METRICO & CO, North Perth
by JENNY D’ANGER:
Landing at Metrio & Co in North Perth for lunch was more good luck than good planning.
Angove Street has blossomed in recent years and is full of trendy eateries, so I might have just as easily gone to one or other of them.
But it was belting down and blowing a gale so a parking spot almost outside was the deciding factor.
Inside, the rustic decor and warm welcome was in stark contrast with the weather outside.
If you could bottle the beaming smile of the bloke behind the counter you could run the Collie power station for a year.
The glass cabinet he presided over was groaning under the weight of a delicious array of tasty delectables.
If I was a meat eater the lamb, harissa and almond sausage rolls would have attracted my attention, and the Mexican meat pies looked very tempting.
But I’m not, so instead I tossed up between the tuna, basil and feta cakes, or the chickpea and pumpkin patties ($9.90).
Topped with wilted spinach and caramalised onion the patties won out.
And coupled with a fantastic bean salad and a barley and rocket salad ($6) I wasn’t complaining as I chowed down.
My lunch companion went for the bacon and risotto balls, also with salad ($15.90).
She lives in the area and reckoned they were so good Metrio is about to become her new favourite haunt (as it is for many North Perth folk).
A couple of slabs of cake, and a great coffee and early grey tea cemented that thought.
I had the gluten-free orange cake ($6). Moist as spring rain it was wonderfully tart.
My mate’s apple cake ($6) was also a winner, a huge chunk of cake laced with apple, currants, and surprisingly pine-nuts, which while unexpected were delicious.
Breakfast at Metrio is pretty popular by all accounts, and there’s a good range of vegan food, including delicious Rawesome cakes.
Metrio & Co
36 Angove St, North Perth
Phone 9227 0077
7 days breakfast and lunch