Another morning, another breakfast date with the husband and this time, we headed down to Tarts in Northbridge.
This café is tucked away on the quieter northern side of Northbridge and it has gained a solid reputation for its fantastic coffee, fresh fare that changes daily and a relaxed community atmosphere.
This leafy end of Lake Street is an easy walk from the heart of Northbridge yet seems to be in another world. The neon lights of nightclubs and thumping music are replaced with locals casually walking their dogs and birds chirping in the trees.
It offers a range of sitting areas and atmospheres for informal corporate meetings, functions or just having a quiet coffee with good company.
As the breakfast crowd dawdle home and the lunch crew begin to arrive, mouth watering aromas from the kitchen replace the ever-present scent of coffee.
There’s always a range of healthy salads, Panini with gourmet fillings and tarts on offer, all of which are prepared fresh every day with top grade produce and tender loving care.
The most unique characteristic of Tarts is the range of giftware available from teas from T2, gourmet sauces from Simon Johnson, one-off pieces from local fashion designers, great travel and homeware books, sweet smelling body lotions and a great range of locally made jewellery are all for sale. A word of warning – if you find it hard to leave a shop (or cafe for that matter) empty handed, only take enough money for your coffee or food as the bits and bobs at Tarts are irresistible. If you’re not careful, coffee and lunch could quickly become a pricey affair.
Again we started with a coffee for John and a freshly squeezed juice for me. Loved the juice, a mixture of orange, green apple and watermelon that looks like a rainbow in a glass.
We decided to order something savory and sweet so we could both share it. So John ordered the roasted vegetable tart where you could see layers of vegetables amongst the eggs and cheese. Just what John wanted for breakfast, it was served warmed and had a lovely baked pastry as well.
I ordered the pancakes served with berry compote, maple syrup and cream and I have to say the presentation was all over the shop. It was delicious though with fluffy pancakes stacked up and topped with a generous serve of maple syrup and berry compote. I can’t say much for the cream, it wasn’t whipped just dollops of thickened cream chucked around the plate.
Although, we were both full after breakfast and headed out for grocery shopping. Breakfast cost us around $40 which is pretty reasonable. You’ll need to make your order at the counter but the food were served rather quickly.
On the whole, 7 ½ for the food quality, 7 ½ for the atmosphere, 7 ½ for pricing and 8 for service.
212 Lake St
Tel: 9328 6607
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 6pm