16 September 2013
Rottnest is such an iconic holiday destination for locals and tourists, but I hadn’t visited until this weekend despite living in Perth my whole life! A short but slightly terrifying boat-ride over and I was ready to settle my nerves and put my feet on solid ground.
We stopped at Dome so that my friends could get their caffeine fix. I embraced my inner child and ordered a slushie because I’m not a fan of coffee. The wait time for our drinks was roughly 10-15 mins even though the café was quite empty.
Ice granita ($4.95)
My icy cool drink was smooth blended ice with a tangy lemon flavour. Perfect for my sweet tooth! The prices are a little steep but I was prepared for that because Rotto is well-placed as an expensive tourist trap.
Flat white ($4.40)
Everyone else ordered regular coffees. The barista on Sunday was well-trained and everyone was pleased with their drinks.
Hot chocolate ($4.50)
We returned to Dome the next morning to pass the time while we waited for the ferry home. My mate’s hot chocolate couldn’t match the delicious rich sludge that you find at San Churro but he still enjoyed it.
Long black ($4.20)
Unfortunately, we ordered our drinks during the barista’s mid-morning break so the first round of coffees came out tasting burnt or poorly made. My mate returned his long black (left) because it looked like watery shit and thankfully the barista returned from his break to make the replacement coffees. The second round were much improved and none of the staff seemed put-out about the feedback.
Feral crows pecking at food on an uncleared table
I found it really gross to see a flock of crows descend on a recently vacated table. They pecked the food and drinks, cawing and carrying on, until the waitress cleared the table about 5 mins later. Friendly suggestion - install nets around the outdoor dining areas.
Here’s a fun fact: “Rottnest” is Dutch for rat’s nest because the settlers thought quokkas looked like big rats. So here’s a cute photo of the island’s famous endangered fauna, the quokka. If you love this furry little critter, check out my friend’s blog with adorable photos of more Western Australian wildlife.
Likes: decent service, convenient place to sit and chill
Dislikes: waitress substituting for the barista and making awful coffee
Value for money: below average (to be expected coz it’s Rottnest)
Overall: cheaper option for coffee on Rottnest, but inconsistent quality
Corner Henderson and Colebatch Ave
Rottnest Island WA
(08) 9292 5286