Saturday, 22 May 2010

The Dancing Goat, Swanbourne

I heart their sign...a goat drinking coffee! haha

Really delicious coffee. Really.

My Feta & Tomato on toast with a side of eggs!

Ross' brekky burrito with mushroom and spinach!

I can't remember the last Saturday I've had off and boy can I tell you it felt SO nice not rushing off to work today! This morning we thought we'd test out somewhere new and settled on The Dancing Goat in Swanbourne. Ross said he had done some research and promised it would be delish so off we set on this rainy, overcast morning!

Nestled on Railway Parade just past Claremont in a cute strip of shops is the delightful Dancing Goat. It was drizzling with rain and the only seat in the place available was outside on the decking. Had it been sunny it would have been nice, but unfortunately the wind was cutting and the awning was only just stopping us getting wet. The staff were concerned and asked us a couple of times whether we wanted to come inside - eventually we relented and they squeezed us onto a nice warm table inside their quirkily-decorated café - which was quite a feat as it is a small establishment!

The Dancing Goat's menu is chalked on blackboards scattered around the walls, and features some basics like eggs (scrambled or fried) on toast ($9.50) and muesli with banana and rhubarb ($10). Ross was immediately sold on the breakfast burrito, which came with mushrooms, spinach, scrambled eggs and cheese ($10), and I had tomato and feta on toast, with sourdough bread instead of the usual rye bread. For some reason I think feta is just more delicious sliced than cubed so throughout my meal I wanted my cubes to turn into slices haha! Both breakfasts were cooked nicely, but nothing mind-blowing. We agreed that the vibe of the place was like a café you might find down south, like a fun holiday!

The coffee, though, was not holiday at all - it was delicious! We both had flat whites, and they we so good we had some more to take away. We also took away with us a chocolate brownie ($4), which was delicious especially as they hid pieces of rich chocolate in it - yum!

Overall we were impressed with the vibe, the coffee, the cakes, and the food was serviceable too.

The Verdict

Coffee 4.5/5
The Eggs (the meal!) 3/5
Service 4/5
Atmosphere 4/5

Overall 15.5/20

Would we go again?
If we were local, this might just well be our favourite coffee spot!

Website: We think their site has been hacked, so instead have a look at the interior designer's website at

Dancing Goat on Urbanspoon


Conor said...

Excellent! This place is on my list and your experience sounds like just what I was expecting. Also, yay for having a free Saturday, hope you get some more soon :)

The Perth Breakfast Bitch said...

That breakfast Burrito looks delicious!!

Rainman said...

Think I'll need to get down to Swanbourne soon. Thats the 3rd place I've read a good review about. As I said on another blog, I've started my own breakfast review and have borrowed a couple of your pictures until I can get my own. Hope you don't mind :-)

rund said...

Definitely worth a look in Conor and Liz! Your blog's enjoyable Rainman, keep it up!

Mac said...

Went to the Dancing Goat yesterday for the first time and I am going back today!

Go Girl said...

Been there this year with new owners.
The place has a new fitout and is looking swish. The good vibe remains and the coffee is sensational.
well done new owners. we will keep coming back

Rick said...

I agree
the new owners have certainly given the place a lift.
They have an excellent vibe and energy and the food is yummy and so fresh,
well done Aaron and Lloyd
we will see you again