You might expect Esprezzo Cafe, located inside Noranda Shopping Village, to be one of those terrible shopping center cafes – you know what I mean, all bain-marie meat pies and horrific coffee – but you’d be wrong. Esprezzo is a community-minded cafe that provides fresh food, organic fair trade coffee and friendly service, and could hold its own anywhere in Perth.

I’ve been meaning to visit Esprezzo for some time, and have been past it on a few Saturday mornings when it’s been too full to attempt entry. Today being a Thursday, I headed down just after 8am and was  surprised to see things in full swing, as I knew that they had been making coffee for the team at the WA Stands Together: The Nine News Bushfire Appeal until late last night.

All thoughts of Esprezzo being just another cafe are gone when you look at the fit-out, even down to the quality of the chairs. There’s great attention to detail here, such as a menu board hanging on the side of each table. Some of the complimentary water jugs are full of lemon and herbs, as  you can see in the photograph above. There are many Perth cafes that could learn a few lessons from Esprezzo in how to look after their customers.

Esprezzo is open from 8am-5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Of course the day always starts with coffee, and my long mac was rather good. Coffee comes in all its usual forms, as well as cold brew which is certainly not something you expect to find in a shopping center. Esprezzo use their own specialised blends that are created in conjunction with roaster Dimattina, and also offer a large selection of organic teas, cold pressed juices, smoothies and kambucha.

Esprezzo has just launched a new breakfast menu, and you can see a slightly out-of-date one here, although about half of the dishes have remained.

Some of the more interesting items include coconut panna cotta with granola, poached pear and seasonal fruits ($17), the “ultimate fritatta” with baby spinach, roast capsicum, sweet potato, asparagus, avocado & cheese ($19) and French-toast style brioche stuffed with Nutella, grilled banana, macerated strawberries, toasted organic coconut chips and fresh yoghurt ($18).

You can also get eggs on toast ($11.50) with the usual add-ons, and some not-so-usual ones such as smashed chilli pumpkin ($5). The counter fridge  was stocked with a fine array of sweet & savoury goodies, and the savoury tarts in particular looked all rustic and delicious.

I was tempted to try the chorizo & corn cakes with avocado smash, chilli relish, asparagus, feta, greens and seed mix ($19), but instead chose the “dippy eggs”, two soft-boiled eggs with buttered brioche soldiers and tomato relish ($11.50) and some high-quality bacon on the side ($5). I wondered about the relish, but it was really tasty – just a hint of curry – and went well with everything else on the plate.

It’s been years since I’ve had soft-boiled eggs – a distant childhood memory, in fact – although I don’t remember them being served with brioche at home! I always like to try different breakfast dishes and although this one was pretty traditional at its core, it’s not something you find on many cafe menus. Fantastic.

So there you have it. I had a feeling Esprezzo was going to be good, and I wasn’t disappointed. I will definitely be going back to try the chorizo & corn cakes, and it’s great to know that there’s somewhere around Noranda to get great coffee. Highly recommended.