Going to the chapel and we’re gonna eat breakfast. Chapels On Whatley that is.
The Maylands cafe and tea house is a burst of colour, flavour and detail as soon as you step through the rickety wooden doors.
B & I met up for breakfast on a chilly Saturday morning to find the cafe buzzing. I’ve visited Chapels in the past with my sister, and I know it’s probably best to book, but B and I took our chances and luckily we managed to score a table for an hour – yes, it was reserved for someone else. Busy busy!
Chapels menu features the usual breakfast tokens as well as interesting Asian fusion dishes. As I wasn’t feeling very adventurous I went with the Scrambled Egg and Smoked Salmon Bagel ($17) and I was very impressed. I’m very picky with scramble, and I’ve experienced rubbery, tasteless eggs on more than one cafe outing, but Chapels scramble was absolutely scrumptious. The eggs were creamy and cheesy. The wilted spinach added a burst of freshness and colour to the dish and the bagel was fresh, nutty and tasty. The smoked salmon was on par with the rest of the meal, delicious, and the serving was very generous.
Chapels features an extensive tea menu (and bottomless tea), but I needed fuel so coffee was the plan. One soy flat white later and I was feeling very awake. The coffee was smooth and creamy, but nothing to rave about. I’ve had a lot of wonderful coffees lately so sadly I’m becoming a little picky. Next time I’ll try a tea or berry frappe.
My favourite thing about Chapels is the design and decor. Dark wooden tables fill the exposed brick building. Colourful Chinese lanterns hang from the roof creating a romantic feel, and bright exotic prints and plates hang on the walls. Staff are friendly and polite, and our (training) waitress was professional and on the ball. It just really adds to the entire experience. You can also purchase cards, preserves and tea at Chapels that would make gorgeous gifts. It’s a bit of a beautiful haven really.
Are you an Asian fusion fan?