I’ll admit I’ve been stalking Holly Raye’s Cafe on Instagram since the early building stages and couldn’t wait to visit the new Bassendean hang out. We don’t visit the suburb very often but it was worth the wait and short trip up the highway. What a stunning little spot. The first thing you see when approaching the cafe is a bright and colourful Anya Brock piece covering the side of the building. The vibrant doggy art is actually a portrait of Holly Raye’s own pooch – now that is a dedication. The rest of the building is fresh and clean, with tables out the front for the dog lovers of course.
Stepping inside we were grateful to find a table in the small cafe. It was relatively busy on this Sunday morning and boiling hot outside so we were pleased to squeeze into a booth style seat right under the air conditioner. Score. Looking around the space I fell in love with the simplistic and modern styling. Copper coloured feature lights sat above the counter and the most amazing retro style aqua fridge was calling my name. I’ve never been much of an interior snob, but since E bought a house a few months back I’ve begun to appreciate the time and effort it takes to style a space, and Holly Raye’s got it right! Exposed brick and light wooden furniture completed the interior and it really is a little bit of modern heaven in the sleepy suburb.
The menu is pretty healthy with sweet and savoury options to please the crowds. After taking our time to decide I went with the Breakfast Guacamole & Black Beans on Jalapeño Cornbread ($18). The dish is gluten free and vegan so if you’re either of those there is something for you! E went with the Pulled Pork Benedict ($20) which would have been my second choice. My dish was full of flavour, not too spicy and very pretty to look at. It was refreshing with just enough zing. The corn bread was slightly sweet (as it should be) with a beautiful texture. It was the perfect base for the mountain of avocado chunks, fresh herbs and protein packed beans. Delicious! The serving was very generous too, and I’ll admit I couldn’t even finish my brekky!
E’s pork was melt in your mouth soft (of course I had to try it), and subtly flavoured. She said it could have been a little sweeter, but no complaints on my end. I’ve tried too many pulled pork dishes that are so overly seasoned that you lose the pork flavour, and I prefer my meat to taste like meat, haha! The poached eggs were cooked perfectly and the hollandaise was tasty (although she did say she wished it had more though). Piled high on thick cut toast the dish looked and tasted delicious. Note the cute retro plates! My grandmother had these back in the day, I just love them!
Of course I ordered a coffee, and thankfully Holly Raye’s offers a mug sized brew. My Soy Long Macchiato was smooth, subtle and very impressive. No latte art, but we all know how soy loves to “clump” when heated. The coffee is by local roasters Micrology Coffee Roasters, perfect for even the snobbiest of coffee snobs. The cold drink menu is pretty extensive, including smoothies and juices, and E’s Cloudy Apple Juice was zesty and refreshing, the right drink to balance her rich meal. Amazing interiors, stunning colourful Anya Brock out the front and smiley staff to brighten your morning, I’ll be back for sure to pursue the sweets cabinet! Cinnamon jam donut anyone?
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