I love discovering and trying out new cafes, especially out West. Beanie Cafe is a short walk from Parra Westfield situated under some office towers. I love the natural lighting which fills the super spacious cafe. It's under new management with friendly staff, and of course good coffee. They offer a lunch special each day of the week at around $10ish, also have 10% off for WSU students (any uni student will know we live on discounts haha). There are so many items on the menu!
Coffee had a lovely aroma and not overly bitter. It had a good drinking temperature and the right amount of froth. Price is average compared to the city (unlike in the Hills where it's almost impossible to find a good cup for this price)
Bits of passionfruit seeds inside the cake. Not too sweet even though there is icing on it. It was a tad buttery and crumbly, but it's a nice sort of arvo treat.
Chicken salad: grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, greens, with a mango dressing-$16
This was my favourite dish, mainly because of the mango dressing which we both thought was amazing. First time having a mango dressing. It had a nice sweetness to it which complemented that perfectly grilled chicken. Chicken quite moist as well. The salad ingredients were very fresh and again, the mango dressing just tied the whole dish together.
Beef nachos with beans, sour cream, guacamole and cheese-$12.50
Generous amount of toppings, with the beef not overly salty or spicy either. Loved the guacamole tomato which helped keep the dish fresh. Can't go wrong with nachos.
Penne Arabiata with olives, chilli and napoletana sauce-$16.50
Pasta was cooked well with a good hit of chilli. I am still slowly building my chilli tolerance, but I can appreciate the chilliness in this. So many olives which made eating this dish feel even healthier. I actually prefer cream based pastas, but I didn't mind this tomato base since it wasn't overly acidic but had the sweetness from the tomatoes.
Smoothie: mixed berries, frozen yogurt, milk-$6
The texture was quite thick from the frozen yogurt, but it gave the drink more flavour, rather than adding ice to make it thick. A refreshing drink for a summer day. It's pretty decently price for the amount you get.
Thanks for the invite! Hopefully I will be back to try their other dishes or breakfast menu.