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Published April 19th 2017
10 Great Cafes -Eat Your Heart Out in Leederville
LEEDERVILLE There is so much to say about this wonderful area. Over the last 20 years, it has built up to be one of the best foodie places where you have a huge choice. The majority run along the main "strip" of Oxford Street, though the last year or so has seen more cafes opening outside of this one block on Oxford Street (towards the Mt Hawthorn end).
It is hard to just pick the top ten. I have based this mainly on the quality of the food, as well as on value for money, service and choice of foods. They are in no order of "favourites" and several of them I went to almost a year ago, so the menu will probably have changed somewhat.
I have already reviewed one of the newer restaurants on Oxford Street, and Pappagallo must be mentioned, as I was very impressed with the food and the service. For the first one, please here.
SAN CHURRO Although San Churro is a chain of cafes, it is an excellent one for the "sweet tooth". This chain of cafes offer decadent desserts, plus they are using organic, fair trade coffee. They have both inside and outside eating areas.
Menu at San Churro Leederville
It is described as a "chocolateria – a Spanish shrine to chocolate and celebration" and this saying is indeed true! The food ranges from about $5 to about $22, and this is not a spot for diabetics!
Their churros are "to die for" and you have a choice of dipping sauces including this rich caramel sauce.
Caramel dipping sauce with Churros which someone got to before I took the photo!
They have many items to chose from and if you like caramel and chocolate, this is the place to go.
They also have share plates, including tapas and fondue, where the chocolate is melted, served with bite-size churros, a chocolate brownie, strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and chocolate covered pretzels! This delicacy will cost just under $20 and is ideal if you have had a small lunch and want to follow up with something sweet!
The tapas is chocolate dipped strawberries, mini churros, a chocolate brownie, 2 cups filled with dipping sauce, and other chocolate delights, and this one is $22.95 (shared).
They also make:
Fair trade coffee
Desserts and cakes
Ice cream sundaes
Truffles and macaroons
Fill out the form and you will get a free churros on your birthday and they also sell gift cards which are a great idea for someone else's birthday! There is much more you can eat here and the drinks are also unusual. For more information on the menu please check out their website.
It is situated at 160 Oxford Street, Leederville, and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day, while closing at 11 pm on a Friday and Saturday.
The Garden is a very large restaurant, just round the corner from Oxford Street, in Newcastle Street.
It is a popular Restaurant, fully licensed and has several areas where you can eat, including the street verge. They serve a varied selection of beer, wine, cider and cocktail jugs paired with seasonal shared plates and interesting main meals.
Top 10 Cafes in Leederville
They have an extensive menu and the day I was there, I chose the fried halloumi with poached pear, asparagus and hazelnuts, accompanied by rocket and served on a board.
Haloumi with poached pears
This was a large serving and the salad was delightful. The grilled halloumi was an excellent choice, teamed with pears, and there was no skimping on the hazelnuts. At $23, this meal was reasonably priced and very enjoyable.
They also do gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free, which is great in this day and age when so many people are allergic to certain foods.
The Garden is a friendly place with a large bar and an equally impressive drinks menu. Some of the current dishes on the menu include:
Trio of wild mushrooms, pappardelle and goats cheese
Sirloin steak, with duck roasted potatoes broccolini, and jus
Crispy cider battered coral trout with tartare sauce and fries
Seven different pizzas with toppings
The Garden is a very laid back type of place, which is generally bustling with customers and staff, and it is well worth a visit They also hold functions, so if you have a large crowd and are looking for a venue, contact them!
It is situated at 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville and is just a few doors down from Oxford Street. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, from either 11 am or 11.30 am till late.
You can contact them, or for more information, go to their website.
GREENS & CO & TOMS CAFE
GREENS & CO
Greens is definitely a Leederville icon. It was one of the first cafes to open in Leederville and it has changed very little since I first went there over 10 years ago! Their "forte" is definitely their divine cakes, and they have a huge array of these almost along the length of the shop. Their coffee is good and their cakes are even better with about 30 choices of different cakes.
They have comfortable couches and assorted games to play, and they get quite busy often late at night. The décor is fairly old-fashioned and they are renown for their icon "sea of lantern" balloon paper lamp shades, as well as their wall murals.
Sea of lampshades - Image: Greens and Co Facebook page
Last time I went here for afternoon tea I had the honeycomb creme brulee, and although rather sweet, it was delicious. I could only term it "mouth-watering", as are most of their cakes.
Honeycomb creme brulee cake
Although their cakes are quite expensive, they are worth slightly more than others as they are more involved, and often larger than cakes at other cafes. They are also renowned for their good coffee as well as their very casual atmosphere, and you can sit as long as you want here.
All in all, it is a great spot for catching up with people, whether it be one person or a whole group of people, and I would term it a "gem".
They also do light savoury lunches, and there is no real set menu for these savoury items.
Greens & Co is at 123 Oxford Street, and their hours are 6 am till 11.45 apart from Sunday when they open at 7 am.
Tom's Café is not your normal "café", and indeed it is actually called a deli, as it is more of a takeaway place. They do have a few seats where you can eat, however, their main trade would be takeaway.
Front entrance to Tom's Cafe
However, it is not to be overlooked as their food is fabulous. I have eaten here on several occasions and their salads and lunches are always of a high quality and they have food that is very much more unusual than your average takeaway.
The second occasion I went here, I had one of their salads and they seem to concentrate on healthy foods. They have pre-packed salads to the left of the fridge and these are half priced at around $6 for a large container.
Toms Café offers a wide variety of fresh salads, soups (in winter) and a variety of traditional hot and cold deli foods such as sausage rolls, zucchini slice, chicken patties, subs and soups. Some of their salads include:
Edamame with corn and Israeli couscous
Potato and ham
They also do an excellent range of raw sweets/desserts and their prices are well below average in price.
They are located in the Tip Top Arcade, 139 Oxford Street and are open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
SIENAS & AMANI BAR
Sienna's is another Leederville icon that has been there for many years. It is a pizzeria/Italian restaurant, where the food is authentic and old fashioned with friendly service and a real family restaurant.
www.facebook.com/pages/Sienas-of-Leederville - Delicious pasta dishes
Their motto is "spoil our guests with fine Italian food and service" and this is exactly what they do! They have all the typical Italian pasta along with delicious pizzas. The last time I was there, I had a pasta dish which was marinated pieces of chicken, roasted capsicum, mushrooms and garlic in a cream sauce.
Chicken and mushroom pasta - simple yet excellent
It was excellent without too much of the smooth, creamy textured sauce, and with bite sized pieces of chicken and mushrooms, this was on special at lunch time for just $17.00.
As well as this, it is one of the few restaurants that still offer table service and their pizza menu is indeed impressive with toppings such as:
Ricotta, grilled eggplant and oregano
Leg ham and pineapple
Mushrooms, artichoke, capsicums and sausage
Mushroom, capsicum, pumpkin and olives
Chicken marinated in wine with avocado and sundried tomatoes
Marinated chicken, ricotta, spinach, onions, cherry tomatoes and Mozzarella
Sausage, olives, onions and artichokes
Salmon, Brie cheese, Mozzarella, capers and basil
Bacon, sausage, ham, chicken and onions
Prices range from $16.50 to $22.50.
They also do a full range of Parmigiana and these are on special, on certain days, for lunch at $17. They also have a range of homemade Italian desserts, as well as gelatos and liqueur gelatos.
Takeaway is available and there are several set menus to chose from, all of which look excellent value and can be seen here.
They are fully licensed and situated at 115 Oxford Street, or check out their website. They are open for both lunch and dinner.
If you enjoy drinking, then this bar/restaurant is great fun. It is a long thin establishment and easily missed if you do not know it is there!
Their menu is not large however. Their food is both interesting and satisfying and consists of:
BOARDS –Cheese, selection of cured meats, olives, chorizo & dip.
SHARE PLATES – House marinated olives; Mac and cheese croquettes; grilled halloumi, pineapple and pesto; feta and mushroom stuffed tomatoes; popcorn chicken, sriracha aioli; roasted pumpkin, saffron risotto; salt and pepper chilli squid; tiger prawns with chilli peach chutney; pulled pork slider with cider glazed cabbage; salmon fillet with lemon and dill and more.
On the day we were there, we had grilled king prawns on a bed of quinoa salad, with a pickled grape on the top, and this cost about $5 per prawn.
Prawns on a bed of quinoa
Although this is slightly different to a café, we really enjoyed the different food even though the menu is not extensive like a lot of the other cafes around. The service was good though we were quite early and there were hardly any other people there at the time. I would imagine this place would be more popular at night and after work.
Their address is 162 Oxford Street and they are open from 12 noon till 10 pm for lunch and dinner.
SWEETLIPS & OXFORD YARD
SWEETLIPS FISH & CHIPS
Although Sweetlips is not a "trendy" place like many others around here, I must mention it as so many of us love our fish and chips. I have found that the few times I have been there, the meals served are superior to most local fish shops and they have choices like a seafood platter. It has been there a long time and seating is both inside and outside.
At Sweetlips, they believe there is nothing better than freshly cooked fish and chips caught off the coast of Western Australia.
Battered fish and chips –grilled also available
They generally offer a choice of the following fish (though this is sometimes seasonal):
Cone Bay Barramundi
Shark Bay Whiting
Blue spot emperor
They also do fish and prawn burgers as well as a tempura fish sandwich and Sweetlips Baja tacos, salt and pepper squid rings, and more.
They are not your "ordinary" fish and chips shop as the variety and quality available is mostly better than most other fish and chips shops, although their prices are slightly higher. However, I would rather pay more and get such a good selection!
Their address is 125 Oxford Street, and they are open Monday to Sundays from 10 am to 9 pm, and you can see more about them on their website.
OXFORD YARD LEEDERVILLE
Oxford Yard is just out of the main block on Oxford Street and therefore slightly easier to park here. I have been here several times for lunch and have always liked their meals.
The menu is not huge, however, everything I have had here has been well liked by everyone.
They do great breakfasts and one of the times I was here, I ordered a potato hash cake which was served with grilled asparagus, smoked salmon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce. The potato hash was homemade and thick with delicious chunks of potato.
Breakfast at Oxford Yard
Also available for breakfast are:
Spanish baked eggs
Scrambled fetta eggs
Roasted field mushrooms with leek and kale
They have some rather nice looking desserts/cakes and particularly over Easter, where they had the following special:
Easter special cake
The staff were always friendly, the service was fast, however, you have to go and order at the counter. There is quite a lot of seating outside and it probably holds about 40 people in that area. We sat inside both times as it was too hot outside!
They are at 196 Oxford Street and are open from 6.30 am to 3 pm on most days.
TUTTI FRUTTI & CONCLUSION
If sweets are your "thing", then this place is ideal after a meal!
You serve yourself with your choice of yoghurts and the great part is that you pay by the weight.
Healthy yoghurt - Image: Their webpage
This means that if you only want a bit (or are like me and need to cut down on your sugar intake), you can just dispense a tiny amount of their creamy yoghurt.
You can then take it to the counter and have "extras" put on top. These include:
How thiscCompany operates is:
1. Chose your cup size
2. Dispense your frozen yoghurt
3. Pick your topping
4. Weigh your dessert and pay by weight
They are at 136 Oxford Street, and they are open every day from 11 am to 10 pm. More can be seen at their website.
There are so many cafes/restaurants in this Leederville area, as almost every second shop is one and this includes such names as:
Kailis Bros (Seafood)
Dome (General food)
Niche Bar (Bar and Bistro)
Guzman Y Gomez
Rev's Soup Kitchen
If you do not know which café to go to in Leederville, I can highly recommend the "Oxford Street Food Safari", which takes you around Leederville to some of the eating establishments, where you can sample a bit of food at each place.
You could chance upon some new, undiscovered eating establishments during this tour, which is also great fun!
They have expert guides who take you to several places, all of which were worth going back to.
Details can be seen here and you can do this as long as you can walk about 5 minutes at a time. I discovered a few of the places I have written about during this tour.
LEEDERVILLE - A fascinating place to eat and watch the world go by, with an endless choice of good food.