A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published December 8th 2017
Have a tasty lunch in pleasant surroundings here
There are many Coffee Clubs throughout Australia and I find some are slightly different and in particular, the staff vary from cafe to cafe, making each experience different.
This time we went to the Floreat Floreat Forum and this has been upgraded dramatically since I was last there several years ago, and there is far more choice in cafes than there used to be. This shopping centre is not a large one, however, is a "classy" one, with some really nice shops to while the time away whilst waiting for a friend to turn up for lunch!
I feel I must mention the fruit shop selling flowers as they were so delightful and beautifully displayed that I just had to take a photo (as well as buy a bunch)!
Who could resist one of these?
The centre had a simple Christmas tree which I think is far nicer than the very elaborate ones that some shopping centres have, and it is an extremely clean looking shopping centre.
We chose the Coffee Club as we know the food is always of a high quality no matter which franchise you go to. Their prices are fairly reasonable and in line with other cafes in Perth, and they do not skimp on the size of a meal.
The front of the Forum Coffee Club
The manager was very friendly, and although there was no table service, he came over and spoke to us to make sure our meals were to our satisfaction. I had the usual problem of picking a meal as their menu is rather large. I would actually prefer somewhere where there is not so much choice as I am quicker to pick, and sometimes by the time I chose a meal, it is almost afternoon tea time!
This time I toyed between the Smoked Salmon and Spinach Omelette, the Lemon Pepper Calamari, the Turkey Open Grill sandwich, and the Grilled Haloumi Bruschetta!
The halloumi bruschetta was the winner and this consisted of grilled halloumi and a poached egg on a mix of fresh tomato, onion and basil and served on toasted ciabatta with basil pesto. Cost of this was $15.95 and the poached egg was done to perfection, with an oozing bright yellow yolk, and all in all, this meal was delicious and somewhat different to ordinary bruschetta!
Delicious haloumi bruscetta
My friend chose the corn and zucchini fritters with bacon, and this also was excellent with a homemade fritter and a lot of crispy bacon. This was two bacon corn and zucchini fritters, topped with bacon, avocado, bruschetta mix and tomato relish, topped with rocket, and this cost $15.95.
Corn and zucchini fritter with crispy bacon
We finished this, not so huge, meal with a coffee each and the coffee was also good - many cafes spoil the meal by having such weak coffee, that it is almost impossible to tell it really is coffee! However, this was strong enough and not bitter.
This Coffee Club was No. 299 and it was established in 1989, and is situated in the middle, inside part of the shopping centre, and has seating both inside and outside in the public area. The Forum is not a noisy place and we sat outside and watched the people go by as we ate and talked.