38 Peninsula Road, Maylands
Tel: 08 9272 4491
Open: Tues – Fri:7:00 am-9:00 pm, Sat:8:00 am-9:00 pm, Sun:8:00 am-4:00 pm
Ah Maylands. A melting pot of cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles. It has to be one of the more interesting Perth suburbs around what with it’s melting pot of cultures coupled with the juxtaposition of new and old, rich and poor and so on. Since my Maylands days, the suburb is really starting to come to life pushed by the redevelopment of Eighth Avenue/Whatley Crescent precinct, and thus various quality cafes are popping up to widen your choice from Rifos, Leos or bust. There’s even a Flight Centre (you know you’ve made it when a FC opens up in your area). But never fear, the gun shop is still there in case you’re wondering (gun shop WTF? Only in Maylands!).
Speaking of cafes, I recently took Little Monkey to the newest cafe to hit Maylands, Piccos Kitchen, situated away from the hubub of Eighth Ave, down off Peninsula Avenue near the Swan River. It’s a nice area, however the group of unassuming shops where Piccos lives looks a little sad and dated.
The interior of Piccos is decked out in what is becoming the stock-standard funky eclectic style of new Perth cafes. There’s a mis-mash of furniture, a funky Chesterfield for lounging about on, artwork for sale on the walls, menus on clipboards, fresh baked goods displayed at the counter – you get the idea.
In the corner is a children’s play area complete with a blackboard wall, kids table/chairs, books and crayons to keep the poppets amused while Mum/Dad try and neck some coffee in relative peace. Piccos also possesses a decent children’s menu. It’s almost like they’re encouraging you to bring your offspring, where in a lot of cafes the opposite is the case.
I won’t talk too much about the food, as we only sampled a couple of items, but what I did have was quality. My bacon, egg and brie ‘butty’ consisted of a fresh lightly toasted roll with bacon, fried egg, melted brie and sauce. It was delicious, however the chewy rind was left on the bacon which was an annoyance. Little’ Monkey’s toast was on the burned side of dark, but still edible. I had no complaints about my coffee. I was surprised to hear that they don’t do fresh juices, so I was left to grab a bottle of juice from the fridge.
The breakfast menu is a pretty interesting read, and I also had a peak at the dinner menu which is written on butcher’s paper hanging on the wall, which I’m told changes daily. It looked interesting, and it was nice to see that the majority of the dishes fell under $30 dollars per main (the exception being the steak). I’m told they even do pizzas.
I was able to have a quick chat to Adam, the chef and owner, about his business which he tells me is going great guns. Business is so good in fact, that he has just employed another chef that he will be training to free him up to focus on developing other aspects of the business. From the sounds of it, Adam and the team have put in much effort to ensure Piccos is a success, and I must say it has all the makings of a great local cafe.
Piccos is a comfortable and friendly neighbourhood cafe, it really has that local feel – welcoming all and alienating none. The menu is interesting and fresh, and I’m keen to return to try and dinner menu.
Piccos is a great addition to the Maylands cafe/dining scene.