Moore & Moore Cafe, Fremantle (and win an iPad mini)

For a true “Freo” cafe experience, you can’t go past Moore & Moore Cafe.  Tucked away in a side street, this warehouse conversation in the historic Moore building means that there is enough space for more than a cafe. A big area is reserved for exhibitions that the Fremantle Arts Centre operate.

From now until 5 July, the Professional Photographers Exhibition is on, and it is fantastic.

Pro Photo Exhibition at Moore & Moore. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Pro Photo Exhibition at Moore & Moore. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Whether you like to watch the world go by from a pavement table, get cosy on a couch cupping a coffee, sit a big wooden table with your nearest and dearest, or soak up some sun in the court yard out the back, there’s a space at Moore & Moore that you will just love.

My only criticism is the order at the counter service. I do prefer to be waited on.  On the flip side, if you are going with a group, everyone can pay for their own at the counter so that makes bill splitting unnecessary.

I love the courtyard for relaxed meals, and the front room for business coffee meetings.  Moore & Moore isn’t a loud clanky cafe like so many in Fremantle are. It’s important to hear what your loved ones and friends are saying over a meal or a coffee, but doubly important to hear what a new client is saying too. That’s why I choose to meet a new client at Moore & Moore the other day, because I knew I’d be able to hear her! And of course because their coffee is legendary.

Don’t you just loathe it when you in are in a restaurant and you can’t hear your dining companions talk, so a conversation becomes a necessary shouting match?

WIN:  The guys at DineHear are giving away one of three iPad minis just for nominating how your favourite restaurant sounds.  Check out the video here.

I reviewed Moore & Moore late last year after a fabulous breakfast in the back courtyard – to read it, click here.Moore&Moore

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Moore & Moore Café
46 Henry St, Fremantle WA 6160
T: 08 9335 8825
http://www.mooreandmoorecafe.com

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Disclosure: The DineHear component is sponsored. All opinions about Moore & Moore are Travelletto’s own.

Coffee experiment

This morning, I experimented to see which method would make the best coffee. Using WA’s Yahava coffee, I prepared it three ways:

1. The Vietnamese way using a drip cup I bought from Vietnam recently

2. Plunger

3. Italian cafeteria, electric model

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To ensure that my bias didn’t play a role in determining the outcome, Zorba participated in a blind tasting.

The one I thought would come up on top, the Italian cafeteria, was in fact our least favourite. The coffee was watery, lacked robustness and generally would only be the sort of coffee I’d drink if there was nothing else but instant.

The plunger did a nice job, although there was a bit of sediment at the bottom of the cup that wasn’t overly pleasant.

The Vietnamese drip cup made the best brew. The coffee was robust, slightly thick, and tasted rounded. Perhaps is was because the coffee is steamed first?  The way it works is that you load two teaspoons of ground coffee inside the cup. Up turn the lid and place a little boiling water in the lid and sit the loaded up drip cup on top for two minutes. This steams the coffee. According to one Vietnamese chef, this step is crucial to making good coffee.  After the coffee has steamed (you won’t notice any difference to the coffee – looks just the same), sit the drip cup over a mug, fill it with boiling water, put on the lid on and wait.  It takes about four minutes for the luscious coffee to all drip through.

Vietnamese drip cup over a mug

Vietnamese drip cup over a mug

I was surprised, I didn’t expect this little drip cup that cost me $0.50 (yes, 50 cents) to work so well.  I should’ve bought a truck load of them!

Vietnam is the world’s second largest producer of coffee. That was news to me until I travelled there. I guess they know a thing or two about making good coffee, and once you go there and witness the coffee culture for yourself, you won’t be surprised either.

Verdict:  Vietnames drip cup makes the best coffee.

p.s. sorry that the full post wasn’t on display initially – had a glitch in the system.

Fourtyseven Kirwin Street Cafe, Floreat, Perth – review

Fortyseven Kirwin St is a busy and buzzy cafe tucked away in the streets of suburban Floreat. It is comfortable and has an airy cafe feel.  The coffee was good – so important to get that right.  The staff were attentive, even if we had to pounce to ask if my second cappuccino was on its way.

The food was quite good.  My African baked eggs with chickpeas, goats cheese and basil sounded unusual, so I had to try it. Verdict: it was tasty although I would have preferred the egg yolks to be runny, but it was still tasty and I ate it all up.

African baked eggs with chickpeas

My lovely friend opted for poached eggs on multigrain bread with tomatoes and spinach.  It looked great and she also happily ate it all up.

Poached eggs on multigrain toast with bacon, tomato and spinach

Wonderful way to start a Sunday morning – breakfast at a great suburban cafe that serves good coffee with lovely company.  The staff were happy for us to while away a couple of hours chatting despite the busy Sunday morning cafe trade.

There are no views to speak of – it is a little far from the beach, but if you are around the area, I can recommend Fortyseven Kirwin Strett.

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Fortyseven Kirwin Street
47 Kirwan St , Floreat, WA 6014
Tel: 08 9287 2819
on facebook.com

Open every day for breakfast and lunch.  No bookings. Arrive before 9.30am on Sunday if you don’t wish to wait for a table.
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Liberté, Albany’s coolest bar

This old pub building has been totally transformed into a French style art-deco-ish cafe, cocktail bar, wine bar and tea room. Libertè at The London Hotel in Albany, 450km south of Perth, Western Australia, is the seaside town’s coolest bar.

Owner Kester Solomon, a former Vegas professional poker player (true!), said that he wanted to create a place that was special, where women would feel welcome and want to dress up for a night out, as well as a place that offers locals different wines from the region and from around the world.

The cocktail bar hits you the face when you enter from Stirling Terrace with large murals of fashionista types proving the backdrop to a dark and seductive bar. It is very cool.

Cool cocktail bar

The corner bar is filled with light during the day and it is where you will find great coffee and a cute casual french bar / cafe atmosphere.  The wine list features some locals wineries as well as wines from further afield such as France, Spain and Italy. There is an extensive cocktail list also.

The tea rooms are ornately decorated in a French provincial style and I  can imagine that room would be filled with ladies chatting over high tea during one of the special high tea events held there.

Libertè is a sophisticated breath of fresh air into a town that used to once have a reputation for rough pubs filled with burly fisherman.  No longer.  Well done Kester. You’ve certainly wowed us.

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Libertè at The London Hotel
162 Stirling Terrace
Albany  Wa  6330
Tel: +61 (0)8 9847 4797

Open Mon – Sat early til evening and late night Wed – Sat.