One of the best things about living in Perth is how great the coast is on a warm clear morning and there is nothing better than getting to have breakfast whilst looking out at that beautiful blue ocean. Soda Sunlounge (not be confused with sister Soda Cafe) is a place where you can go and do just this. It has an unobstructed view from its elevate vantage point and there is plenty of seating out on the balcony or if you prefer a more “lounge” type setting – inside
After going for a decent walk, Jess and I walked into Soda Sunlounge and asked for a table. We were abruptly told that there were “obviously no seats outside” so we had to sit inside but not where there was a reserved sign (obviously). We picked a nice “loungey” table next to the big floor to ceiling windows – no reserve sign. No sooner than we were comfy, the waitress came rushing over and told us that she meant we could sit at any table that wasn’t set. Weird. So we moved to a bench style table – that wasn’t set. We still had a good view but the whole seating experience made us feel like an inconvenience.
When someone came back to the table we both ordered a coffee. I ordered a cappuccino and Jess ordered a chai latte with an extra espresso shot. I also ordered a freshly squeezed juice which was really refreshing. The coffee used is Grinders. It was a good temperature but was lacking any sort of distinctive flavour.
The menu is short and would suit either breakfast or brunch. Prices range from $6.50 for grilled New Norcia fruit toast up to $19 for eggs benedict or scrambled eggs with bacon or field mushroom and tomato. We took a while to decide as all the choices sounded delicious. There was a good selection of sweet and savoury including Churros with icecream! ($14). I picked the sweet corn, asparagus & fetta frittata with pesto ($18) and Jess chose the potato rosti, chipotle salsa and goats curd ($12) after a recommendation from the waiter.
My frittata was quite eggy. I expect a frittata to be held together by the egg and full of the filling throughout. However, it was still very tasty and seasoned well. The corn had sunk to the bottom but it was sweet and the asparagus added crunch along with the side salad of peppery rocket.
Jess’s rosti was impressive! It was a very large serve! The rosti was golden and crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. Again – the chef had gotten the seasoning right on this dish. The salsa was a welcome addition to add a complexity to the dish but the ratio of salsa to potato rosti was a bit off. Maybe more salsa, less rosti would have been better.
The service at Soda Sunlounge is slow and moody but the food is ok – when you finally get it. We had to ask after our meals as we noticed people who came after us were getting their food before us. The place does have a chilled ambiance about it. It feels like you could be eating a restaurant in Spain – overlooking the water whilst Cafe del Mar CDs play in the background. But we aren’t in Spain, we are in Perth…. and Soda Sunlounge is in our own backyard.
Upstairs, cnr North Beach Rd & West Coast Drive, North Beach
Breakfast served weekends and public holidays – 9am – 12pm
First posted on WA Today - 2nd Nov 2012