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Published April 12th 2017
Great Food, Great Prices, Great Cafe
Sir Charles Gardiner is one of Perth's 3 major public hospitals and is on the QE11 Medical campus. I have to attend every 4 months due to an eye problem which needs regular testing. As I have been doing this for many years, I have tried all the cafes on, and around the premises.
Several years ago the impressive $122 million Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research opened its doors with a new building more or less behind the Lions Eye Clinic.
With that, came a lot of new staff, and also a cafe - therein began the CAFE ANATOMY.
And to my surprise, this fairly "new kid on the block" is by far the best place to eat in the whole complex. It is almost like a "secret" Cafe as, unless someone recommends it, you would never find it, as it is quite hidden away in the greater scheme of this large complex.
It caters mainly to the many staff working in the Harry Perkins Research building and I am sure, also to the general staff throughout this huge complex, and to this end ,they are only open Monday to Fridays.
It is one of the busiest cafes I have been to in a long time with lines to be served, even if you turn up early for lunch, which we did!
Queue waiting to order!
There is seating both inside and out, and it probably holds about 150 people.
Their menu is more varied than most cafes, with blackboard specials, as well as a large display of different foods you can buy for breakfast or lunch.
Part of the blackboard menu
One of about 5 salads - Image: Their facebook page
Although there is a line, and I hate waiting in lines at a cafe, this disappears very quickly as they have a lot of staff working behind the counter.
Here is a sample of their daily menu however, there is far more than this available.
Just a small part of their display of rolls
They also do gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options and staff can advise on the menu to suit your dietary requirements. These special dishes are labelled accordingly. They also do an impressive list of teas, coffees, smoothies and other drinks - the choice seems endless.
Their breakfasts, which are available until 10.30 am, also look delicious, having such things as:
Toasted Brioche bun
All their meals are reasonably priced, and I found it difficult to chose as there were so many different varieties of bagels, rolls, salads, and hot dishes.
I almost had a soup as this sounded very nice, but then decided I can eat soup at home, so changed my mind. However, I saw a plate of soup at the next table and it looked delicious!
Eventually, I decided to go for the New York Reuben bagel, even though I do not usually eat meat! The filling looked so plentiful with its lashings of sauerkraut and thinly sliced, but heaps of it, corned beef, and cream cheese. This cost just $10.
Bagel was toasted so filling appears "squashed"!
My friend chose sundried tomato, olive and Feta Arancini with your choice of salad from the display cabinet, and this was just $13.
I tasted a bit of this and it was very moist and tasty, however large enough to have as a "share".
They also do a range of sweet delights and these include:
Hazelnut chocolate brownie
Beetroot and chocolate cake
Salted chocolate caramel cake
Lemon and pistachio slice
Goji and chocolate bliss bar
All in all, I can highly recommend CAFE ANATOMY as being the best cafe on the complex and equally as good, if not better, than many on the Nedlands/Hollywood strip of cafes. Their prices are reasonable on everything - their menu is extensive and caters for many requirements - the service is quick despite queues, and best of all, the food we had could not be faulted!
The one problem is knowing how to find this delightful discovery in the large QE11 complex, however, all the people wandering around, seem to be able to help.
You can also order ahead online, and they do takeaway.
6 Verdun Place, Nedlands
7 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
Major bus services to the front of the hospital
More information can be seen at their Facebook and web pages.