I have been keeping an eye on La Farmacia for while through Instagram and after their opening in March I was keen to pay this new Doubleview café a visit. Driving out towards Scarborough, you can blink and almost miss this place sitting amongst a row of little local shops. Once inside though, it’s easy to forget you are metres away from busy Scarborough Beach Rd.
The blue art deco theme is something different to the current trend of mod-industrial or whatever you call that style around at the moment of galvanised steel and milk crates. It’s quite “beachy” in fact… in a way that I could imagine pulling up in a Sandman panel van after a swim at Scabs and getting a milkshake. The seating here is more suited to singles and pairs with a few small tables but there is plenty of bar style seating available.
One of my fave local coffee labels is used here – Pound Coffee. I have never had a bad cup of this liquid gold and the barista here sure knew how to treat this beauty right. On both visits the coffee was AMA-ZING… as in order several cups AND a takeaway “amazing”.
The all day menu is a good balance between breakfast and brunch with prices ranging from $4 for fresh baked muffins up to $17.50 for spiced carrot fritters with poached eggs. They also have a daily specials board for lunch if you’re not too keen on breakfasty foods after toothpaste taste has gone. The menu changes regularly and there is a definite air of freshness about all the meals. You won’t see stodge, stodge and more stodge here.
As a side note – I visited La Farmacia twice as the first visit didn’t go so great. Someone hadn’t shown up for work in the kitchen and I am sure we can all appreciate what sort of chaos that causes.
Spice carrot fritters ($13.50) came with tahini yogurt dressing and for another $4 a couple of poached eggs. Although impressive in colour, the fritters could have done with a bit longer on the heat just to give them a crispy edge and a bit more warmth in the middle. Packed with mustard seeds, they were were a contrast of sharpness and sweetness with the rocket salad adding a splash of pepperiness. The poached eggs were the star. They almost looked like 65 degree eggs as they had that satisfying “pop” as you cut through the yolk to watch it ooze out over the fritters.
Sarah ordered eggs benny ($16.50) without bread (as they didn’t have gluten free). Usually this would come looking like eggs benedict… just without the toast. What Sarah got was more of a deconstructed eggs benedict with no hollandaise. We asked for the sauce and I asked the staff member why it had come served like that. She explained the issue with the kitchen and apologised. Despite all this, I will give the chef credit for still being able to produce amazing poached eggs whilst understaffed. Sarah was offered a gluten free gingerbread man as an apology.
The home made baked beans ($15.50) I had on my second visit made me breathe a sigh of relief. A piping hot dish of cannellini beans in a tomato sugo was cooked out to that perfect point where there was a natural sweetness from the roma tomatoes. Topped with paper thin crispy prosciutto and an egg, the chef had mastered the “baked egg” with its runny yolk and firm white forming a nice seal over the beans. The Italian ficelle bread was a great mop for this racy dish, so don’t be ashamed of piling on some tasty beans and enjoying this dish the way it was meant to be.
I am glad I returned for a second visit. Café’s make mistakes but it is how the recover from it that counts. They didn’t have to offer us a gingerbread man as an apology and they didn’t have to admit to the issue in the kitchen… but they did and this shows they are honest and care about their customers.
When I break it down – they served top quality coffee, perfect poached eggs and on the second visit I could not fault them. Oh… did I mention they serve breakfast before 7am on weekdays – why not stop in on your way to work? I am yet to find somewhere decent in the city that is serving breakfast before this time – prove me wrong Perth!225a Scarborough Beach Rd, Doubleview
Breakfast served from 6am Mon-Fri & from 7.30am on weekends