“No man is an island,” and with this in mind, husband and wife team, Michael and Barbara, combined forces on their second café after the runaway success of their first project ‘Voyage Kitchen’.
Located in the heart of Elizabeth Quay, Isle of Voyage occupies the heritage-listed Florence Hummerston Pavillion. To honour such a historical building, Barbara, a qualified architect herself, worked in conjunction with Design Theory to build a café which would become a modern-day icon.
And geez have they delivered!
On entry, you’re immediately struck by the bright, airy, vaulted ceilings which allow beautiful, natural light to flood into the tastefully furnished interiors.
Generous bench seating is found opposite custom Australian Oak tables and seats, while clever copper light fixtures float overhead like halos.
On the subject of all that is tasteful, Michael is incredibly proud of the food being served at the Isle, which delivers a gloriously distinct menu with a strong focus on his family’s values and ethics. Everything is sourced from local producers and Australian fisheries – and even the eggs aren’t merely free range, but pasture-raised too. All the food is fresh, healthy and nourishing. The Pea and Kale Croquettes are a highlight for those chasing an unorthodox breakfast option, whilst pancakes with lemon myrtle mascarpone offer an Australian twist on a café classic.
The coffee service is equally impressive with two Synesso MVP Hydras dishing out the good stuff, along with an SP9 filter brewing system which provides back up for the filter coffee drinkers amongst us. Most importantly of all, the staff are incredibly well versed in their coffee programme, knowing exactly which single origins are on each brew method and which coffee would suit your order in particular. It’s fantastic stuff!
Finally, for those who can drag themselves away from the gorgeous interiors, the outside alfresco area is equally unique, offering a view of Perth’s CBD and foreshore from a new and dramatic angle.
Given that the venue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and has a licensed bar(!) and pizza kitchen(!!) you’ll be making up excuses for a return visit.
Isle of Voyage
‘The Island’ Elizabeth Quay
Perth WA 6000
Mon-Thurs: 10am – Late (no breakfast)
Fri-Sun: 8am – Late
© Photos provided with permission by Matt O’Donohue fromAbstract Gourmet. All rights reserved by photographer.