Taking a cue from its Maylands neighbour, the old suburb of Bayswater finally appears to be undergoing a slow but steady renaissance. Several of the tired and shabby shop fronts have been replaced by new cafes such as tbsp, Drip Espresso and the Artisan Market Cafe. It’s long overdue Baysie, but better late than never.
Tbsp, referred to in everyone’s parlance as ‘tablespoon’, sets the standard in this hood. Its funky menu is appealing and different to the usual brunch and lunch offerings. The uber-friendly staff really seal the deal. This bunch of young’uns at front of house are a breath of fresh air, and know how to make you feel welcome.
Forget any ideas about typical eggs on toast, porridge and avocado smash here. How about a cheese and kimchi toasty, beef brisket with poached eggs and beer braised onions, and slices of pandan cake and savoury curry loaf?
We loved it so much we visited twice in the last fortnight. Alex was so enamoured of the fried chicken sandwich that he ordered the same thing the second time. A succulent fried chicken thigh wedged in a soft brioche bun with an Asian-type slaw, was accompanied by a mountain of fries. Even the fries were seasoned with a tasty salt mix.
My rice congee with confit chicken, slow-cooked egg, chicken crackling and spring onions was liberally doused in a quality sesame oil that brought the flavours and textures together. I’ve always loved this comfort dish but Tbsp’s version really brought the house down.
The pumpkin tartine I tried on my first visit was a beautifully coloured dish of orange pumpkin, green pesto and pepitas, pink pickled onion and white fennel, and almost too pretty to eat. But I managed.
Their drinks offerings are also a tad unusual. My cold drip coffee with tonic water was quenching and refreshing, and Alex loved his tea concoction of strawberry and basil flavours.
Tbsp oozes friendliness and casual innovation. It’s wonderful to find a little suburban spot where nothing is ordinary and everything aspires to be extraordinary. It’s a hard act to emulate, but I’m hopeful that others in the all-day breakfast menu lineup, will be inspired to lift their game and produce similar magic.