A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published August 13th 2018
Noggos have put a lot of thought into their excellent food
Noggos describe themselves as "the home of creativity and passion" and "inspired by the love of food". Having recently had lunch here, I would have to agree with the statements they have made about themselves.
It was, at last, a heavenly day. The sun was shining and it was not freezing cold as it has been for the last few months. What better time to go out for lunch to try a place we had not been to before!
Noggos is actually a hidden gem in the Maylands area, but it is not on the main strip or area in Maylands. This made it a lot easier to park and, for me, far easier to go to.
Noggos mural on wall
Their menu features all-day breakfast plus about 10 other lunch dishes. Some of these are quite unusual and some are mainstream, however, the choice is a good one!
The menu is varied and I would say of no particular country, however, there were about 5 items that I would have liked to try, most of which were slightly different to the run of the mill food you get at a cafe or restaurant.
Their food is apparently focused on finding the best produce that is in season. By doing this, they make sure that the preparation of the food is of a high quality - which it is! Their commitment to good food is obvious as their meals were all extra good.
The atmosphere is very casual with wooden seats with ample cushions scattered all around. I find this a nice touch as I often have a problem with very hard seat backs and these were very comfortable with the cushions.
We ordered our food at the counter (as is often the case) and the food was delivered fairly quickly. The presentation of all three meals we ordered was outstanding - making them all look so very appetising.
The first meal ordered was the Bo Kho. This was a Vietnamese braised beef ragout with carrot, spices, fresh herbs, fried egg and toast. This was a type of soup with the meat in it and the egg on the top and this had a slight kick to it. Served with delicious bread, this one cost $19.50, which I thought was good value for money.
Spot the egg on top?
The next dish ordered was the mushrooms on toast. This was a vegetarian breakfast consisting of chopped chorizo, two poached eggs, truffle hollandaise sauce and fresh chives. I tasted this one and everything was done to perfection with a nice rich truffle sauce over the top. This meal was $17.50 and was quite a large meal.
There are two poached eggs and mushrooms under this sauce!
For me - I ordered from the all-day breakfast menu. Mine was the open omelette consisting of smoked salmon, fried capers, red onion, relish, rocket, tomato, mozzarella cheese and toast.
This meal was beautifully put together and had an unusual but delightful taste, with sweet mini tomatoes mixed with the salty, crisp fried capers.
This meal was $18 and I have to say this was one of the best lunches I have had in a very long time. It had an unusual mixture of ingredients and the filling for the omelette was actually on top of the thick, round omelette!
The omelette formed the base of this meal
It was all done to perfection and even their coffee was good. The range of cakes also looked very good, though having had an elegant sufficiency, I did not have one!
Cakes all looked yummy
We did, however, share a vegan date slice!
Delicious, vegan date crumble
Naggos has been open for about a year and I remember going for breakfast to this same spot a few years ago when it had different owners.
There is off street parking right in front of the cafe and it is quite a large place with both inside and outside eating areas. The outside one is on the verandah and therefore has a roof over it, making it great for summer weather.
Front entrance, and outside seating
I would highly recommend this cafe both for lunch and/or breakfast - it is a no fuss, easy to get to cafe, with a pleasant, ambience about it. Staff were all friendly.
Happy workers at Noggos!
After lunch, we drove down to the nearby Swan River and looked at the Maylands Samphire Flats. This is a fascinating area full of birds and insects. The area leading to this is very "sloshy" and you actually sink slightly into the grass while walking down to this area.
Hi Finy, just like to say this is an excellent review, definitely makes me want to go and try this place out, it sounds awesomet but I do have a query - when you say "The next dish ordered was the mushrooms on toast. This was a vegetarian breakfast consisting of chopped chorizo, two poached eggs, truffle hollandaise sauce and fresh chives." - are you aware that the very first ingredient you mention, chorizo, is a sausage? Therefore the dish is NOT vegetarian, unless you get it made wihtout the chorizo, which is quite probably possible.