Bassendean hotspot Holly Raye’s café is one of those places I can see myself returning to again and again.
A couple of weeks ago, after a nice long walk down to the river with my two besties, with a baby and toddler in tow, we were more than ready for a big, delicious, healthy(ish) late brekky and excited to see what Holly Raye’s had to offer.
Before I go on though I think it’s only fair that I come clean about a couple of things – I don’t like coffee, tea or eggs (unless they’re in cake). I know, I know, it’s like breakfast sacrilege, right? It means that I’ll never be able to review foamy coffees or share egg porn with you, but it also means that I’m always on the lookout for a brekky that offers more vegetarian options than pancakes or eggs on toast – and Holly Raye’s sure hit that spot.
In addition to a couple of sourdough toast options, the menu here has SIX vegetarian options and only two of these included eggs! Hallelujah! It’s not often that I have a hard decision choosing what to order because there are so many options, but on this day it was really tricky!
The sticky gingerbread with vanilla mascarpone, treacle toffee sauce, poached pear and campfire marshmallow would have been perfect for a lazy indulgent Sunday morning; the breakfast guacamole and black beans with corn bread sounded like a tasty and hearty option (and it went down a treat with my friend who ordered it); and the AM Salad, ordered by our group’s third member, looked like the perfect option for a lunch that packed a punch, with its pearl barley, avocado, kale, almond, sauerkraut and boiled eggs.
After a bit of back-and-forth I decided on the acai bowl, which was blended together with bananas and nut milk and topped with house made granola, more banana, figs, peach and coconut, and I was not disappointed.
It was nice and cold and very refreshing, the granola was so crunchy and moreish, and the bright colours made me feel like I was treating myself to a super serving of antioxidants. Plus I love coconut so that was a winner for me. This bowl of goodness was definitely a lighter option but it didn’t sacrifice on taste, and it didn’t leave me feeling bloated or heavy, which was perfect after our long morning walk.
While the girls ordered coffees I found my drink options were a little limited, as there was only one juice available on weekdays, and on this day it was watermelon. I skipped it and stuck to water, but next time I’d be very keen to try the Mork hot chocolate with campfire marshmallow and peanut butter (because holly yum!).
As we sat outside I was only able to take a quick peak inside when I placed my order at the counter, but the set up here looks great. It had a lovely atmosphere with a modern but homey interior with cute blue accents and a funky mural outside; the staff were very helpful and attentive, the prices were very reasonable for the serving sizes and OMG the baked goods sitting on the counter looked absolutely amazing. Added bonus – the outside tables are dog friendly!
The verdict: With the killer veggie options and incredible looking sweet treats, I’ll definitely be back.
Holly Raye’s – James St, Bassendean
Open Tuesday to Sunday