So down this lane way off Barrack street (in between Top Hatters and Ali Baba’s hairdresser) amongst the graffiti murals is a place called Toastface Grillah. I have walked past this lane 1000 times and never thought anything worthwhile could live down there but this clever little place is adding to the trendy lane way action Perth has been seeing of late. Toastface is tiny inside with communal type seating outside. You find somewhere to park your bum and you squish in. It is weirdly NOT uncomfortable or invasive. You’re there like everyone else enjoying your toasted sandwich!
If you haven’t “got” the name reference yet – Ghostface Killah is a rapper originally a part of 90’s rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Pretty clever play on words if you ask me!
Toastface are using beans from Northbridge Coffee Roasters – that’s about as local as you can get! I love the takeaway cups “You’reF*ucking…Brilliant, Awesome, Delusional, Gross”. I needed a pen to tick my option! The coffee was brilliant. Smooth and creamy with a mild nutty flavour. I had just picked Andy up from the airport after he had come off nightshift, so this perfect cup of joe was very much needed.
As per the name, all these guys are pumping out are freshly made toasted sandwiches. There are eight different sandwiches to choose from with prices ranging from $5 for cheddar and vegemite up to $9 for with the Danny Zuccho (brie, zucchini, proscuitto) or the Pear Grillz (blue cheese, pear, lime chutney).
My Danny Zuccho was full of strong flavours. The brie was very obvious with the salty proscuitto balancing out the pungent tone. The slices of zucchini seemed a bit lost amongst it all but there were no complaints on the serving size here.
Andy ordered the Chilli Cheese ($7). A simple sandwich of cheddar, chilli and paprika. You could see the chilli flakes sprinkled on top of the bread with the paprika adding a punchy smokey flavour. It had just the right amount of heat that the taste of the cheese was not lost in flames.
Who would have thought that something every shopping centre cafe have been doing for years could become popular at this cooler than cool lane way hangout – it’s a bit gourmet without being obvious about it. With the cold weather upon us, nothing is more satisfying than a toasted sanger washed down with a “f*cking brilliant” coffee.Grand Lane (cnr Barrack St & Wellington St), Perth
Toasties served weekdays 7am – 4pm, Saturdays 8am – 4pm