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).
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.
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