A cafe on busy Canning Highway can be anything but relaxed and enjoyable right? With upbeat jazz bouncing out of the speakers and the wooshes and banging of top quality coffee being made – Sprolo takes you away from the cars crawling by only metres from the door.
The seating seems to be about saving space, with metal stools being the go. There are a couple of couches at the window if you are lucky enough to nab them, tables and a huge communal bench in the middle. There’s no point being shy – grab a seat!
It’s all about the coffee at Sprolo and they roast their own under the name Blacklist Coffee Roasters. You don’t just order a “flat white” here. You can pick your coffee and brew method or have a tasting with your choice as an espresso with a flat white or long black. I chose the flat white + espresso option with the Colombian beans. It’s served with a shot of sparkling water to refresh the palate in between. Yes, you will need it. The espresso will blow your hair back farther than the receding hairline of a 50-something IT nerd with a pony tail. The Colombian coffee I chose was strong and acidic. With the milk, it became more caramel-like and was a top notch drink.
The asian inspired menu is quite extensive for a cafe with no real kitchen but they have been smart with their choices. Everything can be easily pre-prepared or made by a short order cook. That’s not to say it’s all going to be a variation of a toasted focaccia drier than a Mick Malthouse press conference. Instead the food is well thought out, and having a sous vide machine with a swag of creamy eggs ready to go is just brilliant.
Prices range from $5 for toast up to $16 for a smoked salmon bagel and the kids menu consists of a couple of toasties ranging in prices from $7.50 – $9.50. For those who like to take the tots out to cafes other than Dome, there is nothing more welcoming than a place with a kids corner decked out with a massive chalk board and pile of toys. Nice work Sprolo on keeping the parents happy and content with happy and content kids.
Much to my husband’s annoyance, I declared early on that I was having the traditional Singaporean breakfast ($12). I had seen plenty of people post about this dish and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Two sous vide eggs are served with toast, butter and house made kaya jam. If you have never heard of kaya and you think you would love something that tastes like coconut flavoured condensed milk (you’re lying if you say you don’t).. then you need to immediately try this stuff. It’s like breakfast crack… I couldn’t get enough of it! The trick with this breakfast is to layer the butter and kaya on the toast, put a dash of white pepper and soy on the eggs, then dip that sweet salty delicious toast in the creamy yolks. I loved that little plastic bottles of soy and white pepper were brought out in a tiny plastic basket. Some might think it looks cheap and nasty but I think it gave it a “hawkers market” feel amongst the modern setting of the cafe.
I cannot embrace seafood in the morning; it doesn’t go with toothpaste taste. But they say opposites attract and guess what Andy loves for breakfast – smoked salmon. His bagel ($16) was anything but a few slices of orange slimy smoked fish with cream cheese on a bun. It was fresh, bright salmon with a coriander cream cheese topped with a Japanese cucumber salad. Whilst the bagel could have done with a touch more toasting, the cucumber salad was the little shining star here. Made with seaweed, rice vinegar and sesame, it added crunch and zing to the bagel.
The best part about a simple menu is how fast the food comes out. I can see why this cafe is popular with people on their way to work. Although that doesn’t excuse the douchebaggery of someone listening to their voicemail on speaker phone in a cafe a couple of tables away. People… just don’t do that. EVER.
Parking is super easy with a large parking block next to the cafe or plenty of street parking off Douglas Avenue. So now there is no excuse not to head over to Sprolo for a taste of coffee roasted in-house and a breakfast that has made “simple” interesting.
If you’ve been wondering this whole time where the name “Sprolo” comes from – Espresso + YOLO = Sprolo. So there you go.138 Canning Hwy, South Perth
Breakfast served Mon-Fri 7am – 2.30pm , Saturday 8am – 2.30pm, Sunday 8am – 1.30pm
Originally published on WA Today on Friday 29th May 2015