|In a word: Heavenly|
|Food: Bowls of nourishing sunshine. Beautifully presented and seriously tasty|
|Service: This isn’t fast food! No complaints – they were friendly, efficient and we all got what we ordered|
|Presentation: Pretty and upcycled|
|Ambience: Popular and laid back little café|
|Location: Hidden down a side street in Northbridge, a short walk from the centre of Perth and worth the drive from anywhere in WA!|
|Value for money: $50 for two drinks and two breakfasts, which at the time of writing was around £25. So in line with London prices, if not a little bit more, as is the way in WA|
|Worth a visit?: Absolutely, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back, in fact it would probably be the first place I’d go to next time I’m in Perth!|
Ah, Flora & Fauna…what can I say…other than, you’re beautiful and I love you.
You might might think that statement is a little over the top for a café (ok, I may have been high on post-yoga endorphins), but just look at the pictures…
We visited Flora & Fauna after a super early (woke up at 5am to be at class for 6am) Roof Top Yoga session with the lovely Laura of Northbridge Yoga. We arrived just as they we’re opening up down a shaded side street.
We watched and waited as the Flora & Fauna unfolded, it was like someone decorate for a summer garden party – pretty fabric bunting, rustic mismatched tables and chairs, painted furniture, jars, vases and tins of bright flowers and potted plants, and hand drawn chalkboard signs.
And then there was the display inside the small café; fresh flowers, more chalkboards, divine looking cakes, cookies fruit, and other delicious treats. A pretty little piece of heaven.
We sat under bunting at a cute little table decorated with sunflowers and chose our breakfast from the small comprehensive menu.
Now, I’m not normally known for going off piste and trying something new, but today was a day of firsts…ok just the one (don’t want to go too crazy!) and that was the Organic Matcha Green Tea Latte with almond milk. Wow, why have I never tried on of these before? Love at first sip. Happy to have something new on my beverages repertoire!
Not so adventurous on the food front, I went for the Goji Superfood Muesli with cashew milk. A delicious mix of lightly toasted oats, nuts, seeds, coconut and goji berries sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon, the muesli came served with a mix of fruits in a very respectable sized bowl. I do love a big serve!
The dish was beautifully presented with fresh edible flowers and bright seasonal fruits. The cashew milk was smooth, rich and creamy. The muesli was the perfect blend of sweetness from the maple and vanilla with a delicate dusting of cinnamon and the creaminess of the cashew milk. A combination of the flavours, really decent sized serve, and beautiful presentation helped make this simple dish one of my favourite breakfasts that will stay with me for the foreseeable future! I’m still savouring the taste to this day and I’m not sure I’ll ever find muesli experience as good.
My fellow food lovers both enjoyed the Deep Cleanse juice and the Herbed Smashed Avo on Turkish bread with a cute little side of scrambled eggs. The mashed up avocado laced with basil and lemon and served on The Woodfired Baker’s fluffy white Turkish flat bread decorated with petals and micro greens, heirloom cherry tomatoes and rocket went down well. I was far too wrapped up in my heavenly bowl of muesli to bother tasting their dishes!
Flora & Fauna is tiny, so you order at the counter and food is delivered to your table so you don’t get that much of an opportunity to interact with the wait staff plus they’re super busy in their wee kitchen.
We did wait a little while for drinks, but we didn’t expect fast food, I’m down with the slow food movement…that is unless i’m super hungry!
Food wise, I was very impressed; everything at Flora & Fauna was so pretty and bright, it was like eating up bowls of nourishing sunshine dotted with edible flowers.
It’s amazing what a few flower petals will do to lift a dish and my mood!
I found the whole experience at Flora & Fauna magical – the café spilling onto the pavement looks so pretty hiding down a dull side street; the bunting, rustic upcycled furniture, blackboards, bright flowers and beautifully presented food everywhere.
Value for money:
Cost-wise, breakfast for two at Flora & Fauna came to just under $50 (around £25 at the time of writing), which is what I’d expect to pay in London for a really good breakfast at Sunday or Ottolenghi.
To break that down: $7.50 for a juice, Avo and Turkish bread $15 plus $5 for the scrambled eggs, Matcha Latte $4.50 and Muesli $17. All prices are in Aussie dollars.
4/70 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Perth, WA, Australia
Tel: +61 468 948 281
Tuesday – Friday 07.30 – 15.00
Saturday & Sunday 08.30 – 15.00