Harvest Espresso

10 January, 2013

In a sea of thoughtless “modern Australian” restaurants exists one of Vic Park’s newest additions – Harvest Espresso. This little gem, run by a dedicated husband and wife team, is a welcome addition to the ever improving Albany Hwy strip. It’s cosy and rustic inside; jars with dried wildflowers adorn the wooden tables and delicious looking pastries decorate the counter. I really liked the “natural” feel of the place and it seemed as if this cafe could be picked up and put in the middle of the bush and it wouldn’t look out of place.

I feel exhausted with choice when I pick up a menu that resembles one from a cheap northern suburbs chinese restaurant – too many options – one or two actually worth eating.  I really value a place that has a small, yet interesting menu. Harvest Espresso has just this; all the choices are enticing and what they do – they do it well.   Menu prices top out at $20 for the “Full Harvest” – eggs, bacon, grilled tomato, pure pork sausage, mushrooms, wilted spinach and toast. The options for toast go beyond “bread”, you can choose from sourdough, gluten free, multi grain, fruit toast, croissants or brioche.

Our Five Senses coffee was exceptional – a great coffee made by a great barista. It was at that perfect temperature where you could drink it straight away but you didn’t have to drink it quickly before it got cold. The flavour was rich and smooth. I now wish I had ordered a take away cup!

Jay and Marie both ordered the Harvest Spanish Baked Egg ($17). This was a combination of egg, chorizo, cabbage, tomatoes, cannellini beans, paprika and french baguette. There was certainly no scrimping on the good bits; it was packed with large pieces of chorizo and loads of beans.  The flavours were bold and the little fingers of cut baguette were perfect for mopping up the tasty, thick sauce. Both girls commented their eggs were cooked perfectly to order (Jay ordered hers hard, Marie – soft) and it was a deceivingly filling dish.

 Megs chose to start with a base of eggs on toast ($9) and added wilted spinach ($2) and mushrooms ($2). The spinach was blanched just enough that it still maintained colour, crunch and fresh flavour. The mushrooms were well seasoned and the eggs were poached with firm whites and soft runny yolks. Megs commented that it was nice to be able to pick multigrain bread instead of always having sourdough.

It’s hard to make an omelette look good on a plate, but it’s really all about what’s inside that eggy pouch that counts. The mushroom, capsicum, tomato, goats cheese omelette ($15) that Jess ordered had a perfect blend of fillings and no boring bits. Sometimes with this meal your have to eat though the plain egg edges to get to the good stuff in the middle – well not with this well put together omelette!

My dish of seasonal mushrooms with rocket, goats cheese and toasted brioche ($15) was a perfect marriage of flavour. The tartness of the goats cheese mixed with peppery rocket and pungent porcini, button and oyster mushrooms went so well with the sweet, fluffy brioche that I was disappointed when I had finished my meal. I thought it was brave to use brioche, usually considered a “sweet” bread, in this savoury dish but it worked… and it worked well.

All the staff at Harvest Espresso are friendly and chatty. They really make you feel at home and you get a sense that they actually care about what is being put in front of you. This is the kind of place you want to keep a secret but that would be unfair for everyone else to miss out on experiencing such a wonderful little cafe.

627 Albany Hwy, Vic Park
Breakfast served Tuesday – Sunday 7am – 4pm

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  • Reply harvest espresso 10 January, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you for a lovely positive review of our cafe!
    We’re so glad you all enjoyed it & look forward to seeing you again soon….

    • Reply Liz 10 January, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks for reading! The review should be on WA Today this morning. I will put the link on your facebook page!

  • Reply sarah Coopen 10 January, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Nice review about a great place i have been lucky enough to check out myself. i do have one question , as someone who i believe lives in the northern suburbs( i may be wrong) im curious as to why in this article and often comments on your twitter why you negatively talk so much about the northern suburbs? around joondalup in particular? Dont get me wrong your entitled to your opinion i just wonder why you would talk so negativly about a place you live in .. the cheap chinese takeaways your talking about , exist north, south and east of the city .. ? and sure we all talk jip about where we live and are honest about its down falls but it just seems over the top .?

    • Reply Liz 10 January, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks for reading Sarah. I live past Joondalup and I really miss having the options that are available closer to the city. Apart from a few places most are terrible. I have tried many.. searching for somewhere to prove me wrong. I wish that someone would open a decent cafe that makes great coffee up there! The reference to the cheap chinese was more about the menu type (you know.. a book). The places I do love in Joondalup are T5 Espresso and Lion Thai (best papaya salad – it even rivals S&T Cafe in Northbridge). There are a couple of new places opening in Quinns/Jindalee soon and I hope they are good!

  • Reply Lee Baston 10 January, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I was walking past this awesome little place the day it first opened and am so glad it’s a part of our ‘strip’. It is a little gem – honest, authentic and the locals are loving it…the Harvest Buzz is alive and well in town.
    What a great story and well done again to the Owners and staff!

    • Reply Liz 11 January, 2013 at 7:00 am

      I am so pleased that all these new places are opening up. It is so different along that strip from when I worked in the area years ago – I wish those places had existed so I could have gotten a decent cup of coffee!

  • Reply Kelly 20 January, 2013 at 3:47 am

    We have just had a delicious breakfast at Harvest Espressso, due to your fab review we read.
    We enjoyed wonderful service, perfect coffee, and the muesli pot was refreshing for such a hot day, and the banana bread with berry compote and mascoporne and pistacio crumb amazing! We’re looking forward to returning on a cooler day for the Spanish baked eggs which looked to be a fave with customers!
    The only downside was the cafe wasn’t big enough to fit all the hungry customers, as this Subday morning it was so busy and a few people had to wait for a seat!
    We’ll be back for sure, thanks for the great review which allures us to give Harvest Espresso a try!

    • Reply Liz 20 January, 2013 at 4:06 am

      I am so glad you liked it! On a day like today I think a “cold” breakfast is the way to go. :)

      Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Suzy 5 June, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Great review. I loved it also – read my review at:

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