One my favourite cafes, The Dizzy Witch, closed down last year. My friend Rachael also loved it there and we wondered what would replace it. Thankfully we have not been disappointed with new kid at the courts – Layup.
The re-dec looks great… lots of natural light with wood vs black decor and furniture giving the perfect contrast.
Coffee is by award winning Blacklist Coffee Roasters and as you can imagine, it makes a very decent cuppa. I really love seeing these small batch roasters pop up around the place more and more. Go Perth!
The all day menu is perfect for any meal from breakfast through to lunch or do we just call the whole thing “brunch”? There’s some pretty sophisticated dishes on there too – something like brioche with grilled banana, maple syrup, salted caramel, vanilla ice-cream and milk crumb ($18) would be just as much at home on a fine dining menu as it is at this Northbridge cafe. Prices range from $7 for toast (no gluten free surcharge!) up to $23 for the big breakfast – cumberland sausage, rosti, bacon, fried egg, roasted tomato.
Rachael is a mushroom fiend and soon homed in on the sauteed mushrooms ($18). Served with cauliflower puree, kale, pine nuts, slow eggs and sour dough, this was a well executed dish. The puree was buttery and creamy; a perfect match for those stunning slow eggs. I just love seeing slow eggs on the menu – you’re pretty much guaranteed glorious runny yolks. Kale was lightly sauteed with the mushrooms and pine nuts sprinkled on top added crunch. A bit more of a selection of mushrooms would have added a little something extra to this dish.
The word “jalopeno” stood out to me like shining light and so the guacamole and pica de gallo ($16) had my name written all over it. Served with smoked corn and jalopeno custard this was a fresh dish that complemented the warm morning. The charred sourdough was still soft, which meant I kept the roof of my mouth intact! Jalopeno custard had tang and heat all in one with the pica de gallo having just the right balance of onion – in that I didn’t leave feeling like I could star in a chewing gum commercial for onion breath. I added bacon for $4 and these slices of piggy were smokey and tender.
The service here is very attentive. We got asked more than several times if our coffee orders were taken – is that attentiveness or lack of coordination between the waitstaff? We didn’t mind either way as I like to drink my first coffee like a shooter and then order a second.
Layup is a cafe that the earlier birds and sleeper innerers should all be adding to their list to visit. As for that brioche dish I mentioned earlier – I’ll be heading back for that soon!
197 Brisbane St, Northbridge
Breakfast served Tues – Sun 7am – 4pm