It was one of those weekends where most people would see the weather and decide to stay in for vegemite on toast. Not me… I dragged Andy and George out in the storm for the purpose of yet another breakfast review. I think it paid off nicely with our visit to a little Subiaco cafe called Stimulatte.
There’s only a few tables inside, including a breakfast bar facing Hay street. There are also plenty of tables outside that are undercover. If the weather wasn’t so awful I would have sat outside – nothing like a spot of breakfast with a side of people watching!
They take their coffee seriously here. The Subi business crowd won’t stand for bad coffee! They use a Five Senses blend as their house coffee as well as Micrology single origins. There’s also a selection of healthy smoothies and juices such as the bullet smoothie – coffee, cacao, coconut oil and cayenne pepper. If that doesn’t ram open the eyelids, then I don’t know what will!
The seasonal menu leans vegan with some interesting dishes such as the king oyster mushroom “fried chicken” ($19.50) – yep mushrooms made to taste like delicious fried chook; or the very popular raspberry pancake with chocolate mousse, peanut praline and lemon balm. Omnivores needn’t worry. There’s eggs, bacon and REAL fried chicken on the menu too. Prices peak at $21.50 for either the Big Stim – eggs, bacon, Boston style navy beans, mushrooms, salsa verde and sourdough or the Big Vegan – mushrooms, salsa verde, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, lemon & herbs, greens, sesame and sourdough.
A wintery morning calls for porridge! Here you’ll get polenta porridge ($16) served with poached blueberries, acai, orange, meringue and lemon balm. The dollops of shiny acai and soft blueberries were great for stirring through. The segments of orange and lemon balm added tang.
This dish is a big tick for vegans. “What about the meringue?” I hear you say. It’s made from aquafaba. This is the thick water legumes have been cooked in. It behaves like egg whites and when sugar is added, it can be beaten into a meringue. It was crunchy and sweet; a great addition to this huge bowl of porridge.
Andy ordered the Boston style navy beans ($16). These were cooked in Micrology coffee, mixed with candied bacon and topped with a poached egg. There’s a vegan version too. Replace the bacon with candied mushroom and the egg with almond feta. The white navy beans had a sweet smokey flavour thanks to the candied bacon. There wasn’t a distinct coffee flavour but they were rich. A runny yolk from the poached egg was perfect for mixing through. This is a breakfast that will easily see you past lunch.
Stimulatte has recently started opening on Sundays – that means even more time to check out this Subi gem!
361 Hay Street, Subiaco
Breakfast served Mon to Fri 6.30am–3pm, Sat to Sun 7.30am–1pm