A trip to Ootong & Lincoln has been long overdue for me. Over two years ago I added it to my Brunch Bucket List and today I finally had the chance to check it out with my two best pals (who also happen to be my brunch sidekicks).
O & L is versatile. Whether you’re after catering, interested in brunch or are keen on a healthy treat while you’re on the go, O & L’s perfect for everyone’s needs. Located on South Terrace, below the popular Cappuccino Strip, O & L is a part of what I like to call the South Freo Trio, which also consists of Little Lefroy’s and Roasting Warehouse (notable mentions on my Brunch Bucket List). While they aren’t in the heart of Fremantle, they are definitely favoured by locals.
When I sussed out their menu at home (I can never handle the suspense of waiting), I was sold as soon as I saw their “Smushed Avocado”. Mixed with tomato, feta and olives on quinoa linseed toast, I knew I was in for a flavoursome treat. Due to how quickly my meal came out, I almost considered O & L to be “fast food”; only it’s far more nutritious. Topping the avocado was an abundance of pumpkin seeds and sunflower kernels, giving me a healthy boost of vitamin E.
Now choosing a drink to devour was a little more troublesome. Seeing as I had an early rise at 4:15am, my body was begging for a cappuccino. On the other hand, the “Mango and Blueberry Smoothie” sounded divine for WA’s warming summer weather. Ultimately, I chose the “Elderflower and Basil Slushy” because it’s a combo I haven’t seen anywhere else. Plus, I love the sugariness of elderflower (shout out to Koppenberg Cider). Overall it was a satisfying balance between sweetness of elderflower and the peppery taste of basil, but it definitely wasn’t a stand out compared to the “Smushed Avocado”.
O & L has an awesome, quirky vibe and is quite spacious compared to other cafes in the area. Personally I loved their retro furniture and in particular the table we sat at. Its detail definitely made food photography much more interesting. The café is also divided so it has their Ootong To Go up the front and their main cashier at the back, which I thought was cool. I can imagine if you’re rushing in the morning, the last thing you want is to be held up behind undecided brunch enthusiasts.