Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published July 17th 2014
Cakes and Pastries Galore
Fans of Miss Maud's, living in Perth's far northern suburbs were delighted the day that a new cafe was announced at the Lakeside Shopping Centre; finally there was a way to get your hands on Miss Maud's delectable selection of cakes without the hike down the freeway. With 16 pastry houses dotted around Perth, this cafe is the latest addition to this popular chain.
Miss Maud's aims to recreate a typical Swedish pastry house, with some of it's bakes and cakes paying homage to this heritage. Miss Maud's cafe in Joondalup, is no different, and aims to offer its patrons a wealth of pastries and cakes to choose from, in addition to a large savoury menu. Cakes and pastries are available to dine in or take out, and there's a wide eat in menu too.
The busy cafe
The Cafe in Joondaup opens out into the shopping centre, which unfortunately means that if you're sat in the outer edge of tables, it does feel that you eating in the middle of a mall. The good news for Miss Maud's though is that it keeps an incredibly steady stream of patrons wandering in, who abandon their shopping outing upon citing the delights on offer. This is a busy cafe and if you've got a big party with you, it might be a good idea to avoid the busy lunch time rush.
Take your pick of cakes
If you're dining in, the menu is really impressive with a huge range of options for a wide range of tastes. There are some great breakfast options, but also all day dining feasts. Popular items include their burgers, pies and quiches, but the salads too looked particularly fresh and colourful. Many diners bypass the main menu items and simply opt for coffee and a cake, and with such a wide choice of sweet items, it's easy to see why this is popular.
Whilst the menu features some great kids choices, including some kiddie sized sweet treats, the restaurant itself isn't ideally set out for prams, if you have one with you. Tables are incredibly close together and it is difficult to manouvere around even without a pram in tow. It's a shame there isn't a trolley or pram parking area as many shoppers would have one or other of these items, and this would definitely put them off entering. I took a single pram in with me on my last visit, and it was difficult to access a table without creating an absolute trip hazard for other customers.