Nash and Co, 200 Whatley Crescent, Maylands WA 6051.
Shakshuka and Surprises … Headed off to Nash and Co for brunch this morning. This is a surprising venue, housed as it is in an old building on the Maylands Café Strip. It’s full of nostalgic bric-a-brac and is laid out like someone’s home.
There is the normal café area fronting onto Whatley Crescent with tables and chairs. Then there are three rooms furnished as lounge rooms, with retro sofas, coffee tables, games and posters.
This is definitely my sort of place. The music was very 70’s, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, that sort of thing. But it struck a chord with me and found myself enjoying it.
So yeah, it’s kind of like a Café I reviewed a month or so ago. Except that none of this furniture is for sale, just for decoration. And, Nash and Co were there first.
So, back to the food. They have a small brunch menu and I was happy to see that a few of the options were very interesting, Chilli Eggs, Shakshuka, Korean Soufflé, that kind of thing. Ordered the Shakshuka and a Cappuccino.
The two lovely ladies serving were very friendly and suggested that I go for a walk and find a space to sit in.
Took some photos and settled in the third room, surrounded by Toulouse Lautrec, Jacques Tati and Run Lola Run posters. It seems like all my favourites were present.
First to arrive was the Cappuccino, with a very creamy froth and a surprise. Instead of a biscuit there was a layer of toasted cronut dusted with sugar and cinnamon. Very crunchy and yum. The Cappuccino didn’t have a lot of Crema in the froth but it was a good strong cup of coffee.
The Shakshuka arrived, two poached eggs baked in a tomatoey sauce, the traditional Moroccan way. This was a very thick tomato sauce but was surprised again to taste no spice. Then I noticed a small container with a dollop of what looked like Harissa.
So, into the tomato sauce it went, mixed thoroughly and that small amount of spice turned the flavours on their head. Wow, such a great dish. Well cooked eggs, very good bread and another surprise, three slices of fruit. This was like a smorgasbord of a meal, at a very good price.
All smiles. All good. Very happy with the whole experience.