t be fooled, there is oodles of room. Inside is filled with large tables and comfy chairs and there’s an outdoor area awash with sunlight sitting off to the side.
This is one of those menus that has something for everyone. If you don’t find a dish you like on here then you pretty much suck at “breakfast”. They even have an Indonesian breakfast of nasi goring, chicken satay and sambal and a fried egg ($19). Prices range from $6 for Abhi’s toasted sourdough or a croissant up to $19 for a selection of dishes that are all a variation of a “big breakfast”.
Whilst there is a fantastic kids play room there is also sign at the cafe entrance saying that due to OHS reasons, prams are not allowed inside. There isn’t a specific kids menu either but they do have choices like a single pancake or one egg on toast for $7. That is pretty good for a kids breakfast considering I have seen items on kids menus sitting at around the $10 mark.
The coffee is from Di Bella AND they use Bannister Downs milk. Yep – you’ll be in coffee heaven here. A well made brew that is creamy to the last mouthful – perfect.
I never order pancakes when I go out for breakfast but I had a hankering for something sweet. Ary’s pancakes ($13) hit the spot. Served with maple syrup and fresh banana this simple dish made me realise why I don’t order pancakes. OK that sounds bad.. but hear me out…It seems like so many places try to out do each other with how ridiculous their pancake dish can be. Topped with this compote and that salted caramel and this fruit plus cream or ice-cream and dust from angels. It all sounds like too much. I see the pics on Instagram and my teeth hurt just looking at them. If I make pancakes at home it’s with lemon and sugar – simple. This is why I loved the pancakes at Goosberries. They kept it simple and you rarely see that now days.
Elisha ordered the “Local Brekkie” ($19) – three eggs scrambled, crispy bacon, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms. The scrambled eggs were creamy and the mushrooms were plentiful. There was a slight hint of white wine in the mushies adding a bit of complexity to what can sometimes be a boring element in breakfast. They certainly weren’t lying about the bacon being crispy; paper thin slices of the best eating animal were piled on the plate. This led to a lengthy discussion about how we like our bacon cooked. We are both “crispy” gals but I cook (by that I mean “my husband cooks”) bacon under the grill where as Elisha is a fan of the frying pan. How do you like your bacon?
I love the family feel at Gooseberries; the staff treat everyone like a regular and there’s no need to vacate your table within seconds of finishing your last bite of breakfast. Am I the only one sick of crowds at breakfast?
I hope the locals won’t be too mad at me for introducing you all to the little beauty that is Gooseberries Cafe.78 Banksia Terrace, Kensington
Breakfast served Tues-Sun from 7am
Originally posted on WA Today on 20th June 2014