I'm a cake-holic first, freelance writer second. Currently Brisbane-based.
Published November 18th 2014
A plethora of speciality dessert cafes have been sprouting around Perth recently, and as someone with teeth so sweet I'm practically solely paying my dentist's salary, I am truly overjoyed. And so how could I resist a place called Sugar and Nice? It is located on the "quiet" side of Beaufort St in Inglewood, and fitted with only a handful of tables. But that truly, is where the modesty ends.
On the counter is a wide range of extremely good looking sweets, which I'm pretty sure varies daily. From dainty chocolate slices to rugged peanut butter cookies, muffins, friands, red velvet cupcakes, bagels even jars of old school fares like fruit loop cereal. A small framed menu at the side featured a selection of some savoury lunch items like brown rice salad with chicken, mac and cheese, croq monsieur as well as some dessert specials, one which caught my eye was something called Mr Drummond's Crumpets. It came with a choice of toppings. I opted for the salted caramel mascarpone simply because I cannot resist salted-caramel anything.
The flat white coffee I ordered came promptly and was the right temperature with perfect milk-coffee proportion. There were 2 medium-sized crumpets, complete with generous lashings of caramel, milk crumbs and a scoop of mascarpone. The crumpets were light and fluffy. And as a self-professed salted caramel connoisseur, theirs was the best I've had in Perth thus far. It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty. The entire dish was so good.
Sugar and Nice is well, very, very nice. It has the right balance of sweet- a wide variety of dessert choices with unique flavours, many are gluten-free, and savoury- from light salads to a more substantial mac and cheese. There's a small retail area near the back of the café, with a rather eclectic selection of goods like baking paraphernalia, novelty wall clocks and fashion accessories. As I was about to leave, I could not resist one more look at the counter. And then quietly promised myself to come back soon.