Earlier this month, Broadsheet published a wrap of the best cafe openings in Perth so far this year. Were it not for the tyranny of timing, Arlo by Mo would’ve been a shoe-in for that list. Located on St Georges Terrace in prime CBD real estate and opened in February, Arlo combines a striking fit-out with a refined menu and a champion barista behind the coffee machine.
One of five Perth cafes in the family-owned Mo Espresso dynasty, Arlo is the first to offer restaurant service. Now that the venue is established, plans are underway to expand the kitchen in preparation for dinner service later this year.
“We didn’t have time to do everything we wanted, so we opened it like this,” says manager John Bardet. “It’s a very small kitchen for the amount of food we’re pumping out. Hopefully [the expansion] will take place around Christmas and we’ll be able to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Arlo’s house coffee is a custom blend from Five Senses, with single origins from other roasters rotated on filter. Ziggy Varamulia, Australian Specialty Coffee Association Western Region Barista Champion for 2019, runs all things coffee-related.
Arlo’s food menu strives to move beyond the standard eggs-on-toast with native ingredients such as saltbush, pepperberry and wattleseed. Options include French toast, smashed avo, a poached-chicken salad, kangaroo fillet and the ubiquitous chilli scrambled eggs. A selection of baked goods is also available.
Although Arlo is BYO, expansion plans include a liquor licence – a move that will provide city workers with both relief and temptation, especially during the warmer months.
“Sitting out here will be pretty fantastic,” says Bardet. “It will be lovely to come in the morning and be served an Espresso Martini at eight o’clock.”
Arlo by Mo
125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Mon to Fri 6.30am–4pm