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The Outram Cafe and Gourmet Deli

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Published March 30th 2012
Situated in the professional part of town, the Outram Cafe and Gourmet Deli blends its culinery role with its corporate one in great style. It has a very upmarket address, 26 Outram Street, corner of Outram and Ord Streets in West Perth. Outram was named in honour of General Sir James Outram 1803 -1860, and Ord in honour of former Governor of Western Australia Major-General Sir Harry St George Ord 1819-1895.
Outram Street Cafe and Gourmet Deli
The Outram Cafe and Gourmet Deli has lovely ambience in the professional hub of West Perth

The landed gentry have long since moved out of West Perth making way for what is now the professional and medical hub of the city.
Archway looking to the alfresco area
Lovely archways invite diners to the alfresco area

Once a practical red brick two-storey house with a rather dull exterior despite its evident wealth, The Outram Cafe and Gourmet Deli is now a single storey white brick building with a French-Swiss look especially with the planter boxes filled with flowers adorning the side of the cafe along Ord Street.
View looking west along Ord Street
A leafy peppermint tree shades the corner of this Cafe with the French-Swiss feel

The cafe provides a great escape where office and medical staff can enjoy a bite to eat and a coffee off premises, and visitors to the area can enjoy a cuppa with a cosy, relaxing ambience in which to sit and chat.

The menus for breakfast and lunch are stylish and delicious and the coffee is hot and fast. For breakfast you can go for the lighter choices such as crumpets or crepes or the Swiss style croissants, or indulge in one of the more substantial choices such as the Mixed Grill with steak, bacon, chipolatas, eggs, hash browns, tomatoes, or the Classic Outram breakfast with grilled bacon, soft poached eggs, roasted roma tomatoes, field mushrooms with a creamy hollandaise sauce.

The lunch menu also has many mouth-watering choices such as Moroccan Lamb and Couscous salad; Garlic prawns and goat's cheese bruschetta; and Grilled Sirloin steak with wedges, crispy bacon and mushroom sauce.

There is an alfresco area within the grounds itself behind the ornamental grille gate, and there are tables in the street with same shady umbrellas maintaining a unity of style.

Inside, you can choose the area near the counters or the side room which is more discrete and has a more romantic table for two by the window in cat-bird seat area. Partial lacey ornamental patterns adorn the windows which look out onto the cobbled area outside allowing some sunshine in and lets the shadows from the dappled trees fall into the room. In one corner there is a tete-a-tete nook with high chairs and high round table in the European style.
window decorations Outram Cafe
Decorated windows add a touch of charm

Decorations are interesting with black and white photographs of French and Dutch art and a sepia photo of the original building in its days as a dwelling. On a sideboard opposite the counter sit some pieces of sculpture which add a bit of zazz.

There is a log gas fireplace which is not often used as there is a modern heater and cooling unit on the wall. On the other side of the shared fireplace there is a formal corporate area which can be hired for functions with a catering menu. The Cafe provides and delivers selected platters for functions elsewhere.

The rooms in the rest of the cafe also have a touch of the corporate as some customers often use the cafe as a meeting place extension of their own offices and carry out a little bit of business including hiring, and possibly firing, over the morning brew. Some people on their own bring out their laptops and i-pads and do their last minute business.

Overall the cafe has a nice feel. The ceilings have been preserved with intricate rose pattern moulds in the centre as well as highly ornate features all around the edges of the cornices with a thistle emblem. This wonderful touch of history adds to the inviting tone of the place and the food is fine, the service exemplary and the staff courteous and witty and seem to have built up a real rapport with their usuals.
Ornate ceilings add to the historic charm
Ornate ceilings add to the historic charm

The only feature to detract from this stylish cafe would be the dominating drinks cabinet situated as you come in the door between the two main interior rooms. Still, it is a cafe and it is entirely practical as it saves time for the staff ensuring customers choose their drinks in their own time. If you don't want to look at the cabinet you can just stare a little longer at the gorgeous ceiling and think of times long gone.

With the free RedCat stopping two doors from the Outram Cafe there is every reason for people wanting to share a coffee in a nice location to come here every now and again without waiting to tie it in with a sometimes dreaded appointment. A parking meter is right outside for street parking if buses are not your style but take care, the "grey ghosts" are diligent.
Red Cat 2
The Outram Cafe is only a few minutes from the city on the free Cat

The Outram Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday. To reserve a place contact or if you would like to have a function catered for contact The telephone contact is 9321 8806.
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Why? Great place to wine and dine or have a coffee and soak up the atmosphere under the ornate ceilings
When: Mondays to Fridays breakfast and lunch
Where: The Outram Cafe and Gourmet Deli
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Excellent article.
by guyma (score: 1|26) 3092 days ago
Excellent article.
by guyma (score: 1|26) 3092 days ago
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