After a not-so leisurely bike ride into the morning headwind along Shelley foreshore, I dismounted, collapsed into my chair in a sweaty heap and began salivating at the menu before me.
More napkins for table 30 please.
Lo Quay café sits on the Wilson side of the old Riverton Bridge and after taking over the old kiosk, has been serving up breakfast, lunch and copious amounts of coffee to the locals for a couple of years now. Inside you'll find a busy counter, bustling kitchen and a few tables lined up along the glass front wall. The outdoor tables and chairs are spread far and wide on all sides to make the most of the river views and allow for easy playground supervision.
On this particular sunny Sunday the place was packed but we were lucky enough to secure a shady table right next to our bikes. On the breakfast menu you'll find organic muesli trifle with berries, yoghurt, honey and pistachios ($13.50), porridge with berries and fruit yoghurt ($12.50), and the usual array of egg and bacon dishes ($11.50 - $21.50). The lunch menu has a very yummy-looking array of dips, Asian influenced meals, prawns, calamari, fish, gourmet salads, burgers and sandwiches, all ranging in price from $10.50 - $26.00.
Feeling very self-righteous after my ride I steered clear of my much-loved hollandaise sauce and instead went for the veggie big-breakfast while the other half went for the carnivore version, served with a couple of cappuccinos. The kitchen was slammed and at the time of ordering, chefs were yelling for waitstaff to rush their creations from the return and out to the hungry hordes. Obviously not fast enough though – by the time our food arrived, both meals were tasty but only lukewarm. And while my plate of spinach, eggs, tomato, beans, mushrooms and hashbrown would keep any vego happy, a sneaky bit of bacon did somehow manage to hide under my tomatoes (much to my delight, as I'd been quietly coveting the pork pile on my partner's plate). While this was a happy find for me, real vegos be vigilant.
Lo Quay Big Breakfast
On a beautiful sunny Sunday by the water you would expect that the only riverside café for miles will be busy, and the staff did warn us when we ordered that there would be a wait. They were rushed, but as helpful and attentive as they could be.
Lo Quay doesn't just feed the random masses, they can also feed your mass of randoms. My nanna turns the Big 8-0 this year and the staff at Lo Quay have been more than accommodating. They've organised a set menu for 40 people, are allowing us to bring our own cake and will pretty much empty the restaurant for us all to have a Sunday family lunch. It's all been too easy.
While I do balk at paying $13 for a bowl of cereal and they could invest in a better heat lamp for the waiting plates, Lo Quay for the most part is a great place to have breakfast after biking, lunch after a long paddle or just a catchup coffee. The setting is beautiful with its views of the Canning River, complete with swans, ducks, aquatic birds and the occasional dolphin (though we were unlucky on this occasion). Kayakers cruise by, dogs sit expectantly under the tables hoping for a sliver of sausage and the pram patrol can relax and gossip while watching their monsters on the monkey bars. They also offer gluten-free options and kid-friendly foods ($4.50 - $9.50), there are three disabled bays and easily accessible toilets. Everyone's a winner.