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T5 Espresso

11 March, 2011

Shop 10/115 Reid Promenade, Joondalup
http://www.t5espresso.com/
Breakfast served all day from 7am weekdays & 8.30am weekends

In a spontaneous decision Clive and I decided to treat ourselves and head out for breakfast (I am trying hard to save for a trip to Europe this year). We thought we would head to Joondalup and have a drive around there to see what was available. We stumbled across T5 Espresso and thought that it looked nice from the outside (I also sometimes buy wine based on the label) so we decided to give it a shot.

As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a friendly & bubbly waitperson that gave us some menus and said we could sit where we like. I was excited to see “All Day” on the breakfast menu. Finally, another all day breakfast place! The choices on the menu are fairly standard with choices like Eggs Benedict and Florentine, Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes and Bacon and Eggs. What I found interesting was that they had both a Full Breakfast (2 eggs, bacon with tomato and mushrooms served with Vienna Toast) and a T5 Big Breakfast (bacon, 2 eggs, tomato, sausage mushrooms, beans, hash brown served on a Vienna Toast). The prices were very reasonable, ranging from $4.95 for toast up to $18 for the T5 Big Breakfast. The Full Breakfast was only $14. Some places would serve that as their “Big Breakfast” and charge $19.95 for it!

Clive went up to the counter to order our coffees, a milkshake for me and he had the T5 Big Breakfast and I had Bacon and Eggs with hash browns as an extra. It didn’t take long for my milkshake to come out except that the cup was only ¾ full. The cup was rather large but maybe it could have been poured into a tall glass rather than left in the milkshake cup so you don’t feel like you aren’t getting a full cup. The coffees followed shortly after and Clive was happy with his little piece of latte art! The coffee was smooth but bit light on flavour and it had a perfect temperature.

The meals also came out promptly and now it was time for the big test – the poached eggs…. They were perfect – firm whites with warm runny yolk. It surprises me that poached eggs is something that I see many places get wrong. Clive’s fried eggs were also cooked nicely.

Clive and I both I liked that they use eye bacon instead of the whole strip. Although some people might prefer the whole middle slice so you get the “crispy” belly part as well as the eye. The big thick slices of toasted Vienna was nice and fresh, although I could only eat one slice.

Another great thing about T5 is that have a loyalty card… for breakfast! That’s right you can get aT5 Big Breakfast loyalty card – buy 5 get your 6th free.

According to their website T5 Espresso was a finalist in the 2009 WA Customer Service Council Awards and it’s not hard to see why. The people that work there are friendly and attentive, without being “in your face” and as a customer you just feel comfortable being there.

Clive and I both left T5’s feeling satisfied and happy. Also, we had found somewhere that far north of the river that was actually a good place to have breakfast.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous 11 March, 2011 at 10:35 am

    >You had me convinced until I saw the photos! Ewwwwww! Tinned baked beans and hashbrowns out of a freezer bag? No wonder it was so cheap!

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 11 March, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    >I personally don't think there is anything wrong with that so long as it tastes good! I have had "home made" beans that have tasted terrible. Also the good service is something that makes up for a lot. But that is your opinion and that's fine also :) thanks for the feedback.

  • Reply "Grendel" 11 March, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    >I'm quite happy for cafes to use pre-prepared items, in fact most do, so long as the quality is good and they are well served alongside the house specialty. Not all small cafes include a chef on the payroll and T5 is a family owned business so I imagine their resources extend to little beyond their family members (ahhh child labour…) For those of us in the northern suburbs it's existence is very welcome!

    I'm glad someone else has enjoyed their experience at T5!

  • Reply moe 12 March, 2011 at 4:44 am

    >Just a comment on your bacon critique:
    Eye bacon is also known as eye of loin, but i'm prepared to accept eye bacon. However, what you are referring to as 'rind' is not actually 'rind'
    Rind of bacon is the skin of the bacon, which is just a thin rind – these days it's nostly taken off the bacon before slicing and packaging.
    The long 'tail' of bacon, which is attached to the eye in some cases, is actually the belly meat, and has a higher fat content.

    I'm not saying you're right or wrong in enjoying one or the other, i'm just saying it's called belly bacon rather than rind. Rind is the pig skin – mmm crackling

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 12 March, 2011 at 6:36 am

    >Cheers for the explanation Moe. I have corrected the post. :)

    I also just looked here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon – is middle bacon the whole strip? The eye and the tail part?

  • Reply Blocker 29 March, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    >Hey Liz, another great little cafe in Joondalup for an all day Breakfast is 'Elroys' just up the road from T5. One problem they do have is they only open Monday to Friday but well worth a visit if in Joondalup durig the week. I am also a big fan of T5 and appreciate the fact that more Cafes far north (Joondalup) are working hard on service, coffee and food and over all doing a good job..

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 29 March, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    >Thanks for the suggestion! Will have the venture to that area again when I have a day off or something and check out Elroys. :)

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