Leederville’s new Foam Coffee Bar has some pretty big shoes to fill.
It’s taken over the space previously occupied by the iconic cafe Oxford 130, a cafe so emblematic of Leederville it even scored a mention by Lonely Planet who described it as, “the classic, casual cafe you need in every neighbourhood”.
Sure, Oxford 130’s glory days had fizzled out years before the end of its 19-year reign, going from shabby chic to…. well, just shabby.
Rather than try to emulate the former cafe’s grungy cool vibe, Nicholas Bond (who also owns Ria and Kitsch Bar on either ends of Oxford Street) has given the cafe a sleek new makeover, clearing the floors of nearly two decades’ worth of grime and gutting the kitchen.
What’s resulted is a Scandinavia-meets-Australia feel. On the spartan walls hang shark and deer head mounts (don’t worry, Hank the buck is ceramic, as are Bella and Bruce), patiently awaiting the artwork that Nicholas says is soon to arrive. The blonde wood of the custom-made cabinets and pendant lights draw your eye to the pastel accents of mint greet and bubblegum pink. The large street-facing windows let in the warm afternoon light.
Foam’s breakfast menu has all of the usual suspects, but we suspect that lunch will be the cafe’s busier meal. Besides steak sandwiches and chicken burgers, there’s the very delicious-sounding Roasted Pumpkin and Sage Fritters that come with grilled halloumi, parsley, pinenuts and parmesan. Drinks include fresh juices, smoothies and 5 Senses coffee.
We think the shoes have been well and truly filled – and then some.