It's easy to dismiss La Veen Coffee and Kitchen entirely. It’s small and inside a heritage building with a weathered exterior. What it may lack in space, it certainly makes up for in flavour and finesse, and long window panels let lots of natural light in.
Originally a filter coffee and dessert spot in Subiaco, the venue branched out to the CBD in 2013 to offer hot-food options. Success grew and the Subi store closed mid-2014 to allow the city location to open seven days.
The offering is a balance of casual dining and something more refined. Bagel varieties sit with house-rolled goats cheese tortellini; squid-ink spaghetti with crab; and truffle risotto.
On weekdays it offers counter service to increase efficiency, but there's table service on the weekends. Those seeking a plain cafe won’t find a ham-and-salad roll in sight, and diners looking for a restaurant may find space limited. La Veen sits in the middle ground.
As befits its Subiaco history, the venue champions all sorts of coffee, from espresso and filter, to cold brew and match brew using Hario, Kalita and Marco equipment.
Beans come from Rockingham’s Five Senses, with other types sourced from small roasters mostly based over east. Staff members are well informed and enjoy educating those interested in learning more about various brewing techniques.