Bean there, done that

GINGER beer and cold black coffee. Really?

On the recommendation of the waiter I sipped Leaf & Bean’s drip-brewed coffee with peppery ginger bubbles over ice.

I was instantly won over. The concoction was amazingly refreshing on a hot summer day, and didn’t have the overpowering sweetness of most soft drinks.

And I have to say it went particularly well with a rich and gooey chocolate brownie ($5).

Relaxed

Located in Mt Hawthorn, Leaf & Bean cafe has a relaxed ambience with uber-friendly staff.

There’s a pleasant garden at the rear, but with the mercury soaring a table inside under the air conditioning was the way to go.

The menu is varied enough to keep everyone from carnivores to vegans happy.

I opted for the roast vegetable crepes for a mere $9.

It was just the right size for lunch and the cheesy-vegetable filling was complemented by a tangy Indian-style chutney, served in a cute little jar.

For dinner that night we had Leaf & Bean’s quinoa, lentil and sweet- potato patties, and a slice of a spanakopita ($9 each).

The moist patty had a delicate flavour and was large enough to have on its own, or in the D’Anger’s case with a salad.

Sharp

The hearty Greek spinach pie had a slightly sharp flavour and a lovely flaky-pastry casing.

A macadamia nut slice ($5) and a dainty lemon and pistachio slice ($2.50) were the perfect end to a pleasant meal.

Lean & Bean is a great spot for a quick lunch on a workday, or for an inexpensive, casual catchup with mates.

Leaf & Bean Emporium
178 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mt Hawthorn
7 days breakfast and lunch
9443 6373

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