Tart your engine

WIND may have rattled the cafe blinds at Tarts in Northbridge but we were snug as proverbial bugs in a rug, enjoying the wild weather over a lovely lunch.

We’d already checked out the tempting array of gifts and jewelry on sale inside, but it was the cakes that had us salivating — row upon row, each more delicious looking than the last.

Complaints to the chef about too much choice drew a stern rebuke.

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“You’ll have to come back every day and try another one,” he growled, adding another truffle cake to a tray.

But I’m getting ahead of myself: sipping on a couple of fresh squeezed juices ($6.90) we perused the menu to decide on a savoury course.

My companion ordered the salt and pepper squid ($17.50), which arrived in a fun paper cone, with a delicious salad on the side, and a house-made aioli.

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“It’s the most tender squid I have ever tasted,” she gushed of the melt-in-the-mouth morsels.

I was mesmerised by the huge quiche sitting on the display cabinet in all its splendour. The slab arriving at the table was the size of a semi-trailer and packed with spinach, fetta and sundried tomatoes, ($17.50) and to my shame I confess to polishing off every last morsel — and the salad.

Back to the cakes and my mate thought long and hard between a slice of a mountainous apple pie — or the smaller, rustic-looking individual serve

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She reasoned there would, proportionally, be more pastry to the smaller pie ($6.80), which given how good the pastry tasted was a good plan.

“It’s simple, like your grandmother makes,” she said.

“Truffle cake, mmmm,” I intoned, gazing in awe at the rich chocolate morsel ($6.80) in front of me.

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Cake is a misnomer, as this was chocolate mousse covered in chocolate ganache, and I can safely say not a single smudge of either remained. It’s ok to lick the plate in public, right?

A couple of great coffees, and no matter the weather, we were set for the rest of the day.

by JENNY D’ANGER

Tarts Cafe
212 Lake Street, Northbridge
9328 6607
open 7am–5pm 7 days,
and for dinner Thurs–Fri

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