33 Ocean Falls Boulevard, Mindarie
Breakfast served 8.30 -11.30am
Andy and I have been very underwhelmed by what the Mindarie marina has to offer in the way of breakfast until now. The Waterfront Cafe is a relatively new addition to the marina and a very welcome one at that it seems. We decided to head there on a very windy Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago and found the cafe to be packed with a few free tables outside. We sat at one before noticing a table becoming free inside. We asked if we could sit there and the waitress quickly cleared the table for us. We were glad because the wind was blowing a gale outside!
The menu was comprehensive with the usual breakfast choices along with some other dishes that were at little less common but Andy (who is a Brit) commented they would be loved by the British ex-pats. It’s no secret that a lot of English people live in the northern suburbs and I really think they have put some thought into their menu and target market. You could easily say there is something on this menu for everyone! The prices ranged from $4 for toast up to $18.50 for steak and eggs which also comes with fried potato. Andy decided on the Big Breakfast – Bacon, pork sausage, two eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomato, baked beans, fried potato and toast ($18) and to keep the sweet series going I went with a choice that had the best of both worlds, the American Breakfast – Two pancakes, fresh fruit, grilled bacon and maple syrup ($15.50).
Anyone who hasn’t tried bacon with maple syrup is missing out. Had I not been dedicated to ordering something sweet I would have gone for a childhood favourite – Bubble and Squeak – Mashed potato, cabbage and onion cake, with pea puree and poached eggs ($14). We also both ordered a coffee and a milkshake.
There was also a kids menu with 6 choices all for $6.95. Even the fussiest of kids would find something they liked on this menu. There was eggs and soldiers, pancakes, fruit salad, bacon butty, egg on toast or a cheese toasty.
You have to order at the counter so I was surprised that our coffees still came out very quickly. The coffee (Bonissimo) was made with a nice creamy texture and was a good temperature. We both found the flavour was a bit on the lighter side.
Andy’s big breakfast was very good. The mushrooms were nice and meaty and the fried eggs were cooked perfectly. The potatoes were a nice change from hash browns and were crispy with a soft centre. Overall it was a fantastic breakfast.
The pancakes on my breakfast were light and fluffy and cooked well. I can’t stand having doughy pancakes! The bacon had a little too much fat on it for my liking but I cut it off and along with the maple syrup and pancakes it was delicious. I really liked having the fresh fruit on the plate, which I had afterwards. It was really refreshing.
The service at The Waterfront Cafe was excellent. Our coffees and meals came out quite quickly considering how busy they were and the waitstaff were all friendly and attentive. I would recommend making a booking for weekends, especially for bigger groups. Andy and I are slowly finding more and more good places for breakfast in the north and this place is another one to add to the list. This is the perfect place for a family breakfast in a lovely location overlooking the water.