We’ve long admired the beautiful Swan Brewery building, that sits on the Swan River, below Kings Park. We’d never stopped for a closer look. That was partly to do with us not being very sure about the parking situation… more on that in a moment. While the brewery has closed, a new restaurant has opened. Cooee, is found on the eastern side of the building, enjoying spectacular views across to the Narrows Bridge and Perth city. I’ve heard that it is owned by none other than businessman Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest.
There are a couple of options when it comes to parking (both paid). Take a left off Mounts Bay Road, into the small river-side carpark just in front of the restaurant. There are limited spots here, but you may be lucky and get one. Otherwise follow the parking signs down the side of the immense building. Drive into the tunnel which takes you under Mounts Bay Road and to the multi story car park on the other side. From here, it’s a little walk to Cooee via lifts and a pedestrian bridge.
We were seated outside, under a shady umbrella. There was a slight breeze, though the space is relatively sheltered. We were enjoying a light brunch/morning tea. With it being a quiet, weekday morning, we found it a great spot to have a conversation without having to shout over the table at each other.
First, we had a cup of coffee, which was very good.
A few freshly baked options are available from the small cabinet. There are chocolate brownies, blueberry friands, and more. I chose a slice of hummingbird cake. The moist cake, made with pineapple and banana was delicious.
My husband enjoyed the fruit toast ($12), which has to be the best we’ve had! The simple breakfast menu staple included house made peach jam and orange marmalade. The thick cut bread, with raisins, was perfectly toasted.
Our daughter ordered a more substantial brunch dish. A simple avocado on toast ($16), with tomato, cucumber, basil and lime was tasty.
Found right on the river walking/cycle path, Cooee makes a good spot for a brunch and walk combo.
All in all, the venue was stunning. The service very personable and friendly, the food simple but very well done. We’d absolutely return!
Find Cooee at the Old Swan Brewery 171-173 Mounts Bay Rd, West Perth.
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