gourmet foods, gifts, kitchenware, books & coffee
Fig Tree Lane, Busselton, Western Australia
beans : Fiori organic fairtrade & 5 Senses Harmony
leaf : T2 leaf selection
soy : yes, organic Vitasoy
dunk : thin almond biscotti
fork : dense hedgehog slice $4.50
spoon : linzertorte; plum, star anise & vanilla jam in an almond meal crust $7.50
knife : muffins baked daily
footprint : leather flats, comfortable baking shoes
price : $4.00
service : owner occupied, all female team, knowledgeable and friendly
open : Mon - Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm, Sat 9.00am - 2.30pm, Sun closed
buzz : If you want to gaze longingly at food "porn" and paraphernalia while sipping a smooth organic coffee, drop everything and head to Cape Kitchen. The laneway location is vaguely Melbournesque, and the lack of an external view allows you to focus on the array of beautiful kitchen accessories, gourmet ingredients and Busselton's best range of cookbooks. That is if you can get your head out of the magazines provided for your reading pleasure; food, and design publications from South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia, or if you must, the daily paper. Coffee is consistently good, with a choice of two beans, ground to order and brewed by caring baristas.
A small selection of rolls and deli items are made each morning in-store, and a loyal mercantile crowd make haste in their lunch hour. Sadly, this isn't the place for a vegan lunch, as salad is not served as a stand alone option. For those with more time, you can share the comfy red couch with strangers and compare your plump muffin with their almond biscotti. Bar-style seating is available in the covered laneway, but while you are people watching you can't keep your eye on the polka-dot teapot or French wicker basket that your so covet.
The gourmet food range includes well known quality imported products, national names such as Herbies spices, Simon Johnson, T2, and 5 Senses, and locally made sauces, jams, chutneys, cheese and charcaturie. They are stockists of Yallingup wood fired bread, free range eggs, and a range of Cape Kitchen condiments. The next time you read a recipe that requires Persian fairyfloss, sumac or puy lentils, don't be scared, you will know where to go, and if you have a foodie in your life, I am certain a voucher for their next birthday will be well received.