On yet another scorching 40 degree day, Megs and I were on the hunt for somewhere air conditioned to serve us breakfast. We headed to Angelo St with the intent of going to to Gusto but they were closed, instead we went next door to Halo Espresso. It was really packed but we soon jumped on a table as two people were leaving – thank god. We didn’t fancy heading back out into the heat to try and find somewhere else! Inside is very spacious and clean. It doesn’t really have much ambience but I liked that the tables weren’t rammed in. It was a nice change from other places that have you sitting on each other’s laps.
As we walked in, I noticed a sign that said “Voted No 4 Coffee in Menu Mag”. The coffee used at Halo is their own roast with beans sourced mainly from South America and some from Africa. You can taste that the coffee is good. Very good in fact. Megs ordered a cappuccino and I ordered an ice coffee. I couldn’t bare a hot drink! They didn’t skimp on the good coffee in my drink either. It had a fresh, strong flavour. Megs commented that you could really taste the difference in this coffee, especially when it came to the freshness.
The menu is fairly basic and is surprisingly very well priced. In a city where we are paying up to $25 for a big breakfast at some places, I was both shocked and pleased to see Halo’s prices peak at $18.90 for the Halo Breakfast – eggs, sausage, bacon, garlic thyme mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and toast. There is also a kids menu where they can choose from pancakes or scrambled eggs for $7.50 or a toasted sandwich for $6.
Megs decided to go with a sweet option – Halo Pancakes ($14.90) which is served with bacon, creme fraiche and maple syrup. There was another choice of pancakes that were made with coconut milk and came with mango and lime salsa and yogurt. The serving was huge. Three thick pancakes layered with bacon, swimming in syrup and topped with a big spoonful of creme fraiche. Initially Megs enjoyed the flavour but after a couple of bites it got sickly. There was SO much syrup. The pancakes were overcooked or recooked. She struggled to get her knife through them; they were solid in the middle – like a stale biscuit. Very fatty bacon only added to the disappointment of this dish. I’m also not sure about the parsley garnish on a sweet dish?
I opted for the vegetarian breakfast ($16.90) – eggs, garlic thyme mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, buttered spinach and homemade beans with toast. When I ordered I was told there were no beans left and it was being substituted with avocado. I didn’t mind because I love avocado and I really ordered the dish for the mushrooms anyway. Well…. they were disappointing. The mushrooms were soggy and had zero flavour of garlic or thyme. Also there was no visual evidence of either being cooked with the mushrooms. They tasted like plain pan sautéed mushrooms. The spinach was buttery but was verging on too oily. Cherry tomatoes were roasted until soft and sweet and the scrambled eggs were cooked well but were not seasoned. As a whole this dish lacked flavour. It was merely just “stuff” thoughtlessly put on a plate and I was disappointed with it.
One saving grace for Halo Espresso is that the service is very friendly and fast. Go for the coffee but don’t stay for the food.82 Angelo St, South Perth
Breakfast served weekdays 6.30am – 12pm, weekends 7am – 12pm