Enjoyed the walk about Freo's esplanade with its Ferris wheel and Kailis' Fish Market Cafe but it was time for a coffee and my GPS pointed to the famous "Cappuccino Strip". The entire street was laced with alfresco sittings and patrons enjoying a lazy afternoon over a cuppa.
An elderly resident must have noticed my indecision and encouraged me to join the queue for his favourite brew for over 20 years. He added that Ginos was named after the owner Gino Saccone who was a tailor-turned-cafe owner whose cafe has been at the corner location for 32 years. This Freo institution was one of the establishments that helped create Freo's "Cappuccino Strip". I understand that some customers travel from Perth to have a brekkie or lunch with coffee at Gino's and enjoy the vibes of the area. The decor reminded of the owner's cultural roots marked by a picture wall of scenes from Italy mixed with the heavy influence of Australian sports. The indoor table and chair setting was very continental Europe.
I didn't know the coffee was cafeteria-style self service but one of the waitresses was kind enough to bring it over after the queue dissipated. I managed to secure a seat by the window to enjoy the latte and people-watching.
Unfortunately the coffee didn't hit the spot for me. The rosetta was nicely done but the shot was too weak and I felt I was drinking coffee-flavoured milk. This was way far from the kind of brew I'm used to from good coffee places like Market Lane near Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. Perhaps Gino's is just the place to reminisce the rich history of the cafe and the street.
yes it's all about the "cafeteria style service" here in the West......and yet you still pay the table servie prices. Interesting concept :-).
I personally choose my coffee spot based on sevice aswel as coffee... and some lack . Believe it or not i can get a cheaper coffee in the city take away from the Globe at the hilton where i wait in peacefull warmth thaen i can at some of the , shall we say .. new trendy options. And there is nothing wrong with the way the Hilton makes a coffee i can tell you !