The essentials: 616 Beaufort Street Mount Lawley WA
Open: 6.30am to 5.30pm daily
Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley is renowned for hosting one of the best café strips in Perth. Every weekend the strip is bustling with people and there is a vast array of breakfast spots to satisfy your average morning appetite.
We heard Lawley’s was a European style boutique bakery specialising in traditional sourdough breads and pastries. Although this place isn’t renowned for its breakfast menu, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tempt my tastebuds with baked goods.
As you walk through the door your senses are immediately ignited by the smell of roasting coffee and freshly baked bread. The glass cabinets and shelves are packed full of homemade style salad rolls, delicious looking pastries and an endless display of rustic breads.
It was just before 9am and the small seating area was already buzzing with people, the customers varying from families, to couples, to older patrons reading the newspaper. There is a typical Mount Lawley feel to this place – art and music posters covering the walls and the music was generous, giving the place a pleasant upbeat vibe.
The breakfast menu is quite impressive, two pages of unique breakfast options, each designed to flaunt different aspects of their bakery. I wasn’t feeling particularly hungry so I opted for a toasted ham and cheese croissant with a béchamel sauce ($4). My breakfast companion chose the breakfast bagel; with bacon, tomato, mushrooms and an egg cooked to his liking – he chose poached ($8.95). There were 11 bagel flavours to chose from; plain, sesame, rock salt, cracked pepper, blueberry and poppy seed to name a few.
My breakfast arrived very quickly from the kitchen, the plate garnished with paprika and rocket leaves. Overall the croissant was dry on the ends and not as buttery or smooth as I would have liked, however this was mainly due to the pastry being slightly over toasted. I felt there was just enough filling in the croissant and the béchamel sauce complimented the dish very well.
The bagel arrived some time later, with the fillings stacked upon each other. The mushrooms gave this dish a nice earthy flavour, while the tomato gave it a burst of freshness. The poached egg was cooked to perfection, the yolk oozing through the dish and bringing different elements together, the bagel itself was perfectly doughy and the poppy seeds gave it a slightly nutty flavour. Overall I felt both dishes were executed well.
Will I be returning to Lawley’s? Absolutely, you can’t beat breakfast for two for under $15.