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Greens and Co. Coffee and Cake

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by Rob Cashman (subscribe)
Most are surprised that what they let go by so unregarded and unenjoyed was precisely their life, it was that in expectation of which they lived.
Published June 14th 2011
There are several successful cures for Sundayitis. Other than the comfort of revelling with tight jeaned young hipsters at a famed Sunday session, a more unperturbed thing can be to loaf in a reclined, semi comatose state at a suburban café haunt.

Perth is continuing to produce some great little places to hang at, but what if you don't want to be subjected to an A La Carte menu every time you felt like treating yourself. Why not just something a little naughty, like coffee and cake? Forget the entrée and mains and go directly to the desserts. In the ultra chic urban landscape that makes up Leederville, there is one such place that exists.

Greens and Co on Oxford in Leederville is famed for two things, its coffee and cake - and because a cunning street artist has clambered the façade out front and humorously spray-painted a "ck" to the end of the café's title. Crude, yet funny.

The counter at the entrance of Greens was packed with cappuccino ordering socialites jostling for position in a concentrated crowd when we arrived, so I ducked my way through to where I had spotted the cake section. Laid out in a staggering pose in the chilled glass bain-marie was a decent selection of brule's, chocolate tortes, cheesecakes and more. Enough to make a dentist smile with content.

As the hoard slowly subsided, I sensed time was of the essence as the next wave of tourists, locals, families and yummy mummies were making their way in to the welcoming counter. Quickly I ordered a Latte ($4) from the uber blonde at the till. I followed through with a request for a slice of Lime Brule with fresh white chocolate shavings ($7.50) that had stood out in the lineup of sweets.

My obliging friend who had taken time out from building a fence or whatever it was he was doing that convinced him to venture out of bed before the sun on a weekend ordered two cakes, the apple pie and the carrot cake (both $7.50 each) to be accompanied by a hot chocolate ($4) With this, we found a couch to park at.

Greens and Co is situated smack in the middle of cozy boutique shops that sell the latest of high street fashion (with the price tag to match) and trendy unassuming restaurants that offer modern food.

The interior of Greens is pretty amazing. Large French doors open up to dozens of spherical paper lanterns swinging freely from the ceiling, bumping together in the breeze. The walls, top to bottom are pasted with music billboards and posters. Impressive. Old school arcade games laze in the corners of the floor space and connect four seems the game of choice on the tables. Our table was constructed out of disused milk crates and plywood. The feel is that of Café Del Mar having had a love child with Abbey Road studios.

The coffee is OK. Certainly not Roasted Arabica or plucked from the rare highlands in Brazil, but it works. I did ask the passing emo/goth waiter if he could inform me of the coffee's origins. He replied "It's Tonka coffee" Tonka I asked? "Yeah, just like the truck, not sure where it comes from, or what exactly is in it but the owner blends it with some other stuff here, has done for years". I grabbed the iPhone and Googled it, but the only thing staring back at me on screen was a picture of a yellow truck. The hot chocolate hit the spot though with a healthy couple of marshmallows piled onto the side of the glass making a warm welcome.

The cakes were equally wholesome. The Lime Brule had a delicious tangy citrus bounce complimented by a creamy texture; the white chocolate shavings on top were tasty. The carrot cake was a healthy serving; the fresh cream cheese coating was rich and had a good zest of lemon to compliment the flavours. Flakes of fresh carrot and crushed walnuts graced the filling. The apple pie was also a generous helping of cinnamon, apple and crust.

Greens and Co certainly has lively ambiance. It's a great place to just sit and people watch. It is a cool hang out that is simple, yet effective. Propped up with a good book it's a perfect escape from the routine of credit card purchases and high street fashion. And you can always pop next door and buy a cashmere scarf for the trip home. Go for the cakes.

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Why? For socialites who want to indulge.
When: Day/Night
Where: 123 Oxford Street Leederville
Cost: Coffee from $4, cakes $7.50
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