We haven’t been to Lathlain before, so we decided to check out a local eatery in the area.
Laika, formerly a washing machine workshop, is a large casual café with its own in-house roastery. Dining is casual with plenty of seating inside and out. Meals are $24 or less.
We chose the Laika stack and noodle salad.
The stack consisted of toasted New York rye bread with avocado smash, grilled haloumi, grilled broccolini, roasted cherry tomatoes and poached egg.
The bread stack was nicely crunchy with lashings of smashed avo in between. The broccolini was lightly grilled with a pleasant bite. This was atop the stack with a few rocket leaves in the mix. The poached egg was scrumptious, especially so when broken over the haloumi. Very pleasing meal.
A large bowl arrived with a liberal serving of noodle salad looking delicious and very edible. The finely diced carrot and cabbage was crunchy and fresh and with the roasted cashews and ginger, soy dressing made it a meal to remember. A generous serve of mixed herbs was tossed through the dish but unfortunately one herb was a little overpowering; nonetheless a meal well enjoyed.
The cafe is tucked into Lathlain Place situated near the large Lathlain Football Oval which is an easy walk from Victoria Park railway station.
Lathlain is a suburb that has beautiful tree-lined streets with the added extra scenery of the lovely legs of the practising footy players. Whoooo! what a bonus.
Kitchen opening hours are 7am-2pm all days.
Laika, 11 Lathlain Place, Lathlain
0497 009 335
Open daily – 6.30am to 2.30pm.