Finlay & Sons would have to be one of my all-time favourite local cafes! Everything on the menu is delicious and there are so many gluten-free options!
This isn’t just a review of one visit to Finlay – I have been multiple times and tried many dishes. I apologise in advance if anything below is no longer available when you visit as they tend to modify their menu quite regularly; but this is another thing I love about the place – you’re guaranteed to be able to try something new every time you visit!
Finlay & Sons is always packed to the brim of the weekend so get in early to grab one of the coveted corner spots, nestled between the cushioned seats and a cute exposed brick wall.
The coffee here is wonderful. I have never had a long black that I could fault and I usually end up ordered two. But if you’re looking for an alternative to coffee they do an awesome Turmeric Latte. I usually have my own ‘bullet-proof’ coffee in the mornings (a combination of cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil, cinnamon, turmeric and a dash of cracked pepper to help with the curcumin absorption, blended into my long black), so when I saw their version I just had to try it out. It comes in the cutest gold and black mug and is a balanced blend of creamy milk, spicy turmeric, warm cinnamon and enough honey to sweeten but not overpower.
Onto the food
First off is this breakfast salad – filling roast potatoes, chicken schnitzel, parmesan, chunks of thick cut bacon and hidden under all the greenery is a salty splash of creamy natural yoghurt for the dressing. I’m a big fan of hearty breakfast salads and this one hit the spot. The fact that the (huge) schnitzel was also gluten free and free range was an awesome bonus. Note: I’m pretty sure this dish is no longer on the current menu but the thick cut bacon and gluten free schnitzel still is so YAY!
Next we have another hearty dish of maple bacon, poached eggs, spicy beans, labne and a sprinkle of pork crackle. My bestie ordered this one and we both agree Finlay’s thick-cut maple bacon is pretty much one of the best things ever! The beans were filling and slightly spicy, the labne was creamy and salty, and who doesn’t love gooey poached eggs?
I felt like something sweet on that particularly fine morning so treated myself to a beautiful stack of French toast with poached pear, raspberry coulis, peanut praline and whipped ricotta! I would have loved a bit more of the peanut praline but the generous portions of sweet and crispy toast and tart raspberry coulis definitely filled me up.
And finally, this beautiful polenta crust pizza with mushrooms, cream sauce, poached egg, fresh basil and a handful of spicy rocket. Look… breakfast really isn’t breakfast without bacon so yes, there is an added slice of that thick-cut bacon on top 😛 It can be a bit hard to create crispy gluten free pizza crusts and this one was a bit soft in the middle, but the edges were delightfully crisp and the flavour of the roasted mushrooms and cream sauce pulled the dish together.
So there you have it. I’m sure you guys can see why this is one of my favourite locals that I visit time and time again. The staff are super lovely and the food (and coffee!) is always good. If you haven’t been yet you should definitely go and check it out – there is something to love for everyone. See you next time Finlay & Sons!!
Finlay & Sons no 917
917 Beaufort St, Inglewood WA