On the hunt for Perth’s best cafes with ticks in all the boxes for service, food and coffee, I decided to check out Hylin on Railway Parade. I have now been here four times, and have enjoyed my experience at each visit.
Hylin is bright and modern, I like how the windows are always open letting natural sunlight flow indoors (a tick in my box for good Instagram shots). It has a contemporary feel with clean finishes and exposed brick mixed with greenery from scattered plants and adorable shrubs.
The smoothies and juices at Hylin, are freshly made on the spot. My personal favourite is the Green Juice ($7.50) with cucumber, celery, spinach, kale and green apple.
On my first visit I came with friends Rachel and Erin, they ordered an Orange Juice ($7.50) and a Banana and Strawberry Smoothie ($7.50). On a separate occasion I also had the Acai Smoothie ($8.50), with banana and strawberry, which was very sweet and not particularly the best one I’ve had.
The ever-popular Cronut ($5) can also be found at Hylin, with a choice of a Nutella or Butterscotch filling. These are super delicious and are one of the better cronuts I’ve had in Perth. I’m not sure if they are available daily or just on the weekend, as on the two weekdays I visited there were sadly none to be found.
Hylin uses coffee beans from local independent Perth roasters, Micrology. We tried two coffees, a Cappuccino and Piccolo. The Piccolo seems to be my new go to during breakfast, because I end up too bloated if I have a large coffee with my meal. Eating with fellow baristas, they seemed pretty pleased with the coffee and Erin commented that the Cappuccino had the right amount of microfoam.
Their menu serves a variety of breakfast style dishes, from Acai Bowls to Burgers and even Tacos. The Smashed Avocado & Eggs ($15.50) came with a side of rocket and was served on two slices of sourdough toast. This dish was simply yummy, perfect for all those avo and egg lovers.
The Open Street Tacos ($14.50) really drew my attention, and was my first dish I tried. The Cajun chicken breast and slaw in the flour tortilla paired really well with the fresh mango salsa. Although, I would’ve preferred it without beansprouts as they’re not my favourite vegetable.
Whether vegetarian or not, everyone should try the Mushroom Haloumi Burger ($14.50), with a large roasted field mushroom, thick cut grilled haloumi cheese, caramelised onions, char-grilled peppers and a slide of slaw.
My boyfriend tried the Spicy Chipotle Chicken Burger ($14.50), which wasn’t that spicy, but simple and tasty served with a side of pineapple slaw. The chicken breast wasn’t dry like most chicken burgers, but quite tender and juicy.
Even though it was a small portion, I really enjoyed the Creamed Corn & Chorizo ($16.50), a dish with fried egg, asparagus, grilled chorizo, creamed corn and chipotle sauce on ciabatta. The best part was the creamed corn, I would eat a whole bowl of that if possible.
On my latest visit to Hylin, my sister and I both ordered the Acai Bowl with Granola ($11). The smoothie part of the bowl was very sweet, made with coconut water, mixed berries, acai and banana. My sister finished the bowl quickly, but mentioned that Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall does a better Acai Bowl because she likes a thicker consistency.
I think coming here four times within the space of a week already says that I have good vibes for Hylin. My top recommendations are the Creamed Corn & Chorizo, Green Juice and Nutella Cronut!
Rating: 8 out of 10