The Kiosk is the newest addition to the ever changing face of the Maylands area and with parents like Justin & Christine Peters and a sister called West End Deli – there is no doubt that this place is going to be kicking goals to make them proud. From the outside she doesn’t look much but inside the decor is almost art deco, which is defined by an old gold trim buffet housing the most delicious looking cakes and slices.
After going for a hunger inducing walk along the river, Emma and I were excited to see what The Kiosk had to offer. As soon as we walked in we were greeted with a friendly smile from the barista and it wasn’t long before the waitress came and brought us water and took our coffee orders.
The coffee used is from Vittoria and I was surprised at how nice it was. In a world where the trendiest cafes are all using beans from local roasters, I forget that this old stalwart can still make a decent cup at the hands of an experienced barista. The texture was creamy, the temperature just right and the flavour smooth.
The menu has both breakfast and brunch options, both which are served all day. The prices range from $7 for home made baguette, brioche or fruit toast up to $14 for the brioche croque madame. (The more “lunch” style food goes up to $19). There is decent range of interesting sides like bacon and apple hash or black bean cassoulet with pork, sour cream and chives for $8 or you can pair any side with a baguette for $12. I liked this concept and it seemed like breakfast was made cheaper. I saw a lot of people eating the house made banana bread with Nutella and marshmallow fluff ($9), which looked very tempting and I was about to order it when my eyes were drawn to the side dish of mushrooms with blue cheese and thyme. I can never pass on a delicious pungent cheese so I decided on this with the baguette and Emma chose the roasted tomatoes and goats cheese side with a baguette. Emma had to substitute the cheese for spinach and the staff were very accommodating. In fact, the service as a whole was fantastic. It was friendly, helpful and quick. The barista even helped me get some good shots of the cakes when I was leaving!
The mushrooms were so good that I am even going to say they rival the creamy mushrooms at The Dizzy Witch. The flavours were in perfect harmony. There was just enough blue cheese to know it was there and the mushrooms were firm and juicy. For crunch and texture the dish was adorned with olive oil toasted bread crumbs and the baguette was as fresh as the warm Sunday breeze.
Emma’s roasted tomatoes were sweet and soft and were perfect to spread along the slices of baguette. Everything at The Kiosk screams freshly picked, freshly baked and freshly made and this dish was no exception no matter how simple it was.
The cafe is a little hard to see from the road, so you need to walk into the middle of the grounds of the civic centre. You wouldn’t even know you are sitting metres away from busy Guildford road as the hedges and amphitheatre steps offer shelter from the noise. There is a large grass area outside meaning there is plenty of room for the kids to run around under the watchful eye of the parents. You can even do a little star spotting at The Kiosk… Masterchef contestant Wade Drummond has started working in the kitchen!
I am so excited that The Kiosk has arrived and was recommended to me. It’s the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or brunch and the food is typical of the quality and ideas Justin Peters can produce. I hope I haven’t spoilt this new little secret too much for the locals – but this place is a definite must try!
The Rise, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands (inside Civic Centre on Guildford Rd, enter off 9th Ave)