On a glorious sunny morning in Perth and being the first day of summer we thought we would try the Botanical Cafe at one of Western Australia’s best parks – Kings Park.
Kings Park is spacious and vibrantly green, only a 5 minute drive from the central business district of Perth it is a must see for anyone new and old to the city. The main part of the park where the cafe is located is perfectly manicured and the rest of the park is a canvas of Australian native bush. Most people come to Kings Park for a picnic on the grass, BBQ at the playground, sight see the war memorial, take a photo with the 750 year old Boab tree and watch a movie under the stars.
The park is also popular for fitness fanatics, I often go to Kings Park to exercise after work in the evenings, it has such a wonderful atmosphere and walking from Jacobs Ladder to the Kokoda Track I am always in awe of the city view, it is the perfect motivation.
The Botanical Cafe is next door to Fraser’s Restaurant and offers a casual eatery environment to sit down and enjoy some food and drinks.
Breakfast at the Botanical Cafe is served until 11.30 am and orders are taken at the counter but be sure to pick a table number first or you will be caught out at the counter like we were trying to choose a table with a queue of people behind.
The cafe is in a beautiful elevated position with excellent alfresco and indoor seating options. There is a view in the backdrop to enjoy even if you are sitting inside as you can see from my photo. There are plenty of free copies of the newspaper to read and a water stand with ice.
The coffees were great and if you happen to be in Kings Park and want to enjoy the view of the city and hills, I would recommend stopping in for at least a coffee.
The eggs benedict came with a rather thin slice of toast and my tart was on the small side, considering it was priced at $16.00. A side of grilled tomatoes or fresh salad would have been a great addition. A photo tells a story of a thousands words and that is our meals clearly were overpriced!
Botanical Eggs Benedict $16.00
Field Mushroom Tart with eggs – $16.00
Overall the food was tasty, service was average and the prices expensive! The food portions were on the small side leaving us feeling disappointed and ripped off. Kings Park attracts thousands of travellers a year and I would hate to think their impression of the cafe with such expensive prices. Like most places in touristy spots, there is no competition so the service and quality of food lacks a great deal.
The cafe is a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings but I am not sure that we would return. It is easy to bring along a picnic and takeaway coffee, there are cheaper and quality places in the city.
The Breakfast Menu at Botanical Cafe
Perth skyline, river and hills view from Kings Park Botanic Gardens