Trigg Island Cafe

16 August, 2010


360 West Coast Drive, Trigg
Breakfast served 8.30am – 10.30am Weekdays, 8.00am – 10.30am Weekends
Fully Licensed

During the week Coolio Ma-Cha-Cha and I decided to try Trigg Island Cafe for breakfast on Saturday. We even conscientiously made a booking! Making her first appearance in one of my reviews is Tippy La Rouge who loves going to Source Foods in Highgate regularly for breakfast and is an expert on coffees made with soy milk – something I don’t know anything about.

We arrived at the cafe and we were seated right by the window so we could appreciate the beautiful view of the ocean dotted with surfers. The abundance of windows and split levels means that everyone can enjoy this view no matter where you were seated. There is also a lot of natural light and the cafe has a fresh and open feel to it.

A friendly waitress was at our table rather quickly to take our coffee orders and bring water over. Coolio and I ordered cappuccinos and Tippy La Rouge ordered a soy flat white.

We started to discuss the menu and Coolio was torn between sweet or savoury and we got lost in a bit of a conversation about having a dessert menu for breakfasts! How fantastic would that be? The menu is quite simple at Trigg Island Cafe with the standard breakfast options like a full breakfast, eggs Benedict, pancakes and muesli. The prices range from $5 for muffins or scones up to $20.50 for the Beach Breakfast – Poached or fried eggs, chipolatas, tomato, bacon and hash brown. I thought this was a little on the high side. I have noticed that $18-$19 is average for a big breakfast around Perth.

I ordered the Beach Breakfast, Coolio ordered Eggs Benedict and Tippy La Rouge ordered the Sunshine Start (poached) which is eggs on toast.

When the coffees came out, mine was served in a Vittoria cup and my heart sunk a little. I think this is like the “international roast” of coffee beans… or maybe there aren’t many baristas that can get the best out of these coffee beans? This is just my opinion – feel free to shoot me down! My coffee was at a good temperature but it a little on the bitter side. I asked Tippy La Rouge about the soy flat white and she said it was a really well made coffee. She said that soy foams up a lot easier than cows milk and you sometimes get a coffee which is all foam and no milk. Coolio said “I thought my coffee was nice, nothing special but a good temperature.”

Our meals came out and I was a little perplexed at the shape of the poached eggs, which appeared to have been poached in pods. Never the less my eggs were still cooked beautifully and were nice and runny. The serve was a very decent size as well with the bacon cooked slightly crispy – just how I like it!

Tippy La Rouge said that after seeing the eggs she started with a bit of a negative attitude towards the meal but was pleasantly surprised and how nicely the eggs were cooked and in the end was really happy with her meal.

As per usual Coolio Ma-Cha-Cha submits her own review to me and here is what she said,

“I was a little torn between the eggs benedict and the big breakfast but couldn’t resist the lure of hollandaise so went with the bene. One reason I was torn was the price $19 seemed a bit steep but not a deal breaker so long as I wasn’t left still hungry.

No fear of that I saw when my meal arrived, poached eggs and ham served on two huge slabs of thick cut fresh toast. The hollandaise was a little too buttery without the nice tang but still delicious (anything with that much butter is going to taste good), I was a little disappointed in my eggs as they had been poached using pods so had that “maccas mcmuffin” look about them I think if I am paying near enough to $20 for breakfast my eggs should be poached by hand but it’s a small quibble and they tasted great. I definitely left satisfied and was thrilled to spend the morning by the beach. I also thought the service was excellent.”

I have to agree with Coolio, the service was excellent and our waitress was very friendly without being annoying and attentive. The view also makes a visit to this cafe definitely worthwhile. A few improvements could be made and I think a place like this survives on its location more than the food being served. We had no major complaints but it didn’t blow me away. Definitely a great cafe for a casual breakky after a walk along the beach.

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  • Reply DB 16 August, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    >IF you are looking for cafes that do Vittoria coffee really good, you should try Tarts Cafe in Northbridge, Etro Bistro in King St, Scutti's in South Perth, Tiamo in Nedlands just to name a few.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 16 August, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    >Thanks for the comments. Agreed about Tarts. That was one of the first places I reviewed and also made the comment that they do Vittorias well.

  • Reply Conor @ Hold the Beef 19 August, 2010 at 10:31 am

    >The teeny tiny cucumber & tomato wedge garnish looks so ridiculous next to the gigantic bread, but at least the round cucumber matches the eggs 😉

  • Reply Anonymous 14 January, 2011 at 6:56 am

    >Trigg island cafe outdoor bar made us the weakest coffee I had ever tasted.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 17 January, 2011 at 8:52 am

    >I hate when that happens! Is that the first time you have had coffee there?

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