Slate Cafe is the Swan Valley’s newest addition and it’s offering something truly different to anywhere else in Perth. They have a playground for the kids AND the fur kids.
At the back of the cafe is a massive grassed area with both a nature play area and indoor playroom for the kiddies. There is a fenced off area for the dogs to run free, although many owners enjoy having their pooches sit next to their table.
There is plenty of space between the tables for prams and high chairs. For those who want a more cosy set up away from the grassed area, there are recycled pallet furniture booths that are great for a catch up over coffee and cake.
As well the usual range of coffee, they also offer matcha, chai and turmeric lattes. Five Senses supply the beans and as expected it makes for a good cuppa.
The all day menu leans savoury with a hint of Asian influence. It’s one of the more reasonably priced menus I have seen of late, with the top price being only $18 for either the big breakfast or the espresso mushrooms – sautéed mushrooms, double shot espresso reduction, crumbled feta, honey roasted walnuts served on sour dough toast. START THE CAR!
There is a kids menu, but at the time of my visit it only had lunch options on it. They have since added breakfast options.
I’m not one to turn down a dish with chilli in it. So the chilli prawn omelette ($17) had my name written all over it. A paper thin egg omelette was filled with large spicy juicy prawns, carrot and snow peas. Dressing the top were fried shallots and sweet potato crisps. The best part? The fresh cut chilli decorating the plate for some extra heat. There was just enough of the spicy yet sweet sauce so that the omelette wasn’t drowning in liquid. This was a breakfast dish for those who don’t mind trying something different to the usual smashed avo or bacon and eggs.
My friend Bromwyn went for the decadent French toast ($17). This dish is as pretty as a picture with its muscat spiced whole poached pear, seasonal berries, honey roasted oats, nuts and piped cream. The muscat flavour in the pear was subtle and it hadn’t been poached to within an inch of its life. Oats and nuts added crunch and the berries were a fresh touch to the light and fluffy eggy bread. All the flavours and textures were in harmony making this sweet dish a straight-up win.
Going for a more traditional option, Catharine ordered the eggs benedict ($17). Sour dough was topped with smoked ham, fresh baby spinach, dill hollandaise and crispy lap xuong (Chinese sausage). As far as eggs benedict goes, this dish was fairly standard. It was the chinese sausage that lifted it to another level. The salty yet sweet flavour gave it a little something extra.
The cafe is quite open, with a lot of tables exposed to the elements. It might be an idea to bring along a jumper or sun protection – depending on the day. However, they do provide sunscreen and have purchased cafe umbrellas ready for the summer.
Slate Cafe is a top pick for those who want a relaxing brekky where the kids and pets are kept entertained. Or it’s the perfect start to a day of wine tasting in our lovely Swan Valley!
12 Dulwich Street, Bennett Springs
Breakfast served Mon to Fri 7.30am–3pm (coffee from 7am), Sat to Sun 8am–4pm