“I don’t travel a lot these days, but every chance I get, I head down south to Margs,” says Alister Miles. Together with wife, Marica, Miles oversees Perth’s favourite Wu-Tang-inspired toasted cheese sandwich empire, Toastface Grillah. “Even though you’re in a world-class destination with the best wine, beer, surf and forest, it still has that humble country town feel. It’s got everything that I look forward to in life.”
Like many West Australians, the couple have fond memories of Margaret River. They holiday in Margaret River. They were married there. Members of their family live in the region. And from next week, the couple will be local business owners when they open their newest Toastface Grillah on Margaret River’s main street.
Moving into the space that housed Golden Cafe, Toastface Grillah’s Margaret River expansion will be a 75-person operation powered by deeply satisfying toasties and easy-going cafe vibes (the cafe can seat 25 people inside with space for another 50 outside in the courtyard). All the core, hip-hop-themed sandwiches – the doner kebab-inspired Cappa Doner, say, or the deeply pork Notorious PIG – will be on the menu as well as toastie-adjacent items including soup, chilli bowls and loaded fries. Exclusives to Toastface’s south-west outpost will include cold-pressed juices from Margaret River juice company Livity and cakes and slices baked by gun local baker Nadia Haskell of Harlequinn Dessert. (Haskell specialises in baking gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan desserts).
Margaret River locals may notice a little more colour in the space, whether it be extra greenery throughout or bright murals by Perth artist Jake Quodling. Although Toastface Grillah will initially keep daytime cafe hours, Alister says he hopes to introduce night-time trade where the space might be able to moonlight as a small bar. Winemaker and brewer dinners are also on the cards.
Closer to Perth, Toastface’s residency at Scarborough’s Indian Ocean Hotel ensures toasties by the sea are available to all. The Miles and the group’s head chef Corey Fogarty and manager Steve Pastorelli will divide their time between the Perth and Margaret River store.
Toastface Grillah Margaret River is due to open on Wednesday August 19 and will initially trade daily from 6.30am to 4pm. Toastface Grillah Scarborough trades daily from 8am to 9pm.