The northern suburbs coffee scene is on the rise, and Carine's Regular Coffee Company is the latest to join the ranks. Sitting in a newly built set of stores that are still looking for tenants, we can't wait to see what pops up next to this stunning cafe.
And when we say stunning, we mean it. There are polished concrete walls, hexagon shaped tiles and tables, loads of indoor plants and let's not forget that baby pink wall! The shop front’s floor-to-roof windows fold up to fill the space with fresh air and so much natural light—it's an Instagrammers' dream. You'll want to park yourself at a table for the entire day—luckily the high tables by the wall also have power plugs and they've got wi-fi, so you can! The cosy pair of sofas and big table at the back mean you can look into the kitchen and watch the chefs working away on your buttermilk pancakes, but unfortunately watching them cook doesn't make your food come any faster.
One look at the schmancy coffee machine—it's a Sanremo Opera 2.0 for the coffee nerds among us—and you know they mean business, which isn't surprising considering one of the owners is Jacob Chapman who used to work at Higher Grounds in East Perth. The staff will happily chat to you about the coffee beans they are currently grinding—and you'll be pleased to know they are supporting local coffee roasters like Perth’s Twin Peaks Coffee Roasters, as well as occasional single origins from Melbourne’s Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters. The tea selection here is larger than at most cafes, with Perth's own Teassential's oolong, white peony and pu-erh sitting on the shelf in their large glass jar containers.
When it comes to food, make sure you keep an eye on the specials board behind the counter for goodies like their breakfast ramen. Yes. Breakfast. Ramen. But if that's not on offer, never fear, there's a good range of brunch options on the menu with varying degrees of healthy choices—from ham hock hash cake to a green bowl filled with quinoa, broccoli, mushrooms and sunflower seeds.
The breakfast burrito is a winner, stuffed with chunks of chorizo, a black bean salsa, spinach, cheddar cheese and a hint of jalapeno—with some homemade tortilla chips on the side for good measure. If you're craving smashed avo (when aren't we?) theirs is served on sourdough with feta, sweet chilli jam on the side, pumpkin seeds on top and a spoon of pumpkin puree on the plate and will do the job!
There's also plenty to feast your eyes on in the display fridge, like homemade cakes, sandwiches, pies bagels and a gigantic home-made sausage roll that we can't wait to try!
Image credit: Louise Coghill