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by Kayla Chalwe (subscribe)
I don't have a problem with coffee, I have a problem without it. And, I follow a strict diet resembling an unsupervised child at a birthday party - but I prefer the socially-accepted term "foodie". Hold on, I'm eating!! IG @perthscrazycoffeelady
Published May 9th 2016
They say a balanced diet is a cupcake in each hand
For those of us who live and breathe everything caffeinated, there is something so tantalizing about a new venue to explore. Could this be the place where you meet your new lover? Will you spend lazy afternoons snuggled up with a book and a cup of piping hot liquid goodness? Could you potentially discover your most favourite dish/coffee/barista? The hypotheticals are endless.

Queue Opening Day on 9 May 2016 of La Bistro Café on Barrack Street in the Perth CBD, a casual lunch-time establishment serving mainly sandwiches, coffee and baked goods - fitting it more appropriately into the "Could this be the new place you just *have* to swing by for lunch during the week?" hypothetical. The cranberry-and-chrome outfit is both bold and modern, and a rightful feather in the cap of its designer, Lawrence Vidot of Lorenzo V Designs. The iconic chandelier adds a touch of class to the contemporary design, giving the venue an upbeat ambiance and serving as an attractive eye-catcher.

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You certainly don't see chandeliers in the city every day!

The highlight of the visit by far was the extensive range of baked goods, which the waitperson advised are all prepared in-house . This was an especially impressive feat considering the cabinets were filled with a large range of cupcakes, cronuts (a hybrid of a croissant and a donut, for those who are yet to discover these little beauties), croissants and muffins in an abundance of bright colours and quirky flavours. And on top of that, there is a further menu upon the wall boasting a range of crepes of waffles on demand – as if we weren't already spoiled for choice!

Why just have your coffee, when you can eat your ice cream too?

This place has a little bit of everything, there were so many sweets to choose from!

Whilst the coffee was enjoyable, it was interesting to note that the mocha was prepared using dried chocolate powder and the two requested sugars were served packaged on the side – which is in stark contrast to the general standard in the CBD. Perhaps a minor (or even insignificant) detail to your average diner, but notable in the inner city which is densely populated by us coffee-snobs with a palate for quality and efficient service. The double-walled glass, however, was a lovely touch and made for a pleasant drinking experience.

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Small Mocha and Cookies & Cream Cupcake

After struggling to pick *just one* delicious dessert, I opted for the Cookies & Cream cupcake and it certainly did not disappoint. The cupcake itself was soft and moist without being overly sweet, complimented brilliantly by the generous swirl of rich, smooth icing. Bliss!

There was a small mix-up at the counter about whether I was dining in or taking away but a perfect opening day is a tall order by anyone's standards, so mishaps are part-and-parcel of the mix. Overall, with some acclimatizing and fine-tuning of minor details, this place has enormous potential to become a lunchtime/afternoon tea favourite - and just *try* keep me from coming back for more cupcakes!

If you want to swing by this weekend, they're open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

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Why? Coffee and cake
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Where: La Bistro Cafe, Barrack Street
Cost: $-$$
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