A word to the wise. If you are considering breakfast at 8 Days Café in the leafy south eastern suburb of Armadale, come with an appetite. The servings are generous at this coffee focused café that occupies a sizeable corner site in the middle of the High St shopping strip.
I was invited in for a Taste of 8 Days – a chance to sample their quite extensive breakfast menu. The menu traverses the classics and will suit both savoury and sweet tooths alike.
The toasted Glicks bagel with smoked salmon, spinach, avocado, poached eggs & chilli lime hollandaise was one of the first dishes tasted. For me the test of any café who wants to be known for a good breakfast is how well they cook their eggs. This egg was perfect and oozed delightfully over the salmon when cut through.
Smashed avocado & Persian fetta with smoked bacon & poached eggs. The bread used at 8 Days Café comes from Noisette Bakery and their 6 grain that accompanied this dish was the perfect match for this different take on the well known smashed avocado.
The baked eggs with Tuscan bean cassoulét, salsicchia & petite rocket salad was perhaps my favourite of all the dishes. Rich, comforting flavours and beautiful presentation.
A Spanish omelette of potato, piquillo peppers, onions, jamon & rocket salad was vibrant and well balanced with not too much of any one element. The accompanying sauce romesco was a nice touch.
Prefer your breakfast sweet not savoury? Look no further than the French toast with poached pears, candied pistachios. For extra indulgence, the French toast is made using croissants! It was too sweet for this avowed savoury lover, but my sweeter companions could not get enough of it.
The coffee was well made and quick to come out, despite a fairly full and busy service. The staff were knowledgable, friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed, if a little noisy – but hey, what café isn’t a bit noisy when its full? The focus here is definitely on breakfast and lunch, but I am curious to try their dinners too (available wed – fri).
You might be wondering about the name. 8 Days? No – its not names after some obscure song or literary reference. It gets back to coffee. Freshly roasted coffee takes some time to settle. It’s thought to be at its best at 8 Days…