I'm discovering how much I love school holidays, and being able to take my Year 1 daughter out to breakfast. She's not very adventurous, it's pretty much pancakes and a milkshake every time we go out. But it does mean I am quickly getting a good idea of the varying quality (and quantity) of pancakes across the city.
Tiamo in Nedlands is right in the middle of two major islands of learning: the University of Western Australia and the QEII hospital complex. This makes it an ideal destination for liquid lunches, breakfast meetings, hard-hatted meals after work and student cake and coffee for those who can still afford to eat.
Stylish and casual bang smack in the middle of Nedlands
This dish had a lot of potential but fell short in a few places. The two poached eggs were tiny, not the generous specimens I have experienced recently in other restaurants. The risotto cakes were also a bit dry and needed… something. It may have been something as simple as salt.
They were advertised as being 'risotto with sun-dried tomatoes', and if I had been able to locate any of the tomato, the natural sweetness and oil would have probably given the risotto cakes the extra boost they required. Instead, all I found was capsicum. And I'm not a fan of capsicum.
The 'grilled asparagus' may or may not have been grilled, but it was so sweet and delicious and a real standout. Half a roast tomato was welcome but forgettable as they tend to be. I had asked for a serve of smoked salmon as well ($5) and I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was not fridge-cold. In fact it was a perfect temperature and added a lovely depth to the dish.
This picture does these pancakes no justice, they were huge
My daughter's pancakes made us both stop and stare for a minute, before she clapped her hands in delight and I felt a little ill. Two enormous pancakes, essentially the size of a plate, thick and fluffy, with a small bowl each of vanilla icecream and maple syrup.
For $12.50 you can have either banana or blueberry. We chose banana, and they were very substantial. I had to wrap one up in a serviette to take home.
Tiamo is a pleasant place, with some al fresco seating. The service was fine and the food was fine. It didn't zing but it ticked all the boxes.
Renovated and decked out in subdued and stylish dark colours, my daughter insisted we take a photo of the waterwall located in the restaurant. Unlike many indoor water features, this was subtle and didn't make me need to utilise the facilities like some overly gushing fountains tend to do.
There is generally plenty of street parking along Hampden Road and Tiamo is open seven days a week from 7am. They are also open for lunch and dinner 'until late' with an Italian dominated menu such as focaccias (from $10.50), pizzas (from $11.90), BLT with chips ($13.50) and a number of substantial salads (from $15.90).
The a la carte menu is heavily dominated by pastas and other Italian staples with the majority of the dishes falling between $20 and $25 and a few heavy hitting steak meals at the $30 point.