178 Whatley Cres (cnr 8th Ave)
Breakfast served 8am – 11.30am
BYO with no corkage fee
Mrs. S Cafe is one of the newest additions to the revamped Eighth Ave area in Maylands… and what an addition she is! For this breakfast outing I was joined by Suzie Sparkles (who is sadly leaving us for Melbourne), Shirley Adams, Lady Tango and a newie – Black Cat. Suzie Sparkles and I were running a tad late and as we walked into the quaint cafe we had a feeling of, as described by Suzie, “an ambiance of laid back charm and fairytale cuteness’s where your visit is an experience”.
The others had already grabbed a table near the air conditioner, which was needed as it was a bit of a hot box inside this day! Shirley Adams said after a quick chat and a couple of minutes the staff had sorted a table of 5. If anyone grew up with the “Little Golden” books then the menus at Mrs. S will take you back to your childhood. They are pegged inside these idyllic books and everything on there looks equally delicious and homely. The prices range from $4.50 for toast with homemade jam up to $21.50 for the Big Breakfast (eggs, toast, bacon, chipolatas, tomato and mushrooms). I think this is a little on the high end for what I would pay for a big brekky but it’s not the most I have seen. The average price is around $14-$15 with a good selection under that price as well. There are some great little gems on the menu such as homemade crumpets with strawberries and banana or the coconut bread with citrus curd and fresh fruit or even “Granny Junes Cornbread” with bacon, poached egg and maple syrup.
When we went to order there was a queue for the till but surprisingly this moved quickly. I believe it was Mrs. S who took our orders! We all ordered coffees and here is the running sheet for brekky – Shirley Adams had the big breakfast; I ordered the avocado, olive tapenade, feta & slow roasted tomato on rye toast; Lady Tango and Suzie Sparkles both ordered poached egg on toast which came with a tomato relish, Black Cat had poached eggs, mushrooms, danish feta and rocket on Turkish bread with the optional extra of bacon.
When we got our coffees all of us were pretty much speechless. They were amazing. Black Cat said it was the best coffee she has had in a long time and Shirley Adams agreed saying “it was smooth without being milky, it as divine”. It really was so creamy all the way through and full of flavour.
Our meals came out quite quickly and we were all “Wow’ing” as each plate was set down. The serving sizes were decent but not over the top. I started my meal and I really enjoyed the rye with the olive tapenade, also the beetroot leaves added a touch of sweetness (plus I love beetroot) to the olive flavour. It could have done with a tad more feta but that is only because I can eat the stuff by the truck load!
Black Cat made the same comment about the feta on her meal, but she is also a feta fan! Black Cat also mentioned that the breakfast was enough as a meal that she didn’t eat again until later that afternoon!
Lady Tango was in love with the tomato relish saying it was “packed with flavour”. Her eggs were also cooked perfectly. Something so simple yet many places can’t get that right!
Here is a word from Suzie Sparkles on her breakfast,
“My tummy was rumbling for some eggy goodness so I ordered the poached eggs on toast which came with a delicious relish. The eggs were done to perfection with the yolk nice and runny, something that we have found missing at other places. The serving size was spot on and for the first time, possibly ever, I finished everything on my plate. I was happily full without being stuffed. All round it was a great morning with yummy food, lots of laughter, and most importantly good friends.”
…and now from Shirley Adams,
“I got the obligatory big breakfast which was done well, the bacon and field mushroom were awesome and the chicken chipolatas were a nice surprise. I got the eggs scrambled but they were a bit omelletty for my liking but also good. Due to being a thirsty girl I ordered a freshly made apple juice which was great and another coffee. All in all a great brekky and will be back soon. My only issue is if it was a scorcher of a day we would melt in there.
Oh and try the cakes and pastries! I got a rosewater meringue to take away and it was delicious! Everything else looked yummy too!”
We all agreed the service was fantastic despite how busy it was. I think Lady Tango sums it up the experience, “The food came out so quick considering how busy they were and they were really attentive and made sure we always had water. They also cleared what ever empty drinks they could from our table as soon as we were done with them.”
Lady Tango and Suzie Sparkles both commented that they’ll be back to try more of the homemade foods! I’ll definitely be there to join them!