I'm an aspiring writer living in Perth. I like to take the scenic route and take pleasure in the simple things in life, such as good food and good company.
Published May 3rd 2015
Take time to smell the roses…and eat them too
Edible flowers have been used in many different cultures and cuisines for hundreds of years, but lately, I've noticed a reinvention take place. Believed to originate from the new wave of Nordic cuisine, a food philosophy which values foraging and the use of seasonal produce to create a stunning end product, edible flowers are adorning plates around Perth. Not only do they create pretty-as-a-picture dishes, truly a visual feast in their own right, but they also present a bold and exciting approach to contemporary cuisine.
Below are the top 5 cafes in Perth where you're sure to find delicious dishes inspired by this bloomin' beautiful food trend. While the idea of eating flowers may not be everyone's cup of tea, I feel that their addition has the ability to give an added bit of finesse and create a well-rounded and polished dish.
Little Bird Cafe
Left: Pancakes with seasonal fruit Right: GF granola with organic raw honey coconut yoghurt and fruit. Images via @littlebirdcafe instagram
These days I can't log into Instagram without being bombarded by images depicting the delicious offerings from Little Bird Café in Northbridge, not that I'm complaining. The food that comes out of the kitchen at this gorgeous café is scrumptious and healthy (the bircher museli and pancakes adorned with flowers come to mind). But if you're in the mood for something devilish, the decadent layer cakes are standout. 100 Lake Street, Perth. Mon-Sun: 7:00am - 4:00pm Phone: 08 9228 2483
Pixel Coffee Brewers
Left: Bircher Museli Right: Chocolate & Pear cake and Vanilla cake with Rose Buttercream. Images my own
New to the café scene, Pixel Coffee Brewers has already made a name for itself. It's no wonder when the atmosphere of the place is so cheery; its mint and white walls, blue pastel chairs, floral centrepieces and overall immaculate look are sure to lift anyone's spirits. Everything that Pixel Coffee offers is stellar, but I found myself particularly smitten with the presentation of the dishes. Pixel Coffee prepares simple dishes, but careful attention to detail and addition of flowers give them that extra oomph and wow factor.
I previously wrote an article about this gorgeous little café and have been dying to make a return visit, especially since Flora & Fauna's menu has grown over the past few months. From french toast, bircher museli, banana bread and breakfast burritos, Flora & Fauna offers a range of tasty and vegan friendly meals. The use of gorgeous crockery and most important of all, edible flowers, almost make these dishes too pretty to eat.
4/70 Aberdeen Street, Perth
Tue - Fri: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. Sat - Sun: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: 0468 948 281
Harvest Espresso's Waffles via Harvest Espresso website
Harvest Espresso has remained a popular spot over the past few years thanks to their changing menu, which guarantees that customers are always in for a surprise come the change in season. I always look forward to what the next sweet breakfast option will be and, as you guessed it, they are usually topped with a scattering of delicate flower petals. At the moment, Harvest Espresso boasts a simply delectable sweet dish of on their autumn menu.
629 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Tue - Sun: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: (08) 9355 5884
In my mind, Mrs S. can do no wrong. Not only do I adore the aesthetics of the café, but their breakfast options and range of home baked cakes speak for themselves; they are truly works of art. Just look at the stunning breakfasts (pictured above) which have graced the tables of Mrs S. over the past few months. While liberal with their petals, everything on the plate works in harmony with one another, neither ingredient being too overpowering. When food looks AND tastes this good, how could you possibly resist?
178 Whatley Cres, Maylands
Tue - Fri: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sat - Sun: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: (08) 9271 6690