My partner (let's just call him Mr. D) and I visited this quirky Bannister Street cafe for breakfast on Tuesday morning. I'd heard good things so wanted to try it out for myself - a good decision on my part. The menu is a little limited compared to most of the other Freo cafes around, but the choice is different and not your regular brekkie stuff. I ordered the baked oats with berry compote and almonds ($11) and a masala chai baba ($4.5), while Mr. D ordered the very popular chorizo shakshouka ($16) and a long mac ($4).
After ordering (and being handed a letter 'W', a cute replacement for regular table numbers), we made our way up the wood-and-brick staircase to the second floor where a range of couches, tables, benches and chairs were arranged for customers to sit. It was just like being in an old country house, with the stained glass windows and high ceilings. The small projector playing black-and-white films on the wall was also a nice touch.
We barely waited more than ten minutes before our drinks arrived, and were followed quickly by our meals. I guess the fact that it wasn't too busy explained to impressive wait time. My baked oats were served in a decently sized jar (very cute) and was accompanied by a side of natural yoghurt and honey and a small jar of milk. I could tell it was going to taste as good as it looked, and boy, was I right. The oats were soft and sweet, the berry compote was tangy and fresh and the almonds added a nice crunch. Delicious. The natural yoghurt and honey work to balance the flavours and the milk softened the oats further depending on taste.
The chorizo shakshouka was a savoury delight - a mini pan of eggs perfectly poached in a rich tomato sauce with generous slices of chorizo and crusty bread on the side. Both dishes kept us more than full 'til lunch. The masala chai was just as I hoped it would be - spiced, creamy and with a bit of froth on top. Mr. D, who always has to try the coffee wherever we go, commented on his long mac saying that it was definitely up to his high standards.
Before we left, Mr. D insisted that we get treats to take home for afternoon tea. And while I was too full to even think about more food, he went ahead and got us a cherry and white chocolate muffin and a mini caramel tart. I tried both later that day and while I'm very discerning about my muffins, this one was sprinkled with shredded coconut, and was soft and fluffy with a crunchy muffin top (just the way I like it), while the sticky-sweet caramel tart left me wanting more.
A lovely, cosy atmosphere and healthy, delicious food - you can't go wrong with The Attic. I'm sure I'll be headed there again very soon.
The Attic Cafe 16 Bannister Street,
(Open Tuesdays-Sundays for breakfast & lunch)