We had never been to Lathlain before so decided to check out a local restaurant in the area.
Laika, a former washing machine workshop, is a large, laid-back café with its own roastery. The dining area is casual with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Meals are $24 or less.
We chose the Laika stack and the noodle salad.
The stack consisted of grilled New York rye bread with mashed avocado, grilled halloumi, grilled broccolini, roasted cherry tomatoes and a poached egg.
The stack of bread was nicely crispy with whips of smashed avocado in between. The broccolini was lightly grilled with a nice bite. It was on top of the pile with a few arugula leaves in the mix. The poached egg was scrumptious, especially when smashed over the halloumi. Very enjoyable meal.
A large bowl arrived with a generous portion of delicious and very edible noodle salad. The finely diced carrot and cabbage were crisp and fresh and along with the roasted cashews and ginger, soy dressing made for an unforgettable meal. A generous portion of mixed herbs were thrown into the dish, but unfortunately one herb was a bit overwhelming; nonetheless a well enjoyed meal.
The cafe is tucked away in Lathlain Place, located near the large Lathlain Football Oval, a short walk from Victoria Park station.
Lathlain is a suburb that has lovely tree-lined streets with the added backdrop of pretty legs of soccer players practicing. Wooooo! what a bonus.
Kitchen hours are 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily.
Laika, 11 Place Lathlain, Lathlain
0497 009 335
Open every day – 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.