If you’ve been reading PFJ/CFJ for a while, you will know that I love supporting local produce and their producers. The second best thing to this is supporting eateries who support local businesses, as it seems silly to import products when Western Australia has an abundance of amazing produce available. Tropico in North Beach not only source the majority of their produce locally, but with sustainability and conscientious farming practices in mind. For instance, their milk is sourced from Bannister Downs, their bread from Abhi’s organic bakery and their eggs are from Margaret River eggs.
The decor at Tropico plays on a coastal Californian vibe, and the restaurant is an open-plan, relaxed space that is bright and airy. The menu is split into sections for all different times of day – breakfast, lunch+dinner, pizza bites and a sundowner menu. A and I visited Tropico for brunch a few weeks ago, which features the typical breakfast options, as well as a few unique items such as the very popular Paleo Platter ($15.50) – soft boiled free range eggs, avocado, spiced nuts and seeds, with baby spinach.
As soon as we were seated, we were asked if we wanted any coffees to start off with. I ordered a cappuccino, whereas A ordered a flat white. Tropico use Will&Co coffee beans and the coffee itself was made well.
A ordered the full breakfast ($24), which includes 2 eggs any way, sausage, house-made beans, tomato, bacon and mushrooms. When this arrived, the plate was jam packed with food and it was a very generous serving size, especially the mound of delicious, crispy bacon. A especially loved the house-made baked beans but found the size and shape of the plate made it difficult for her to eat.
I ordered the wood roasted mushrooms with basil pesto, poached eggs and artisan sourdough ($22) and had the same complaint – the wooden board and small ramekin made it fiddly to eat. However, the meal itself was fantastic – the poached eggs were slightly gooey, the mushrooms and basil pesto were both full of flavour and went exceptionally well together and the slightly charred artisan sourdough was the perfect accompaniment.
Overall, A and I loved our breakfast at Tropico. Although it wasn’t an inexpensive option, the food was fantastic and I loved that the majority of items were locally sourced. My one criticism is the choice of plates, boards and ramekins but regardless, a visit is worthwhile for the food and great service provided.