“Have you been to Hylin?” This is what has been said to me probably every second day since this place threw open it’s doors and fancy bifold windows. Well now I finally have.
My sister Sarah and I rocked up at 8am to be greeted by a line.. A LINE AT 8AM! I thought “oh my god…” I hate lining up for breakfast, which is why I tend to go out quite early. We must have just hit that point where the after gym/walk around Lake Monger crowd had descended upon West Leedy. By 9am there were tables free again – so cool your jets sleeper innerers! Luckily we spotted some seats at the breakfast bar and headed for them, only to have a couple of generous ladies quickly finish the last of their coffees and offer up their table. Hylin was already bringing out the best in people.
Coffee here is by local independent roaster, Micrology. All the serious coffee drinkers in town will seek out this roast, as the places that serve it will know the exact bean you need for the best flat white, espresso, macchiato or whatever brew opens your eyelids in the morning. If you want one of the best coffee’s in town – Hylin is a place to become acquainted with.
The menu is short and uncomplicated but they have still managed to offer the egg option, the cereal option, toast etc. All bases are covered, including gluten free! Prices range from $5 for toast up to a low $16.50 for the spanish beans. There is a decent range of sides on the menu, which could easily turn your eggs on toast ($10.50) into a whopping big breakfast.
After just coming back from a work trip to Karratha and Port Hedland, I felt like something fresh and healthy. Not saying there isn’t healthy food up there…but I don’t make the healthiest choices when I am on a site! Muesli with fresh fruit and yogurt ($9) had my name written all over it. They get this stuff from local business Prospect Project, where owner Shannon puts her heart and soul into making food that is good for YOUR soul. This bowl of goodness was all about the nuts, seeds and dried fruit; you know… the stuff that works from the inside out but still tastes like a bowl of something you don’t want to end. If you love the muesli as much as I did, they are selling bags of it at the counter (along with some other Prospect Project treats) or you can buy it from The Prospect Project’s online shop.
Sarah wanted the Spanish beans AND bacon. She didn’t want to seem like total glutton, so she asked if I would share the bacon. I mean I guess I had to balance out the healthy muesli with something right? A side of Elmar’s thick cut bacon will set you back $5 and these two slabs of smokey, tender porcine were worth every cent. The Spanish beans came loaded with chorizo and topped with a couple of plump poached ones. Between bites of bread topped with sauce, Sarah said something about the beans being “REALLY GOOD”. I had a cheeky taste and the flavour was good enough to make you want to lick the bowl! The gluten free bread she ordered wasn’t like a chux sponge, it was actually still crusty like the non-special needs eaters would have gotten.
There must be some good feng shui in this place. Everyone was happy and friendly… and this includes the staff.
Hylin is definitely one to check out and I have already been back again for a coffee and a sweet treat.. and I had to go out of my way on my trip to the office to get it. I don’t just do that for any old café….178 Railway Pde, West Leederville
Breakfast served Monday – Friday 6.30am – 11.30am & All Day Saturdays.