OPENING HOURS: Mon- Sun: 7am-11pm ADDRESS:1 Napoleon St, Cottesloe, WA PHONE:(08) 9384 0696 WEBSITE:http://www.vanscafe.com.au
Yesterday, my mum and I stopped in for a quick lunch at Vans Cafe in Cottesloe. We hadn’t planned to eat here, so we just used the Zomato to recommend something nearby. We had been shopping at The Boasted Market and seeing as Vans was only around the corner, we decided to give it a try. When we arrived and saw that it was busy and bustling, we knew it must have been a good choice!
Parking was a breeze even though the cafe was crowded and we were able to get a free parking sport right out the front. As the sun was shining and it was fairly noisy inside, we chose to sit outside in the sun. Within minutes the waitress came to give us menus and some tap water. I can’t say the service was overly friendly, but perhaps she was overwhelmed with the amount of people dining at this time.
After glancing at the specials menu and the family extensive regular menu, we had made our choice. I had mentioned to momma earlier that I fancied a wine, but at prices of $12 (and up) per glass for a regular run of the mill wine, I would pass up the opportunity! It was 2.15pm and well past my lunch time so I was eager to order as soon as possible. Unfortunately we did have to wait quite some time for our waitress to return! When she finally arrived, I ordered the Open Salmon Sandwich ($22) and mum ordered the Pulled Pork Burger ($18).
After some time, the waitress came back to refill our water glasses and place the cutlery on the table. I was surprised that even though she had taken our order, she still needed to ask who ordered the Pork Belly Burger to allow for the larger knife! Not too much longer and our meals arrived. Both orders looked impressive. My open salmon sandwich was served as a slightly toasted sourdough slice topped with lemon creme, rocket leaves, smoked salmon, a poached egg, capers and caviar. For $22 I must say I was disappointed! The egg, that was cold and tasted of vinegar, was over cooked and therefore the yolk was hard. The toast needed to be toasted longer or served warm at least!
Mum’s pulled pork burger was described as a masterstock braised pulled pork sandwich served with asian slaw and chilli jam. Although impressive on the eye, the meal itself was bland and overcooked. The chilli jam was too spicy for mum’s taste, so we were happy that it was served on the side, although some chips or side salad would have been nice!Overall, although our experience was nothing special, it certainly wasn’t bad either! Would I return to Vans Cafe again? Not likely.