Kalamunda: new cafe building after hectic first week

Kalamunda: new cafe building after hectic first week

MASON Bird is the latest welcome addition to Kalamunda’s fast growing cafe culture and coffee scene.

The new venture is located in the old Zig Zag Cafe building and has been open for a week with a growing clientele.

Mason Bird uses Little Owl Roasters coffee and Sunnydale Dairy milk along with New Norcia sourdough bread, but they also stock a full range of teas from the Artisan Tea Company and offer meat and small goods from local butchers, Sebastian’s.

The cafe does a series of smoothies and juices along with toasties, burgers and chips and mains, as well as a delicious brunch menu.

Head chef Brad Johnston said the team comes with top credentials.

He and partner Jacklyn Noel have ventured into the business with Matt Nguyen, the former bar manager at Rockpool in Perth, and worked at Rockpool together for five years.

Mr Johnston is the former head chef from Print Hall Bar in Perth for three years and he said the team is keen to “focus on using local produce, with everything made in house and fresh everyday”.

So far the trio has been happy with the busy pace in their first week.

Inspiration for the name came from the local settlers in the area.

The Mason Mill was active in the 1800s and Francis Bird was an architect who used WA timbers in his designs until the 1930s.

“We wanted it to tie into the history of the logging industry in the Hills and also the village as the cafe is so close to the historical village here,” he said.

The couple lives in Darlington and said by opening premises in Kalamunda they were able to embrace a tree change and avoid the city commute.

“We love the natural timber used in the cafe and wanted to hark back to the old settlers and their influence on the area,” Mr Johnston said.

Mason Bird is open seven days a week and currently opens from 8am to 3pm, with longer hours to come in the summer months.