I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published February 23rd 2017
Lovely Kings Park Café close to a great play space
While visiting one of Kings Parks many different playgrounds with my little girl, I came across a gorgeous little eatery called Zamia Café. Surrounded by lush, manicured lawns and overlooking the lake, what better way to spend our mid-morning after a visit to the playground.
If you are lucky enough to nab an outside table on the veranda, you can look out to the lake while enjoying a coffee or a spot of breakfast, morning tea or lunch. We were not lucky enough, so sat inside, which is still lovely and quite cool, considering it was a hot day. We were promptly greeted and provided with menus and water for the table.
You can either choose from a range of breakfast and lunch options from the menu or select from a cabinet full of tasty looking morsels and treats. I decided it was morning tea time and opted for the homemade fruit and nut bread, while my dad went for a more traditional breakfast option in eggs on toast, with a couple of hash browns thrown in for good measure.
I also ordered a flat white and a decaf flat white in a mug. I was taken back to my inner-city working days, when it wasn't unusual to pay around $6 for a large coffee. This one worked out to be $5.90, which was a bit of a shock at the time, but in line with Perth prices, nonetheless. Still, it sure was tasty coffee, even if it was decaf.
Our meals were served shortly after ordered. The homemade fruit and nut bread was lightly toasted and served with a homemade, fruity jam and some butter. It was delicious and really filling, and had big chunks of fruit embedded into it, so at least I felt like I was eating something almost healthy.
The poached eggs were cooked to perfection – runny, just as they should be. Nothing worse in the breakfast world than overcooked poached eggs. The hash browns were crispy and hot, not soggy, and my toddler enjoyed eating them – or rather squishing them in her chubby little fingers.
I was really impressed with the kids' menu – Zamia offers breakfast options and lunch options, ranging from fruit salad to pancakes and from grilled chicken with salad to fish and chips. There are four options for breakfast and a huge ten options for lunch – surely there is something for even the fussiest of kids.
For the adults, you can choose from a large selection of breakfast items, from the usual bacon and eggs to something a little different, including the quinoa and baby kale bowl or the zucchini and gruyere fritters (it's cheese – yup, had to Google that one) topped with smoked salmon. Fancy.
If you're staying for lunch, you'll find some great variety in the menu, from the pumpkin, quinoa and chickpea falafel, to the turmeric and coconut chicken or slow roasted lamb. There's also a range of sandwiches, fish and other mains to choose from.
We finished our meals and decided to head back over the lake to the playground for one last play. The only negative aspect of our visit to Zamia Café was that my camera was thrown to the ground and broke – but that was my toddler's doing, not the restaurant. There really was nothing to fault – lovely meals, friendly service, some stunning views of Kings Park and in close proximity to a playground, just for good measure.