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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published October 26th 2016
Clean the slate, get eating
If you're going to open a cafe in this financial climate, you'd better damn well have an original idea to make it work.

Slate Cafe in West Swan has come up with such an original and innovative approach that it's staggering in its conception and superb in its realisation. They are aiming firmly for the Mum trade with a brilliantly conceived building made largely of Seatainers.

Slate Cafe, Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly, Coffee, Wagyu
Slate Cafe in West Swan (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


They cater for mums, children, dogs, bachelors, pensioners, business people and anyone who likes good food.

The building has a distressed frontage in a Mediterranean style backed by a neat kitchen, simple reception area and then several Seatainers cast artfully at angles, surrounded by securely fenced areas for children to play in and be watched by their guardians while enjoying some very superior food indeed.

Slate Cafe, Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly, Coffee, Wagyu
Slate Cafe in West Swan (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


The furniture is mostly up-cycled pallets pressed into service as comfy benches and tables.

The kitchen is open from 7:30am to 3:00pm of weekdays and 8:00am to 4:00pm weekends and public holidays.

The same menu runs all day, so you can enjoy breakfast at any time, while having the option of light lunches.

Slate Cafe, Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly, Coffee, Wagyu
Slate Cafe in West Swan (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


For example, you could have a simple two eggs on sourdough toast for $12 or French toast ($17) with an assortment of spiced Muscat poached pear, seasonal berries, with honey roasted oats and nuts with cream - which just sounds so yummy.

Or for the solid trencherman (and I mean me) there is the 'Big Feast' of two poached eggs, crispy bacon, chipolatas, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato, Thai basil pesto and sourdough bread ($18).

A friend and I dropped in soon after the official opening for luncheon, and the place was jumping - a happy buzz of diners, family laughter and that indefinable something we call 'ambience'.

Slate Cafe, Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly, Coffee, Wagyu
Pulled Port Burger at Slate Cafe in West Swan (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


I ordered the Pulled Pork Burger ($17) which is served in a bun that is neither quite bread nor brioche but seemingly an agreeable mix of both with a home-made coleslaw in a sweetish BBQ sauce and served with magnificent beer-battered chips - some of the best chips, I have to say, that I've eaten in many a long year.

My companion's steak sandwich came with steak, obviously, crispy bacon, blue cheese aioli, caramelised onion jam, salad in sourdough bread and more of those superb chips.

Slate Cafe, Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly, Coffee, Wagyu
Steak sandwich at Slate Cafe in West Swan (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


I had a very superior flat white coffee($4) and Rod had a nice pot of tea ($4).

The prices are very moderate, given the superior quality and the range, given the limitations of the menu very wide - from Bo Kho (a Vietnamese beef stew) at $17, Wagyu Pho ($16) and Sieu Mai ($17) to their version of Eggs Benedict (called the Slate Benedict) and the controversial Avocado Smash ($17).

There are plenty of dishes for the vegan, vegetarian or the gluten intolerant.

Slate Cafe, Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly, Coffee, Wagyu
Slate Cafe in West Swan (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


There is a Kid's Menu of Chicken Nuggets, Fish and Chips or Chicken Wings (all $8) and an excellent variety of drinks.

I strongly support the approach Slate Cafe have taken serving truly excellent food at moderate prices in a family and dog-friendly atmosphere, recycling and up-cycling materials.

Do give them a try, it' a worthwhile venture that deserves our support.

Very Highly Recommended Indeed.
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Why? Child and dog friendly, moderate prices, great food and coffee
When: Weekdays 7:30am to 3:00pm, weekends & PH 8:00am to 4:00pm
Phone: 0481 788 336
Where: 12 Dulwich Street (corner of Marshall Road) West Swan
Cost: $20 - $25
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