Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published May 8th 2012
I have been frequenting Cafe Elixir since it opened late in 2009 and have been whole heartedly recommending to friends and family ever since. There is so much that this restaurant gets exactly right that I am at severe risk of gushing in this review, so will try to maintain some restraint; it will be hard though.
The Cafe Located within the Wanneroo and Library Cultural Building, Elixir is a small cafe hitting it big on the restaurant scene in Perth, having recently achieved a #8 position on the Urban Spoon restaurant guide.
Great position within the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre
Opened up by Melburnian, Taylor Moore, who together with his partners, set his cap at tackling the poor service that has become so infamous in Perth hospitality. I can certainly say that this has been achieved and irrespective of who serves you; you'll be greeted with a smile, speedy service in addition to being able to speak to staff who know what food is being served up and who actually look like they want to be there.
Cafe Elixir offers a versatile menu, which has evolved since its inception and expands to take on new flavours with regularity. A big hit with me is the all day Elixir Breakfast dish; it has almost too much food to fit on a plate - you need to start with an empty stomach to really make the most of this offering. It's a great option for a lazy brunch, when all other breakfast cafes have called a halt on its bacon and eggs circa 10.30am.
The lunch and dinner menus have some overlap but you'll find enough variety on the menu to eat a day's meals here if you so desired. The pie seems to be a favoured option, but my money is very frequently on the burger, which comes complete with homemade chutney that packs a zingy punch.
Kids haven't been forgotten - there are six options available for the little people, so there is something more than the standard chicken nuggets and chips. A nice touch is how staff will notice you've got kids with you and provide plastic cutlery in addition to a plastic cup and colouring in pencils and pads.
I've got to also make a quick mention of the delicious desserts on offer. With a glass cabinet full of tempting selections, it's prudent to save some room to really do this justice. It would be rude not to.
The Beverages There is no way I could review this cafe without paying some homage to the delicious beverages on offer. In particular, the coffee offering; when you order a large latte it comes in vast bowl. It's how I wish all large lattes were served. The coffee blend has been chosen with care and comes from Five Senses, a coffee company which promotes and supports an ethical trading policy, delivering dividends back to the highland people of Papua New Guinea. It has a smooth flavour, with a deep strength, yet without undue bitterness. Delicious.
Tea lovers haven't been overlooked either with a wide range of tea flavours on offer, including some unusual artisan tea balls, which when served in hot water, turn into a floral bloom. Fantastic and perhaps something to try when opting for the Cafe Elixir High Tea.
When to Come[ Monday to Wednesday - 7.00am to 5.30pm
Thursday and Friday - 7.00am to 10.00pm
Saturday – 8.00am to 10.00pm
Sunday – 8.00am to 5.00pm
To avoid disappointment, book a table, especially if you are coming in with a larger party or require a high chair. I book for breakfast every time now, after seeing first hand how this cafe has become a hands down favourite haunt for the North of the River hoards.
Cafe Elixir has recently had an offspring; Baby Elixir located at the fabulous Wanneroo Aquamotion. Not such a vast menu, but for a swimming pool cafe, this is a great choice to get your coffee fix at your local pool.