Another brunch date with the girls this morning, although our arrangement to meet at 11am didn't go according to plan, with Wells being late for 2 hours (well if you are going to be late might as well do it in style!) and I myself being late half hour. Luckily, Love thy Neighbour is one of those lovely, quaint hideaways that offer warm service and allows you (and you want to) to sit on hours on end drinking coffee, eating food and just catching up.
Located on Arcade 189 on William street, just behind Ezra Pound, with a car park facing it's "take out" window, Love Thy Neighbour is filled with love.
Wooden tables and chairs line the interior and scattered around the entrance of the arcade, as well as facing the car park. It just finished renovating a week ago and they have yet to get an oven, which is a huge pity because we were unable to have our fritters! The interior is rather plain but wood contrasts and warms nicely with the black walls.
The outside has a huge mural painting, that you barely notice that there is a car park behind you.
The best thing about this place is that it provides lovely, smooth, Toby coffee, of course made with love. And to top it off their menu is rather fairly priced and offers New York style cafe foods, consisting of Bagels, Jaffles, New York Rueban Sandwich, Flatini and a bit of nod to Asian cuisine - Vietnamese Rolls. They also have a small range of cakes from Rochelle Adonis, cheesecake, brownies and macaroons.
As we were waiting for Wells, SM and I had drinks and dessert - to start backwards on our brunch date. I grabbed myself a coffee and cheesecake, and SM had peppermint tea and chocolate butterfly cake with caramel. I couldn't finish the cheesecake as it was rather rich, but oh so good! The butterfly cake also had a lovely texture and was fluffy and moist. A good way to start the day I think!
Even after finishing our cakes, Wells still hasn't come, so with her blessing to grab some food and after much debate and mutters, SM had her ham, cheese and tomato jaffle and I had the smoke salmon, cream cheese and dill bagel.
There was a choice of few different types of bagel; plain, poppyseed, rye and another one I can't remember. I told them to surprise me so out comes the rye. It was toasted and warm and there was a nice spread of cream cheese and the salmon was fresh. For something relatively small, it was absolutely filling and satisfying. Nothing else was needed.
SM seemed to have enjoyed her ham, cheese and tomato jaffle and whipped her plate clean.
When Wells finally arrived our plates were cleared already. She ordered the salmon bagel and SM also wanted to try the honey soy grilled pumpkin flatini so we grabbed one, despite my stomach being full. It was to share. I had a few bites and wasn't able to finish my third but it was rather yummy.
Love Thy Neighbour is a great local place to grab coffee, cake and a quick cheap bite of lunch or brunch. They service is lovely, attentive and as it's still rather new it wasn't too busy and not too packed, even during the lunch rush, which is nice. To top it off it was so nice of our coffee man to give us a brownie! =D
We are determined to come back especially when they get their oven as we all really wanted the FRITTERS. Rather disappointed that it wasn't available today, but hey the bagels are awesome and I felt as though I had a little bit of New York in little ole Perth.