POSITIONED high on the spit of land between the Indian Ocean and the Swan River in North Fremantle, Café Isthmus is the perfect breakfast or lunch spot for those who want to meet halfway between Freo and the western suburbs.
The menu boasts light lunch and classic breakfast options, with Isthmus putting its own twist on them.
For example, eggs benedict, $16, is given an (optional) kick with Sriracha spiced hollandaise, bringing the go-to hangover cure to a whole new level. Thank god this place is only a short stagger from my house.
The espresso french toast, $15, is not your usual maple sweet concoction. Served with a marsala and coffee marscapone, and oven-roasted stone fruit, it is a mature take on the traditional breakfast dish, and my foodie friend from Sydney, a city that fancies itself in the culinary stakes, says it is certainly unlike anything she’s tried before.
Choosing the smoked salmon hash ($19) she said the combination of capers, capsicum, and hollandaise with salmon and potato was a “match made in heaven”.
Another friend chose the Huevos Rancheros ($15) and it featured all the hearty flavour you expect from the traditional Mexican dish; the perfect serving size meant you weren’t left feeling too full afterwards.
Coffee lovers rejoice, an extensive list of options, including cold brew, batch brew and single origin, mean you can add another location to the growing list of cafes in Perth that serve more than just flat whites.
by LUCINDA PEARSON