THERE’S cafes as far as the eye can see on the Leederville strip, but we struggled to find one for brunch.
At 10.15am the more interesting cafes weren’t opening for a good hour, had already been reviewed by the Voice, or had little to offer beyond a muffin and coffee.
As our tummies began to rumble, Foam caught our eye and we dived in.
Our food arrived in record time, sparking an interesting debate on the cost of a meal versus hourly earnings.
The love of my life enjoyed his wild mushroom trio on a thick slice of brioche bread ($17, including $2 for a second egg).
“Trio” referred to the bread, a field mushroom and poached egg smothered in rich hollandaise sauce.
D’Angerous Dave thought the price was a bit steep, and lamented the undue influence of MasterChef, which he blamed for the experimental use of sweetish brioche instead of bread.
I had the smashed avocado ($15), which was well worth 30 minutes of my labour.
Topped with fresh rocket, the avocado flesh was liberally laced with edamame (immature soybean pods), making it a green, vitamin-enriched brunch on a thick slice of sourdough bread.
The addition of a deliciously oily pesto dressing was a nice decadent touch.
Breakfast is served until 2pm, with favourites like the full English ($25), and pancakes and eggs anyway you like, including creme fraiche scrambled ($15).
A relatively new addition to the Oxford Street scene, the decor in Foam is funky minimalist, with banks of windows fronting the busy street and pavement tables shielded by a leafy green hedge.
D’Angerous Dave and I enjoyed a fruity earl grey tea, and punters at the next table reckoned the coffee was “great”.
There’s an interesting range of cakes, but we were too full to give them a go.
by JENNY D’ANGER
Foam Coffee Bar
130 Oxford Street,