Kettle Cafe, Lathlain
You wouldn’t expect a place like this would exist in an industrial area, yet away from the hustle and bustle of trucks, airplane flight paths and a busy main road. Fortunately, it does, and you’ll be thankful for it. I found Kettle Cafe by luck, as I had originally intended to go to the popular Victoria Park for brunch, but found Kettle Cafe on the internet, just north of Victoria Park. What inspired me to visit was that Kettle Cafe exists amongst parks and a nearby primary school, making it popular with mothers and little children. However when we visited, I noticed there were young and middle-aged couples, smaller groups of friends, and a few children with their mothers. The whole place is very open, with large windows lighting up the whole cafe. The cafe is still new, only just being opened in early 2013.
First things first, we didn’t know what three things were on this dish. Guisado is basically like a stew, Labne is a yoghurt cheese, and za’atar is Middle Eastern spice mixture. My boyfriend ordered this Pumpkin and chickpea guisado. It looked pretty impressive when it came to the table. The za’atar was scattered over the pot, and the baked Turkish bread was standing next to the pot. My boyfriend said the spice mixture was interesting at first but then he began to get bored of the flavour. The stew was watery – unsure whether that was the intention, however the eggs were perfectly poached. Unfortunately, it didn’t leave a remarkable impression on him.
Luckily for me, I was more satisfied with my dish. I ordered the sweet corn fritters, due to Urbanspoon comments that the dish was delicious. The dish itself was presented colourfully and beautifully. The fritters were layered between avocado, and topped with the coriander and spring onion salsa with the sour cream. The eggs were on the side, which were beautiful with the fritters. The strong flavour in the salsa was appreciated because of the blandness of the fritters, and it also gave a tang to the roasted peppers. The coriander got a bit overwhelming in the end so I didn’t finish all of the salsa. The sour cream also gave the dish extra tanginess.
I also ordered an iced chocolate which came in a tall glass, filled with chocolate on the side and a huge scoop of vanilla icecream. At first, it was more milky, however I gave it some time and it was the huge chocolate kick I needed. Yum!
This corner cafe is a great place to visit if you’re in the area, but don’t want to be on the busy side of Victoria Park. There is plenty of parking outside the cafe, and the staff are also quite friendly. I would recommend Kettle Cafe if you wanted to catch up with family or friends.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Address: 23 Lathlain Pl, Lathlain WA 6100
- Open Mondays to Fridays 7am to 4pm, Saturdays 7am to 3pm, and Sundays 8am to 2pm.
- Make sure you try a dessert – they all looked so delicious!