I pride myself on knowing just about every pocket of Perth, but when Fika On Brix opened a little over a month ago I had never heard of Beckenham before. And that’s not entirely surprising because, while it’s not too far from the city, it feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. But, after scoping it out I can confirm it is 100% worth the drive; their breakfast is one of the best I have eaten all year. Possibly ever!
Situated right next to Mills Park (which is home to an awesome playground FYI), Fika On Brix is everything you dream about when it comes to cafes in Perth; packed to the brim with glorious Scandinavian vibes paired with killer coffee.
In Swedish Fika means “to have coffee”, and let me tell you, the brew they are cultivating at Fika On Brix will blow your mind. They have all the regular suspects on the menu, plus filtered cold brew and batch brew coffees. Oh, and their resident barista is officially one of the best in Perth, no biggie. But it’s not just the coffee I left raving about. The crew at Fika On Brix serve only the best Prana chai sourced from India, and delicious, artisan teas (the Barossa Breakfast takes the cake).
When it comes to food, good luck narrowing down your selection! The menu is full of goodness from baked eggs and poached pear porridge to chicken katsu bao—even a wagyu beef burger.
Having heard great things about the brioche French toast I had to find out what all the fuss was about, along with the beef bulgogi hash (because I can’t get enough of Korean eats). And because you only live once, I also ordered the trio of garlic mushrooms, because why the hell not?
Loaded with black sesame custard, fresh strawberries and a granola nut crumble, the brioche French toast comes with dollops of lemon curd for your dipping pleasure. Having eaten a lot of French toast in my time, I can safely say this is my absolute favourite. It’s not too sweet, the black sesame custard is extremely moreish and pairs nicely with the zing of the berries and lemon curd.
I’m a huge fan of anything with potatoes in it and the beef bulgogi hash definitely did not disappoint in this department. Heaps of spicy potato hash gems covered with juicy pulled beef bulgogi and edamame are topped with a perfectly cooked fried egg. Dare I say it, this dish makes me want to never see another smashed avo in my life. I know, I know. BIG call.
And then there’s the trio of garlic mushrooms. While not as mind blowing as the French toast and the bulgogi hash, this dish is simple yet extremely tasty. Three types of mushrooms are cooked in garlic butter and piled high on toasted rye sourdough, before being topped with goat’s feta, rocket and a poached egg, then drizzled with a balsamic glaze. How can you go wrong?
It’s tricky to choose a stand out dish, so I’m not going to. They were all fantastic.
So next time you’re in the ‘hood or up for a bit of a suburban adventure, hit up Fika On Brix. While you’re there take a gander at their impressive cake cabinet. Everything is made on site and I can confirm that the mandarin, olive oil and moscato syrup cake is delectable.
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