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Published January 13th 2017
Trendy Highgate gets child-friendly at Blacksmith Perth
Stepping into Blacksmith Café, I wondered if this was really the child-friendly spot I'd read about. Tiny from the outside, this Beaufort Street café is surprisingly big inside, with two distinct areas – child-friendly, and well, not-super-child-friendly.
Walking through the not-super-child-friendly indoor section of the restaurant to the back, I was amazed at the size of this place, and at how busy it was, with just about every table occupied. It strikes me as being a little bit hipster hangout meets trendy family outing.
This area was heaving with families and little kids playing happily in the sandpit. I was seated and presented with water and a menu. A friendly waiter came along a few minutes later to take my order. I chose a decaf flat white and the buttermilk pancakes. The menu features an all-day breakfast with popular items such as smashed avocado, chorizo omelette and the 'green breakfast.' There are also traditional lunch items that include Caesar salad, braised meatballs and the beef burger.
My daughter was quite happy to play in the sandpit while we waited for our breakfast. The pancakes arrived after a short wait, but the coffee was nowhere in sight. Given how busy the barista was, it wasn't a surprise but it wasn't a big deal either.
I was somewhat ravenous by the time the pancakes reached my table, and in my second-trimester-feels-like-I'm-going-to-die-from-starvation state of mind, I dug straight in. I was so hungry I didn't even take a photo of these delicious pancakes. Oops.
Thank god for Instagram (image: Blacksmiths Perth Instagram.)
Still, they were as delicious as they looked – the pancakes were huge and as big as small serving plates. They were covered with heaps of chopped strawberries, cherries and a delightful raspberry compote. The buttermilk was the icing on the (pan)cake – apart from the actual icing sugar sprinkled over the top of everything.
Between my daughter and I, we polished off the lot. They were easily some of the nicest pancakes I have tasted – just sweet enough without being sickly. My coffee arrived a short time after we'd finished the pancakes, which used to be a pet peeve of mine, but given I now have to drink decaf, it doesn't really make much of a difference.
I finished the decaf and my daughter had another little play before it was time to go. We paid at the counter – which required a bit of a wait as there didn't seem to be anyone dedicated to this job, except the barista. No wonder he was so busy. Our pancakes and coffee cost $22, which wasn't too bad.
Overall we enjoyed our experience to Blacksmith Café – it's nice to take my daughter to places in which she doesn't have to sit in the high chair for the entire time, as that's no fun for a nosey toddler. I was certainly impressed by the delicious pancakes, the friendly service and the family-friendly area. All three are not usually an easy find in Perth.