Holly Raye’s is hard to miss. An Anya Brock mural dominates the outside wall. The subject? Owner Holly Barker's dog Angus.
While working as a flight attendant, Barker spent ample time in Melbourne and Sydney, exploring the respective cafe scenes. She poured that inspiration into the business, which has become a firm Bassendean favourite since opening in 2015.
Initially a cosy operation, Raye’s expanded into the former Chinese restaurant next door in 2019, transforming the old cafe kitchen into a fully-fledged bakery turning out special occasion cakes, wholesale pastries and more. The original cafe's Nordic feel has carried over into a much larger, sun-washed dining and function space. A weatherproof al fresco area on the footpath provides extra room for those with prams and pooches.
Highlights on the all-day menu include a brekkie burger; spicy coconut dhal eggs served with flaky roti; and a Parisian-inspired breakfast gnocchi with sage and thyme butter, mushrooms and a fried egg. To drink, there are smoothies, shakes and brews courtesy of local roaster (and regular wholesale customer) Micrology Coffee.
You can also do high tea here. Served every day, it includes two hours of bottomless loose-leaf tea and coffee, plus scones with jam and cream, and a selection of house-made sweet and savoury treats.
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