8:30 am on a Saturday morning in Perth and you would think it would be quiet around town. We were planning on going to the new Gordon Street Garage Cafe which has magically appeared on Urbanspoon’s talk of the town section (poll position 2) but unfortunately or maybe even fortunately for us there was a line out the door and waiting was not a option we were going to entertain.
Our unexpected detour brought us to a nice little cafe at the foot of the tree lined Mount Street, also better known as a mecca for fitness lovers alike. Mums running with prams, extreme cyclists and fitness groups use Mount Street as part of a arduous routine consisting of Jacobs ladder, Mount Street and Kokoda Track. Do this routine a few days a week and your body will tone up! Anyhow back to coffee and food…..
Riverview on Mount Street is located on the ground floor of a small boutique hotel and it is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Although there was no line to be seen, it was pretty busy and we managed to find a few seats at the communal long table which interestingly was entirely made out of concrete.
The layout of the cafe is refreshingly open and with the lovely green trees on Mount Street you would not think that this place is in the city. Kings Park Botanical Gardens is up the road and St Georges Terrace is a skip and hop in the other direction. The patrons here are a mix of locals, people finishing up their morning exercise and hotel guests.
Our coffee orders were taken straight away whilst we looked over the breakfast menu. The breakfast menu is very simple with the exception of an Asian cuisine Chinese sausage dish. Sitting at the table we caught a glimpse of the river in between two apartment blocks, I am sure the hotel rooms above would have some great views.
Long Mac ($4.00) and Cappuccino ($4.00)
The french toast simply put – blew me away. It was served with berry compote, strawberries, stewed apple and a smooth vanilla cream. With only a few mouthfuls left I realised I had forgotten to offer a taste to Derek, instant fail on my behalf!
French Toast ($15.00)
Derek’s Salmon and Goats Feta dish was served with toast, poached eggs, sliced salmon and goats feta. The presentation of the dish was interesting, it appeared to be a ‘do it yourself’ thing which was a novelty to Derek. He proceeded to butter the toast, spread out the goats feta, layer the slices of salmon and top it all with the two poached eggs – all this combined in one mouthful was delicious. It was a first for us to try the combination of the goats feta and salmon and what a delectable combination at that.
The mushrooms in the bowl were a side order to the dish.
Salmon and Goats Feta ($18.00) with a side of Mushrooms ($3.50)
The start of Jacobs Ladder
Mount Street, one of the steepest hills you will find in the CBD of Perth
42 Mount Street
Takeaway coffee available
Paid parking during the week – $3.30 per hour (ouch!) Weekends – free!
Great for a morning coffee
Walking distance from Kings Park and St Georges Terrace or catch Bus 27 and hop off at Malcolm street, follow Cliff Street and Mount Street is to the left of the roundabout.
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