Cafes

Layup | The Verdict

By Tessa Gallagher - 17 Nov 2015

Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge
Best Cafe Northbridge

Layup is the name. Brunch is the game.

They’ve only been open a month but Northbridge cafe Layup’s brunch game is already proving strong.

Billing themselves as a Perth cafe that is all about ‘great coffee, house baked bread, killer brunch and providing awesome service to an awesome neighbourhood’, Layup is equal parts warm and friendly service, deliciously interesting food, good coffee and a lust-worthy interior.

Owner Brendan Ryan and head chef Tony Townley opened Layup after a background that spans some of Perth’s best cafes, bars and fine dining venues including Clarences, Gordon Street Garage, Cheeky Sparrow, and Pica Bar amongst others.

Food-wise, their focus is on making everything in house and that they do, from baking their own breads, pies, pastries and donuts to smoking/curing/pickling their own meats and vegetables.

It should be no surprise then that the food is exceptional. 

If it’s possible for one brunch item to reach cult status in a month, then the guacamole and pica de gallo with charred sourdough, smoked corn and jalapeno custard has done just that. It’s as tasty as it is insta-worthy. Other brunch stars include a mighty fine looking baked eggs dish (with feta and chorizo) and a house baked English muffin, with spiced sausage, smoked bacon and Wisconsin cheddar. Drool.

Heading in for a quick mid-day lunch, I was blown away by how beautiful the interior of this Brisbane Street cafe is. The high ceilings, exposed brickwork and rendered concrete walls give it an airy, industrial and minimalist feel, but the pops of timber, booth seating and gorgeous lighting ensures it still feels warm and beautiful.

As I tucked into my pressed lamb shoulder with organic buckwheat, pickled cauliflower, mint sauce, goat’s curd with cos, raddichio, candied walnut and parmesan cream salad, I promptly decided it was one of the tastiest things I’ve every had the pleasure of eating, the lamb literally falling apart on my fork.  

The classic steak sanga was also a winner and the sage and tarragon crispy chicken with a grilled stone fruit salad was fresh, flavoursome and punchy.

While it will be hard to come back and not order that divine lamb salad again (I’ve honestly been dreaming about it!), there is a huge menu spanning a multitude of delish looking dishes, alongside hand-made pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches and artery-clogging sweet treats (Bronut anyone?)

In the new year, the crew here are going to push to provide a boutique restaurant service and are also planning to use the space for bespoke functions and private bookings (FYI this place would make for an awesome party venue!)

Pardon my basketball pun but this place is a straight-up slam dunk. Welcome to the neighbourhood Layup, you guys are gonna fit in real good.

Want the location, opening hours, and all the details? Find Layup in The Directory! 

Image credit: Louise Coghill

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