Tropico is a new addition to Perth’s beachy, sun-drenched northern suburbs and is already proving to be a massive hit.
The café is located in North Beach, a coastal suburb about a half hour drive from Perth’s CBD. George Fowler*, Tropico’s Consultant Chef, describes the cafe as being a relaxed space, with a real “coastal Californian vibe”.
He’s not wrong. The cafe is a stone’s throw from the beach, and the space has a really airy, seaside feel to it.
According to George, menu ingredients are sourced based on quality, farming practices and the distance the produce travels. Much of what they use is West Australian (i.e. Margaret River eggs, grass fed beef, organic bread) and all ingredients are chosen with these points in mind.
Speaking from experience, there are lots of great breakfast dishes on offer and it’s hard to choose what to order. Their menu is constantly evolving, with their most popular dishes at the moment being their avocado on sourdough with lemon curd and soft eggs (YUM) and their new kid on the block – the corn and salted ricotta fritters with smoked salmon, crème fraiche and lime.
Menu-wise, my recommendation would have to be the banana bread. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but it was AHHH-MAZING. Plus, it included a generous helping of honeycomb, meringue and banana on top – epic.
Tropico serve lunch and dinner as well and there’s even talk of Tropico Sunday Sessions (which would involve street food, live music and cocktails) kicking off at some point soon. Keep an eye on their social media for more info!
*George is the Consultant Chef at Tropico and was previously the Senior Sous Chef at the Pollen Street Social, London (which was awarded a Michelin star in 2011)
What we had:
Chia and quinoa salad with peach, berries, mint and lemon ricotta
Banana bread with spiced banana, honeycomb and vanilla meringue
Wood roasted mushrooms with basil pesto, poached eggs and artisan sourdough
Salted caramel thick shake
Mango, passion fruit and raspberry smoothie
Where to find them:
105/109 Flora Terrace
North Beach WA 6020
OPEN 7 days a week 7am-4pm Monday & Tuesday 7am-10pm Wednesday-Sunday
Instagram – @tropiconorthbeach #letsgettropicool