Remember when Eighth ave in Maylands was a place you drove past but never stopped at? Old Perth road in Bassendean is just starting to come out of that phase like an awkward teen coming down the stairs looking beautiful on the night of her school formal. It’s starting with a few shops like Daisy and Rowe and a wonderful quirky cafe called To The Woods.
From the little forest scenes on the walls to the wooden rabbit table numbers, there is just so much to love about this place. You catch yourself smiling reading quotes on the blackboard or looking at little deer figurines and if you don’t smile at any of that you will at the cheery service that you receive from all the staff.
I stop in at this cafe sometimes before work to get a decent coffee. There’s only so much coffee you can handle that comes from a machine where you press “cappuccino” and you get half a cup of “gross”. I guess I am luckier than those who only get instant at work. So maybe I should shut up! Anyway – back To The Woods. They use Crema here and it’s top notch stuff. We really are spoilt for choice in Perth with our local roasters. Crema is one of my faves.
They use seasonal produce here so the menu will change accordingly. I did notice that they have a lot of sweet options and one dish I want to go back to try is the “Bonza Hazelnut Choc Croissant” ($14) – a croissant filled with ricotta, choc hazelnut spread, roasted hazelnuts and maple sautéed banana. My mouth just started watering typing that out! Prices range from $5 for banana bread up to $15 for the eggs benedict, spanish beans or the “dark rye special” – rye bread spread with ricotta and avocado, topped with lemon dressed rocket and a poached egg.
With the cold weather lately I have started favouring porridge for breakfast. And wow…. the porridge ($12) here was impressive. A creamy bowl of tummy warming oats topped with stewed rhubarb and apple was just what was needed on this fresh morning. It’s true what the old Uncle Tobys ad used to say – eating porridge really is like a hug from gran in her fleecy dressing gown.
My friend’s son Alex, who Andy and I were looking after on this morning, was desperate for pancakes…. so like any good baby sitters – we got him pancakes ($14). Served with ice cream, maple syrup and your choice of berry compote or banana this was no kids meal but as Alex proudly told the waitress – he IS five and half! The wee man did his best to get through it but of course I had to taste test myself to make sure it was ok for him to eat. The pancakes were fluffy and light and they didn’t scrimp on the maple syrup. There’s nothing worse than being left with dry pancakes at the end.
Andy’s spanish beans ($15) were a racy little number. A spicy yet rich homemade sauce enveloped chorizo, feta and a poached egg. The chorizo was a bit light on but the thick sauce was just right for mopping up with the sourdough.
It’s exciting to see Bassendean blossom. It’s not just the suburb that used to have The Big Day Out, it’s a suburb that is getting a new identity and Old Perth Road is where it is starting. On some Sunday’s they close the road down and hold a market – a great excuse to pick up some fresh produce or crafts and whilst visiting To The Woods when they open especially for the event. Being on the door step of the Swan Valley also makes this cafe a great stop before a day of wine tasting. Head east and venture To The Woods, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.9 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean
Breakfast served from 7am Mon-Fri & from 8am Saturdays.
Originally posted on WA Today – Friday 4th July