Tucked away next to a laundromat and deli in Maylands is a little neighbourhood restaurant that has THE BEST brownies you will ever taste in your life. Now I realise that does sound a little dramatic, and I was sceptical at first; however, I was not disappointed. They’re also gluten free, so celiacs you don’t have to miss out! Noggos Kitchen & Coffee is not in your usual cafe area; you might even drive right past it if you’re not paying close enough attention. Whilst it’s a little off the beaten track, here’s why you should make Noggos your next dining destination.
First comes food, then comes love
Owned by partners in business and in life, Emilie and Huey, Noggos is bona fide proof that the way to the heart is through the stomach. The duo met whilst working at a Perth restaurant called Mez Mediterranean Cuisine, where they bonded over their love of food and a particularly mouth-watering lamb dish. It’s easy to see how Huey managed it, as a version of the dish is currently a crowd-favourite on the Noggos menu; we tried it - it definitely will make you weak at the knees! Together, the two have managed to find the perfect umami between delicious sweet, counter treats and high-quality restaurant meals. Huey’s not the only one with the skills in the kitchen; Emilie is French-Canadian, and makes all their display cabinet pastries on site. That’s right, a French pastry chef, making French pastries, with proper French butter, in the suburban area of Maylands.
Food for thought
Don’t be deceived by the fuss-free presentation of the dishes - you can be assured each plate has been perfectly built to tantalise your tastebuds. Huey is Vietnamese, and moved to Australia with his family when he was a child, however, you can still taste the Vietnamese influence in his cooking. From an Asian-inspired creamy scallop ceviche served in a coconut and lime sauce to the Greek-style masterpiece that is the Lamb Kleftico, there’s no shortage of interesting, delicious items. My personal favourite was the Ricotta Gnocchi, served in a sweet pumpkin purée and perfectly balanced with marinated artichoke and crispy kale. Though my friend’s in-house dry-aged sirloin had me questioning my vegetarian option. Across the menu, each dish is perfectly-executed and has a clear multi-cultural influence from dish to dish. It’s definitely the place to go to if you don’t know quite what you feel like, as the menu caters for a variety of flavours and cuisines.
Perfectly poached eggs
People of Perth, when it comes down to it, we love brunch items. Because traditional breakfast times just aren’t long enough for some of us. Noggos caters for the Australian favourites: poached eggs and, of course, no respectable breakfast menu would be complete without a version of Smashed Avo. A breakfast at Noggos will ruin all others for you. Why? Because of Huey’s amazing poached eggs. Shaped like perfectly round golf balls, your yolk porn Insta story will have your followers in envy.
Doggos are welcome at Noggos
It’s not just a restaurant for you, the popular suburban venue allows diners to bring along their dogs too! With plenty of outdoor seating and dog-friendly treats available to purchase at the counter, your fur-babies are more than welcome at Noggos. There’s even a large dog painting featured on the wall, just in case you’re not sure. The restaurant name is inspired by the dog friendly area located near popular dog walking and play areas. The name itself, Noggos, comes from a play on the name of the owner’s dog - Nugget. However, if you do decide you want to leave your four-legged friend at home for the evening, the restaurant is BYO, so don’t forget to bring your favourite vino or beer with you when you book your reservation.
The next chapter
Almost a year in, the team are looking towards the next step. Their ethos is to give their guests the food they didn’t even know they wanted. Whether you like to share a few items or just want to enjoy your own dish, there are plenty of items to enjoy on the menu. With talks of forgoing the traditional set menu altogether in favour of a blackboard menu that can be adjusted for seasonal produce monthly/weekly/daily, depending on how inspired Huey is feeling, this is definitely one to look out for in future.