Weekends in winter are a great time for brunch. Well any weekends are really, but our sunny winters mean you can rug up, beanie up and get your grub on. And that’s something I love to do, especially if it means I can get some time with my partner Jeremy who’s schedule means we can often be passing ships in the night.
Recently I was invited to try a new cafe in Beckenham called Fika on Brix. It’s definitely a lengthy drive to get there from our hood, but after spying some delicious looking dishes online, I was keen to give it a go. So off we piled into our new car (yay!) and headed on down.
Fika (Swedish pronunciation [²fiːka]) is a concept in Swedish (and Finnish) culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie.
The cafe is a new addition to Perth’s dining scene, with a menu that has a slight Asian twist to some breakfast classics. Located at Mills Park, it’s a big and bright space with subway tiles, pink accents and pops of greenery. Very contemporary and full of eye candy, including a cabinet full of baked goods.
While soaking in some sunshine, we placed our order at the counter. For me, it was a prana chai infused with milk ($4.50) and brioche french toast ($17.00).
The chai was lovely and spiced, and the french toast was comprised of two soft brioche slices served with black sesame custard, fresh strawberries, lemon curd and granola nut crumble. It looked as pretty as a picture, and definitely screamed ‘eat me’!
I thought the french toast was well balanced, and managed to stay away from being too sweet. The custard was definitely plentiful, and so you needed the zingy fresh strawberry slices to cut through the richness. A few more wouldn’t have gone astray in my opinion! The crumble around the outside was the perfect touch – crunchy and so tasty.
Jeremy warmed up his belly with a Barossa breakfast tea ($4.50) and the bulgogi beef hash ($19.50) which came with spiced potato hash, pulled bulgogi beef, edamame, chilli and a fried egg.
It was sweet and spicy, the beef full of flavour. I prefer my hash dishes to have crispy potatoes which this didn’t, just because I like the texture. However this did have the pops of edamame to provide that to an extent – but if the potatoes were crunchy I think it would have really elevated it.
That being said, he really enjoyed the dish, as I did with mine too. Fika on Brix is a cute little spot, with welcoming staff and familiar yet exciting flavours. Whether you’re south or north of the river, it’s worth the drive to check out.