In my final years of high school, I spent nearly everyday watching the development of the small, suburban shopping strip along Bay View Terrace transform into the contemporary, cosmopolitan shopping mall that is Claremont Quarter today. Unfortunately for me in my teen years, there wasn't really much to go from; Hungry Jacks and the occasional smoothie from Lemon Espresso was the stock standard after school treat option. Fast forward to the last couple of years, and I can definitely say that school students that pass through Claremont every day definitely have the better end of the bargain. Claremont Quarter is one of the more versatile and polished complexes around Perth; with a variety of boutique stores, general services, cafes and grocery options that are sure to suit any of it's customer's needs.
Speaking of nostalgia; where the memorable Claremont Fresh once stood, now lies Claremont's latest attraction. Having had friends who use to work checkout at Claremont Fresh, it was definitely surprising to discover that the place had gone from gourmet food retailer, to Perth's latest food buzz; an in house coffee roaster and cafe.
Conceptually, I think it provides a complete and unique experience for customers (especially those coffee enthusiasts out there) to see as much of the coffee making process as possible. Typika not only provides that opportunity, but also have used their service space really well by boasting a bustling and intriguing vibe and creating a variety of seating options. Despite it being in the hike of brunch time and with almost a full house, I still managed to get a table quite promptly and was introduced to the adorable post wine bottle, water glasses!
Typika's prerogative revolve around their ability to emulate fresh green coffee beans into their complex and full flavoured roasted form. I was looking for a stronger morning buzz than usual and requested for my Long Mac to be topped three quarters instead of full. The espresso definitely carried a robust and rich flavour that could rival my current favourite from Elixir Coffee, which coincidentally can also be found along Stirling Hwy. It was an intensively satisfying cup, and this alone is enough to entice me back to Typika. However, one downfall was being provided with a full paged menu dedicated to drinks, with the added inconvenience of not having any actual prices listed.
Mushroom and Feta always works, Rocket and Balsamic always works... and crêpes? Well, they work with pretty much everything. Conceptually, this was a great dish - what doesn't work though, is unnecessary micro herbs! They definitely didn't elevate the dish's flavour nor texture. To be honest, I was disappointed that there was only one crêpe, purely because I enjoyed the generously stuffed filling so much! The swiss browns and enokis were especially promenant and well complimented by the delicious calender feta. It was a delicious breakfast and certainly posed a very good impression onto me about the food at Typika, albeit the serving size being a little small for it's $18.00 price tag.
Honestly, when there are so many aspects that scream out to me in one description line of a menu, it means that chances are, it's going to end up on the table! I'm a huge fan of the bacon/maple combination, and even more so of sweet and salty combinations, namely salted caramel. Using actual salted caramel sauce is something that I haven't seen yet on Perth Breakfast Menus and it was definitely a much welcomed twist on what you would expect from traditional French Toast. The inclusion of whole fresh banana was also a generous addition, as were the slices crispy bacon as advertised. It's the perfect dish for people like me who are often met with a fork in the road of whether or not to indulge in a sweet or savoury breakfast!
There are too many delight filled jars and cakes for every preference that are extensively displayed at the front counter of Typika; next time I come back - coffee and cakes, and their lunch menu addition, Miso-Cured Beef will definitely be on the agenda! By the time I was ready to leave, there was a small line of customers that were waiting for a table and a smaller group of customers waiting to pay - it was a little scattered and my only criticism is that even though the service was efficient, it seemed as though it was for the sake of faster customer turnover, rather than for the sake great hospitality. All in all, Typika has definitely exceeded my expectations, and despite the mixed reviews going around; I would definitely love to return and enjoy more meals here in the future.
Daily, 7am - 4pm.
Breakfast till 11:30am on Weekdays, and 3pm on Weekends. Lunch from 11:30 onwards.