It has been almost 3 months since I am back from Perth and I finally found time to blog about my cafe hopping experience there. Those around me often comment that I’m always in Australia..and there might be a tinge of truth to it.. Anyway this will serve as a good brunch(or cafes) guide for those are heading Perth.
For the cafes that I am going to introduce to you, I need to put out a disclaimer and straighten any expectations. Food and coffee in Perth cannot be compared to those in Melbourne or even Sydney for sure but they are the best I’ve had in Perth. Special thanks to my dear friends who are made to go to 2-3 cafes a day over our 10 day vacation..just so that I can produce this guide. Well, good calories are made to be shared but still..thank you my friends for following my strict food schedule whenever we’re overseas.
1. Mary Street Bakery
There’s a hidden rule for anyone visiting Mary Street Bakery, everyone has to order something from the bakery or at least do yourself a favour by ordering their Salted Caramel Doughnuts. It was soft , cake-like and moist with an oomph from the oozing salted caramel hidden within.
Just take my money and give me that damn doughnut!
Fried Chicken on Buttermilk Pancakes with Sunny-side Up. This unlikely combination worked surprisingly well together. After trying this, the ones I’ve had in Singapore paled in comparison.
Traditional English breakfast will do no wrong- freshly baked bread, home made HP sauce, fried egg, crispy bacon.
Pan-fried Ricotta Gnocchi with corn puree, mushrooms, hazelnuts, kale and pecorino. My friends loved it but after trying gnocchi a few times, I have concluded that this dish is not for me. HAHA!
The Talbott Pork Belly with Scotch Eggs and Black Pudding. Loved the scotch eggs, it was beautifully done with the runny yolk in the middle. The taste of the black pudding wasn’t as scary as I imagined it to be. It’s an intense and dense version of the blood curd we usually have in Taiwan and BKK. As for the pork belly, it had some hits and misses. If only the roasted pork belly is more fatty and tender, it will be perfect.
This café is a beautiful combination of both bakery and brunch. I will drive all the way to Mary Street Bakery just for their Salted Caramel Doughnuts anytime, if only I stayed in Perth.
Mary Street Bakery
Address: 507 Beaufort Street, Highgate ,WA 6003
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Weekdays)
7am – 5pm (Weekends)
I am pleased to say the coffee at Typika was not bad 🙂
Cold brew is perfect for the summer heat.
Truth be told, this was the reason why I wanted to visit this place. Their Spiced Beef Benedict with harissa hollandaise sauce, loved it.
Cast-Iron Pancakes, something sweet for the morning. A thick slab of cake-like pancake with poached pear, strawberries, nut crumble, vanilla custard and cinnamon sugar. Tasted a little like apple crumble to me though! Haha…
After all the interesting brunch food we had, we do miss the good old Eggs Benedict so here we go.
Green Scram and Smoked Salmon, loved how they scrambled the eggs with spinach, peas and basil pesto so smooth and silky. Pairing it with my favourite smoked salmon, how to say no?
Thanks Serene for recommending this café to me!
Address: 331 Stirling Hwy, Claremont WA 6010
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 3.30pm
3. Toastface Grillah
This hippy little café is well-hidden within the busy streets of the CBD. When you start seeing lots of colourful graffiti walls, you know that you are close to this toasties-specialty café.
This place serves coffee, tea, cold pressed juices and a variety of toasties. It’s really about their toasties. If we haven’t already had a heavy brunch before coming here, we would have probably ordered all the different sandwich combinations on their menu.
From left to right: Trillacheese (consists of cheddar, gruyere & emmental) and The King (consists of peanut butter, banana & brie).
Look at the melty cheese and how buttery the bread were. I think they must have soaked them in a pool of butter before grilling them. HAHA! Beside awesome grilled sandwiches, this place is definitely a great spot to take ootds too! Look at how my friends have scored their photo of the day there.
Tip #1: Just pose like nobody is looking. (This alleys are really quiet so I guess it helps a lot.)
Tip #2: It’s ok to look stupid. We only live once, these are the photos that we are going to look back and laugh about it over dinners in the future.
Tip # 3: Sometimes candid shots are the best.
Address: Grand Ln, Perth WA 6000
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Mon – Fri)
9am – 4pm (Sat)
*Closed on Sunday*
4. The Old Crow
I need to tell you this, this Southern American diner serves really mind-blowing food. If you are looking for a hearty breakfast, this place will be top on your list. This café is so good that I can hardly pick on anything from food to ambience. Almost every spot there was instagrammable because this place was partially make up of a glass house and alfresco seating. If I were to really pick on something, I guess the coffee was mediocre?
Dirty Potatoes with jalapeños, ranch and parmesan. The potatoes are deep fried to perfection and the combination of everything made me non-stop popping it into my mouth.
Next, Brussel Sprouts with chili jam, pine nuts and buttermilk. Never knew brussel sprouts can taste so good.
Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich with Gravy and Peas. Before this dish happened early this year, they had this Southern Fried Chicken with Pancakes that have received so many good reviews. I was really looking forward to try that but they removed it and changed it to the sandwich version. I also noticed they changed their menu quite frequently which is good for the locals so they can try different creations of The Old Crow.
Beef Brisket with Sunny-side Up.
If you ask me which is my favourite brunch places among them all, I would definitely say The Old Crow! Definitely the best brunch Ive had in Perth.
The Old Crow
Address: 172 Newcastle Street, Perth WA 6000
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs)
5pm – late (Friday)
9.30am – late (Saturday)
9.30am – 10pm (Sunday)
5. Bread In Common
This Flourless Chocolate Cake with crushed oreos, berries and burnt toast ice cream is so freaking amazing.
You need to try this! I would come back just for this plate of goodness.
Another crazy delicious dessert: Quenelles of Cheesecake Mousse with strawberry sorbet, freeze-dried, macerated and fresh strawberries, and crushed shortbread crumble. It’s like a deconstructed cheesecake.The fact that the cheesecake is in its mousse state and comes with strawberries and coulis, made the entire dessert light, tangy and refreshing..just perfect for summer (I was there in January) ,unlike traditional cheesecakes. Although we’ve only had desserts here but by looking at what the other diners are having, it definitely calls for a revisit when I am ever in Perth again. Oh and their highly-raved breads….!
Thank you my dear friends for this lovely birthday surprise!
Love you guys.
Bread In Common
Address: 43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle WA 6160
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
*For Fridays and Saturdays, they open till 12 midnight*
Hope this helps!