One chilly morning, my girlfriend and I met up at Harvest Espresso, in Victoria Park.
Over a cup of hot coffee and breakfast we gossiped about our great loves… kids, fitness and food.
The cafe is nestled between a used car yard, a boxing studio and a tattoo parlour along Albany Highway. It only has 8 small tables that sit 2 or 3 people, and there was not much room to stand – it was pretty small.
The couple sitting at the table next to us were so close to us (like 30cms!) that I didn’t dare to tell my girlfriend my hilarious story about “one of my children puking on the floor”, in case I put the couple sitting to us off their breakfast. It was a shame, because my girlfriend, as a mother, would have appreciated that story and possibly topped it with a better one!
Anyway, yes the place was pretty squishy.
But you know what… I LOVED the intimacy, the quirkiness, the warmth, the attention to detail, the understated casual atmosphere, the sense of uniqueness that you don’t find in large, cold, echoing, global franchise cafes.
These cafe owners were certainly doing something a little bit different. And doing it WELL.
So for me, there was a bit of the whole “I have to suffer for my amazing coffee and food” attitude!
These fresh banana breads were calling out to me like tiny swaddled babies in a nursery. Pick me pick me!
I have to come back to try one of these! My eyeballs are licking the screen as I type this.
My soy flat white arrived. It didn’t look pretty… but then again, frothy soy NEVER looks pretty.
It tasted great, that was the main thing!
I ordered the House-cured salmon gravlax – two poached eggs, watercress, potato hash, yuzu kosho hollandaise, togarashi croutons ($22.50)
Gravlax is a Nordic dish made from sliced raw salmon, a kind of sauce and served with bread or potatoes. It have tried it before, when I was Copenhagen, but it was nothing like this! Harvest’s interpretation of the dish, using fresh, local WA produce and some Japanese flavours… was simply delicious.
The salmon was beautifully fresh. The potato hash was yummy and rounded the dish off. I loved the watercress. And oh my, the hollandaise sauce was the hero that brought it all to a whole new level.
Such simple, unfussy food was a real joy to eat.
My girlfriend ordered the Seasonal winter vegetables – Pan roasted beetroot, squash, beans, fennel and radish, two poached eggs, walnut pesto ($19.50)
Just when I thought that it was a potentially boring dish, she let me have a spoonful and I swooned. The veggies were warmed and cooked to perfection, and were doing magic things to my tongue with the walnut pesto. I almost had a When Harry Met Sally moment. That would have really upset the couple sitting next to us, or possibly have made their day?
We left with happy bellies, caffeine and a good dose of girlfriend therapy… it was such a fabulous start to the morning.
Harvest launches a new menu every season, which is a great idea, because it means I will definitely make an effort to come back at least 4 times a year :)
629 Albany Hwy
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6100
(08) 9355 5884
Open Tuesday to Sunday 7:00AM – 4:00PM
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