I have been following the development of this brand new beach side cafe on Instagram for a while now; waiting with bated breath for it’s opening. How could I not be excited about a cafe being opened by the previous owners of the Angove Street favourite – Metrio & Co!
City Beach has been transformed by the opening of Odyssea. A restaurant as beautiful as the beach, with plenty of seating inside and even more outside. They know people want to see that view!
When we arrived the place was heaving. We had to put our name down for a table AND a highchair as they were all in use. We didn’t have to wait long to be shown to our seat and I felt like we had won the lotto with this table – we were on the balcony’s edge with a view of the breathtaking turquoise ocean of City Beach.
As well as a couple of boozy breakfast drinks, we also ordered our coffees. The bellini and bloody mary came out first but the coffee didn’t come out until after the breakfast. I feel it should always be coffee before breakfast! The coffee was fantastic though, as it always is where Fiori beans are used.
The menu is as fresh as the ocean air with a good balance of sweet and savoury dishes that are pretty cutting dge. I mean, goats cheese semifreddo for breakfast? Genius! The top price you’ll pay here is $22 for the Tasmanian salmon, crunchy potato & kale hash, béarnaise and toasted quinoa. I think that is VERY reasonable pricing considering the location. There are places up the coast charging in excess of $25 for breakfast.
There’s also a kids menu on offer with a choice of egg and soldiers, fruit salad or scrambled eggs and bacon for $8.50.
My sister Sarah ordered the avocado and grilled haloumi on house baked gluten free bread ($18). There was no scrimping on the good stuff here, with a big generous slab of the squeaky cheese laying melted over the charred bread. A tangle of rocket and roasted truss tomatoes adorned this dish, while a rich, red chimichurri sauce gave it that killer punch.
Andy is a French toast fanatic. When he’s home from site, I know I am getting delicious eggy bread with bacon cooked for me! So it makes sense that when we’re out, he wants someone else to cook it for him. This was French toast ($18) with a difference. Sweet brioche like bread soaked with syrup and a sticky roasted banana wrapped in salty pancetta was an interesting take on the traditional bacon and maple syrup style breakfasts you see around the traps. And you know what? It worked. This was gem of a dish. Don’t be fooled by it’s size – it was more filling than it first looked.
My summer bean salad ($17) was a fresh tasting delight. Batons of green string beans were mixed with white beans, thick cubes of smoky bacon, cherry tomatoes and peas. A sprinkling of torn mint and basil added to the chorus of flavour with a hit of spice in there for good measure. A creamy slow poached egg was just the ticket for binding it all together to scoop on top of the sourdough toast.
The service was still “new”, which I am sure will smooth out with a little more time. The staff were eager to please and there was plenty of them around to help.
It’s places like Odyssea that are taking beach side dining in this city to the next level. This would have to be one of the top places in Perth to have breakfast on the beach. I can’t wait to go back!
187 Challenger Pde, City Beach
Breakfast served daily 7am – 11am