I have a ‘must visit ’ list in my Google calendar and for months now Tuck Shop Cafe, Pie-House and Delicatessen has been ignored for the sole reason that I know no matter what time of the day I intend on going, there will be a guaranteed queue of people. Yes! That is how popular this simple Northbridge cafe is, it has a steady trail of followers and everyday new people are walking through the doors of this current number one Perth eatery on Urbanspoon.com.
The ability to excite people through food and coffee is not an easy task but I think the Tuck Shop Cafe has nailed it! We made the commitment to finally visit the cafe but failed to notice how hot it was that day until we were hanging around outside waiting for our name to be called – it was a toasty 37 degrees! I follow the blogger Lady Ironchef in Singapore and I always read about a little one man hawker stand that attracts a 1 hour queue every day at lunch time and hawker stands unlike cafes and restaurants close when they run out of food, I quietly reminded myself that 15 minutes was not the end of the world.
Within 10 minutes we were seated in the middle of the small room. Browsing the menu, I was impressed with the range of dishes available and our final choices were a tough decision as there were certainly more than one item that caught the eye. There was the Nasi Goreng, the berry and Mascarpone pancakes, the lamb and Rosemary pie, the cheese kransky and the grilled black pudding.
First up we ordered some ice cold drinks – fresh apple juice ($7.50) and iced coffee. Following the food scene in Perth and hearing nothing by sweet things about the Tuck Shop I have had a slight dose of anticipation building up about this experience, I eagle eyed every dish that came out of the kitchen and truth be told everything looked sensational.
The Tuck Shop use Toby’s Estate coffee beans and the ice coffee was caffeine strong, one of the best ice coffees in town. Sometimes ice coffees are served with not enough coffee and tasting incredibly milky but certainly not this one, thank you!
The pies are handmade and priced at $12.50. The Moroccan spiced vegetables with chickpeas was an absolute winner, the pastry was thick and the ingredients inside chunky.
The Bruschetta was stacked with grilled bacon, goats curd, tomato, avocado and basil salad ($17.50) and it was delicious!
It may look busy, but do not despair the staff will look after you and make sure you get a table. Excellent service here.
Street parking – fee paying
178 Newcastle Street