Rifo’s Cafe19 November, 2009
Rifo’s Cafe – 933 Albany Hwy, East Vic Park
Breakfast Served All Day from 7pm, 7 Days a Week
Fully Licensed and BYO
Well it has been a long long time since I have been out for breakfast – my sister was my usual breakfast partner and she has moved to Port Hedland and any time I tried to arrange a weekend breakky/brunch with friends it failed because they are mostly messy booze hounds. (love you guys).
I finally made a pact with my friend Mr Peter Baby that we would go out on Sunday for breakky! We decided to drive to Vic Park and our first choice was closed (weird for a Sunday?) and then we saw Rifo’s Cafe. I knew of Rifo’s in Maylands, so I was keen to try this out. The cafe still has the same retro look and feel the Maylands one has but it’s a lot bigger inside.
We were seated quickly even though the cafe was very full with some large tables. Water glasses were placed on our table… no water. We were both starving and commented how delicious everything looked on the menu! They have all the standard breakfast fare as well as some not so mainstream items like Fillet Steak and Eggs (a bit roadhouse .. but I did consider it), which comes with tomato, roasted eggplant and capsicum and toast. Also the Slacker Sandwich seemed tempting, which was a continental roll filled with bacon, egg, cheese and BBQ sauce.
We thought the prices were a bit on the high side, especially when they are charging $25 for a big breakfast! Everything else was about $11-$16 on average.
Mr Peter Baby decided on the Eggs Benedict and a pot of tea, I chose to have a cappuccino and The Hippy Chick, which is your standard vegetarian “big breakfast” option with baked beans, spinach, toast, tomato, asparagus and hash browns. We also both ordered juices. The waitress told us that we had just ordered after the very large table so our FOOD would take about 20-25 mins. I thought that was good of her considering some places can just leave you to wait.
We were prepared to accept the wait on the food but we soon got annoyed when we realised our coffees and juices weren’t coming out in a hurry either. 20mins for drinks? Pathetic. I was watching the girl at the machine and I wasn’t seeing a lot of drinks being run from the counter. I had to ASK for some water to come to the table while we waited (remember we had glasses put on our table when we arrived). Eventually my juice came out.. then a couple of minutes later Mr Peter Baby’s juice came out. Another few minutes my luke warm, flavourless cappuccino was put in front of me… aaaaannnnnd a bit longer still – out came the pot of tea. I asked Mr Peter Baby how her tea was.. the comment was “it’s not hard to fuck up tea is it?”
Our meals came out and mine was almost stone cold except for the hashbrowns. The toast was like eating a piece of biltong and the spinach was soggy. The asparagus was cooked quite nicely though and I love heinz baked beans. Mr Peter Baby at first commented that her Eggs Benedict were nice until she actually realised that she should have ordered maybe some more eggs, sauce or muffin with the half a pig of ham they put on the plate. She did say the hollandaise sauce was nice though.
I don’t know whether it was a case of the large table that ordered before us somehow comprised our meal quality or the chef was having a bad day… but we were very unimpressed by our Rifo’s experience.
The wait staff were nice and friendly, the all day breakfast is a bonus and it was a beautiful day to go out for breakfast with my friend. Pity about the food!