I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published November 21st 2017
Fantastic coffee, friendly service and great for parents
My toddler daughter is at a stage of life when sitting still is so uncool and it's much more fun to throw a tantrum and just do the opposite of what I tell her. Getting out and about to cafes is getting harder, so I am always so relieved to find a welcoming smile behind the counter when I walk in with my two little ones.
Fika on Brix is a small cafe located in the Mills Park complex in Beckenham. The name 'Fika', according to the cafe website, is a Swedish term that refers to the Swedish and Finnish cultural practice 'to have coffee', usually accompanied by pastries, pies or cookies.
Well, I didn't choose a pastry, pie or cookie, but I certainly never miss an opportunity 'to do coffee' and ordered my daily liquid love a skinny cappuccino. The staff were so friendly and were chatting away to my toddler and making funny faces at the baby, who was beaming from all the attention.
And then I saw THEM in the cabinet little Cornflake Cakes! I'm not sure what they are called in Australia but I grew up eating them in England and we called them Cornflake Crispies you know the ones a bundle of cornflakes stuck together with syrup and sometimes covered in chocolate. Oh, takes me back to the childhood. So naturally, I had to introduce my toddler to this rite of passage for children. I chose the fruit and nut toast with preserves.
And she was not interested in it. She picked at it and then wanted - as always - what I was having, the fruit and nut toast. So we shared it and I'm not surprised she wanted more, it was absolutely divine. The bread itself was soft and generous with the fruit and nuts, while the fruit preserve was just sensational.
Fruit and Nut Toast with Preserves and coffee, of course!
I seriously wished I'd ordered two serves of it, but life with a toddler on the go doesn't allow for two serves of anything. It's a matter of stuffing your face as fast as you can before chasing after them or picking them up during an epic tanty. The takeaway coffee cups the hot drinks are served in came in handy for this reason I wrapped up the Cornflake Crispie (I wasn't about to leave it behind!) gathered my coffee and my baby and off we went after the bolter time to check out the Mills Park Nature Play Space, which is next to the café.
There was a mix of people dining or having coffee at the cafe, including couples enjoying a leisurely breakfast, singles and people working on their laptop and groups of friends, young and not so young.
Fika on Brix is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday. They have a small menu that includes eggs on toast, porridge and Bircher muesli, plus eggs benedict, a Wagyu burger and chicken Katsu bao.
There is also a cabinet with a small selection of muffins, breads, sandwiches and drinks. The closest toilets are outside the community centre.
Fika on Brix is a great little place 'to do coffee' with friends, by yourself or if you are mad enough like me, with your two small children. The close proximity to the play space is great, and the service and fruit and nut toast was even better. As for the Cornflake Crispie, well, I certainly enjoyed that after my dinner that evening.