The Garden off the Road

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to write about Marinda Leigh's Top 5 brunch cafes in Perth. I'm an avid fan of weekend brunches and after a long and vigorous hunt, I managed to wean the list to a nice Top 10 and from there, after subjecting ourselves to brunches weekend after weekend, we eventually came up with our Top 5! The things we do in the name of research!

The Top 5 that I will blog about are in no particular order. In my opinion, neither is better than the other and each one has its own uniqueness and special little something. And of course, a prerequisite to make it into the Top 5; good coffee!

A beautiful, sunny morning, good company and great food and service. That pretty much sums up my Saturday. I had been to Casa Bianchi a few times before and I had been dying to take Marinda there. Finally, today, we managed to find the time to head up to Mt Hawthorn to try this, as Marinda put it, infamous cafe that I had been talking up.

Casa Bianchi is a little nursery cafe off Scarborough Beach Road and it's beautiful. Green, calming and charming. I feel like I'm in a little haven despite it being a busy cafe. With the trees to shadow the brunt of the sun, it's not overly hot in the warm Australian sun. Even in winter here, when the weather is nice, it can still get pretty toasty if you've been in the sun for too long.

The service was great here. The staff were very attentive and polite and when they got my coffee order wrong, they were on it straight away and brought me out the right coffee with a smile and apology. To me, it wasn't even a big deal but it was nice how they remedied the situation quickly.

There is fresh juice on the menu along with your usual coffees. The cappuccino was a little different with some salt sprinkled on top of the froth along with the usual chocolate powder. A little strange for my tastes but I wouldn't say it was bad.

The food was fantastic! I had the Field Mushroom dish and how can you go wrong with mushrooms piled on top of buttery, toasted bread and spinach? You can't! I've read in some of the reviews that they use bagged bread from the local supermarket, but I personally didn't think it was a bad thing. I thoroughly enjoyed my wholemeal toast in all its buttery greatness!

Ambiance   ★★★★
Service       ★★★★
Food           ★★★
Drinks         ★★★★
Value          ★★★

Price $ (Under $15 per main) - Cash only, ATM machine available next door

I've read on Urbanspoon some really bad reviews of this place but I honestly rate this place highly. As I read through all the bad reviews, I found that I completely disagreed with what a lot of people were saying. I thought the service was great, the food was delicious and if I get a second coffee, which I did here, that means the coffee is good!

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