Tuesday, August 2, 2011

frisk espresso, northbridge

31/103 Francis Street
Perth, Western Australia

Update 10th September, 2012 : Frisk Espresso is now Frisk Small Bar 
Same venue, new fit out, more intoxicating beverages.

beans : Five Senses blend
leaf : loose leaf tea $4.20
soy : Vitasoy, extra 50c
caffeine free : fresh juice $6.50
dunk : choc chip bikkies $3
fork :  Kustom cupcakes $3.50
knife : toasted sandwiches (no vego)

footprint : ankle boots, thongs, street sneakers
latte price : $3.90
service : sociable
open : Mon & Tue 7:00am  to 3:00pm, Wed & Thu 7:00am to 10:00pm, Fri & Sat 7:00am to midnight
Sun 7.00am to 10:00pm

buzz :  The chalk message in the front window promises “awesome coffee” and it didn't disappoint.  Five Senses beans dealt with a deft hand produce a smooth, robust double ristretto extraction that has gained a dedicated following.  It is a relaxed venue that attracts both cuff links and dreadlocks, solo writers and a posse of artists, and among the bar scene of Northbridge,  the late night opening hours offer a caffeine rather than alcohol fuelled option

I first visited Frisk as part of the Eat, Drink, Perth campaign in March.  Northbridge at mid-morning is an unusual character; like a teenager that is unsure of himself - hungover from the night before and not yet fired up for the day ahead. A few suits wandered in for takeaway, and two students tapped away on laptops.  I was welcomed with a broad smile from owner and barista Michael, running the show solo behind a counter laden with paraphernalia.

Coffee is the focus, with food a far off second.  Biscuits, muffins, toasted sandwiches and a variety of frosted morsels from Kustom Cupcakes are the extent of the menu (vegan and gluten free options available to order, and may be on display if you're lucky).

The graffiti murals and touch of grunge are a nod to the Melbourne cafe scene. The furniture is mismatched second hand finds with creative displays of up-cycling. If you are over 35 and lamenting your lost youth, pull up an orange plastic chair at a wooden school desk, or rekindle memories of grandma’s house with the fake flowers and brown floral.  There are some shockingly ugly chairs, and all of the workings of a cafe are on view, from half opened value packs of cool drink to empty fruit boxes, but the combination is casual, fun and unpretentious.  Come for the coffee, stay and play a board game, or catch up on the back issues of National Geographic.

I am still reeling at a magazine calling itself Sheila.  Are they serious?

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