Dan and I ventured to Laika Coffee in Lathlain on a rainy Saturday morning and were surprised that, even with the wet weather, this little café was pumping.
Once seated we were greeted by our fast and friendly staff with water and glasses brought to our table. Our order was also taken quickly, and I do love table service which gives a big tick to Laika.
The café is laid out in an L shape with the counter and kitchen in the middle. It is modern industrial style and with the mixture of share and single tables, it creates a community feel.
Even though it was cold we couldn’t go pass a fresh juice and chose the pressed earth strawberry fields juice ($6.50) made with strawberry, apple and pineapple served in a large jar and good value for the price.
Although they were busy, our food came out quickly and I even noticed the same for the people sitting next to us, which again gave them another tick.
For brunch I ordered the Laika stack ($19.50) consisting of New York rye bread, avo smash, grilled haloumi, poached egg, broccolini and paprika oil.
The dish was presented nicely, the mix of flavours was perfect with the paprika oil cutting through the avocado adding a freshness to the dish along with the acidity of the tomatoes and the decadent haloumi.
My only criticism was the broccolini was blanched so lightly that it was hard to cut through, I do prefer my vegetables more cooked.
Dan ordered the Mexican quesadilla scram ($22) made with a lupin flour tortilla, grilled chorizo, Mexican style black bean salsa, jalapeño scrambled eggs, avocado, sour cream and coriander.
It was a generous serving and was presented nicely. The eggs, chorizo, avocado and quesadilla all worked well together creating a fiesta of flavours.
I was a little hesitant of the spice when Dan offered me a taste but they had used the spicy flavours beautifully and it wasn’t overpowering at all.
Overall, with the amazing friendly service, delicious food and speed of our food being served we give Laika 4 spoons.
I’m looking forward to spring and visiting again when the sun is out.
Laika Coffee, 11 Lathlain Place, Lathlain
Phone: 0497 009 335