2 Quinns Rd, Mindarie
Breakfast served daily 8.30am – 11.30am
After Erric called in sick for our breakfast date I decided to take Andy for breakfast to satisfy my craving for a review. I felt like being near the water so I suggested we see if Portofinos was open for breakfast. There is both the restaurant and the cafe (both called Portofinos) on the beach here but the restaurant is generally open only for dinner and Sunday lunch. The cafe is in a great location right on Quinns Beach next to the caravan park. It’s strange that what was once a school holiday destination is now part of suburbia! In saying that the caravan park was full!
Andy and I got a table right at the window so we were over looking the beach. It really is a fantastic view! The menu is fairly basic with the usual meals making an appearance like pancakes, omelette, bacon eggs, etc. Prices range from $4 for muffins up to $19 for either the Big Breakfast (eggs, chipolatas, bacon, tomato & mushroom on toast) or the Breakfast Pizza (bbq sauce, bacon, eggs, sausage, garlic potatoes, onion, sun dried tomatoes). I chose to have the eggs Benedict ($18) which was served with asparagus and Andy decided on the Breakfast Pizza. We both ordered a coffee and a milkshake each.
The milkshakes were nice and cold which was perfect for this 37 degree day! The coffee (Dimattina beans) needed a lot of work. The milk was overheated leaving an almost solid crema crust on top of Andy’s flat white. Mine was quite bitter and as I drank it I discovered it was full of coffee grounds that had formed a silt at the bottom of the cup. Talking to my friends at Cafe 54/The Roastery – this suggests too finer grind or maybe the portafilters have not been kept clean. I think cafes should ask their coffee provider to give a free Barista lesson to their staff. Coffee really can make or break a breakfast.
The meals came out not long after the coffee which was good. Andy’s pizza looked amazing! It’s literally like a big breakfast on a pizza base. He said the spanish onion was cooked until soft as were the potatoes. He loved that the pizza had egg on it. It had a lot of flavour and the difference he liked was the use of BBQ sauce rather than tomato.
I always try the hollandaise sauce first when I order eggs benedict… this sauce was pretty good although it was missing the slight tang. It was still very creamy and buttery with a good amount of seasoning. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the muffins were slightly toasted so they were still soft.
What I found strange was that the cafe has beautiful decor and lovely staff but then after you order at the counter you have to get your cutlery from two plastic takeaway containers sitting on a ledge. PORTOFINOS PLEASE CHANGE THIS! I was actually a little disgusted at seeing it. At least wrap them in the napkins or something so I am not getting my cutlery out of the same old take away containers that 100 other people have put their grubby hands into.
In saying this, I am glad I am discovering great places like this north of the river. I think if Portofinos just tidy up a couple of things like the coffee and the cutlery situation then it would be perfect for a decent breakfast with an amazing view and friendly service.
I have added the label “kid friendly” because there is a wonderful playground that is part of the cafe but there is not kids menu for breakfast.