The New Norcia Bakery has received some mixed reviews over the last year and I was unsure what we’d expect when stopping by late one morning for an early lunch. It was fairly busy inside and there was a good vibe of chatter and laughter from other diners. The cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and morning/afternoon teas. They serve a great selection of sweet and savoury products, all freshly baked, making that final decision just that little bit harder! The cafe and bakery are slightly separated by a feature wall and both have their own entrances. The cafe has a small eating area with only a few tables outside and the staff were really friendly and welcoming when we arrived.
We both decided to try their pies. I chose the Chunky Beef and Vegetable ($8.90) which was served with chutney and mixed greens. My pie was full of chunky beef and the pastry was light and flaky.The chutney was thick and rather fruity. My friend chose the Beef Mince and Vegetable Pie ($8.90) which also had the chutney and mixed greens on the side. She said it was delicious, just like a homemade pie. We both liked that we could see the small chunks of vegetables (potato and carrot) inside our pies.
We couldn’t resist a visit past the bakery as we left and purchased the Spanish Frittata ($6.50) and a piece of the Benedictine Slice ($2.95). The frittata was full of vegetables and meat and I could smell the spanish sausage all the way home! Unfortunately the photo I took does not do it any justice. At first I thought the slice looked too dry but upon eating it, it was full of almond flavour, from the topping through to the base. I would have liked a tiny bit more filling though.
I would recommend entering through the bakery so you can see some of the menu items on display first. If you prefer, you can choose a product from the bakery and dine in, especially if you don’t think you can resist eating your purchase until you get home!
New Norcia Bakery
163 Scarborough Beach Rd
Mount Hawthorn 6016