Visit new Subiaco café Louis Baxters between the hours of 7 and 10am on any given morning and you’ll find the following: a queue of local professionals in search of their morning jolt, two or three dogs tethered outside enjoying the sunshine and a primped girl watching the door, wondering if today’s the day the café’s co-owner and olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan decides to pick up a shift.
After meeting on the set of Masterchef, Sullivan and TV producer Laki Baker teamed up to create the espresso bar, which they named after their French bulldogs. If the quotidian queues aren’t enough proof of the café’s success, they were also named best café in Today Tonight’s ‘Best in the West’ Series.
Why? Well, first there’s the décor, which is urban and industrial. Bare bulbs hang from a ceiling crisscrossed with ducts, pipes and wires. The stools are made from metal, the tables from raw wood. The ambiance is softened, however, by the occasional potted plant and gorgeous mural by fashion illustrator Pippa McManus – look closely and you’ll see two ears of a French bulldog just peeking out from the bench.
Another reason is the coffee. Louis Baxters serves Campos coffee, which is wildly popular in the Eastern states and makes the bold claim of giving first-timers a “coffee epiphany”. Considering how beautiful it is, we’re a little perplexed as to why it’s the only café in WA serving it.
Then there’s the food. A standout dish is the 60 minute slow poached egg that comes on New Norcia toast with grilled asparagus and peas, sprinkled with parmesan and truffle oil. You can even try the dish that won Sullivan a perfect score on Masterchef, the Chocolate Delice.
Now if only they’d make a dog friendly menu…