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Mary Street Bakery, Highgate

Mary Street Bakery (re-visit)

Say hello to a recent Sunday breakfast enjoyed by J and I at Mary Street Bakery.

Mary Street Bakery (re-visit)

My pick? The rather spectacular looking pork scotch eggs, with cress and onion mojo.

Mary Street Bakery (re-visit)

A fantastic contrasting combination of flavours and textures. Crunchy crumbs and silky egg yolk. Rich pork sausage, sweet onion and peppery cress.

Mary Street Bakery (re-visit)

Coffee. Of Course.

Mary Street Bakery (re-visit)

J’s order of fried chicken and pancakes with maple syrup and peanuts was not an exercise in restraint.

Mary Street Bakery (re-visit)

But really, why would you, when there’s fried chicken on offer?

Mary Street Bakery (re-visit)

The fluffy pancakes, topped with a fried egg and liberally doused in sweet maple syrup, were offset with a crunch from the fried chicken and caramelised peanuts. This is breakfast, done right.

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Check out my first visit to Mary Street Bakery.

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee, North Perth

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

The cool cats from Standing Room Only (one of my favourite coffee spots in Perth), have brought the caffeine to the suburbs by way of their latest venture – Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee.

The name comes Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, two Oxford scholars who brought together coffee-guzzling intellectuals in 18th century London. 

Now open on Fitzgerald Street in North Perth, I have a feeling this place may just become  my new favourite weekend hangout. It’s cool and breezy, filled with shiny stuff for all you coffee nerds, and I do like their playlists…

On any given day, you’ll find several varieties of coffee on offer (roasted by Melbourne’s Small Batch Coffee Roasters)…

Saturday 22 February
Candyman blend
Alvaro aya (Colombia)
Hunkute (Ethiopia)
Pricing
Black $3.70 / $4.70
White $4.00 / $5.00
Comp style $7.00

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

If you have trouble making decisions, I recommend going with the comp style (pictured above).

You’ll receive the coffee of your choice two ways: as a single shot espresso-style and with milk. You can of course, refresh your palate with a slug of sparkling water too.

My comp pick on Saturday was the Hunkute – lightly fruity with a floral aroma, with a medium acidity that was tempered well by soy milk.

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

Bringing your appetite is a great idea when you visit Addison & Steele. Just try and ignore the delicious baked goods on offer. I dare you.

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

I had to have a bagel – an everything bagel, fresh baked by Fremantle’s Holy Bagel Company.

Schmears come with your toasted bagel; a smoked salmon cream cheese and sun-dried tomato version.

And even though it’s not Kosher… I’m secretly hoping there’s going to be a bacon and egg option one day. (Hey, a girl can dream.)

If bagels aren’t your scene – don’t worry, there’s also pastries from La Galette de France on offer, granola and toast. Insider tip: highly recommend the almond croissant (Perth’s best, I reckon)!

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

Next time I visit, I think we’ll be hanging around the brew bar…

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

Addison & Steele Specialty Coffee

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For opening hours and updates, visit Addison & Steele on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

PS. I’m personally itching to correct the misspelling of ‘Steele’ in the Urbanspoon reference. I mean, c’mon.

Morries Anytime, Margaret River

Breakfast in Margaret River

For our first wedding anniversary, J and I packed up the car and the pup, and made our way down to Margaret River for four nights.

Other than a loose plan involving a little beach time, fishing and a lot of lazing around – the only other thing on our agenda was eating our way around this lovely part of Western Australia.

Breakfast in Margaret River

Morries Anytime was high on our ‘to try’ list. We debated visiting for lunch, and talked about dinner – but in the end my insatiable love for all things breakfast helped us make up our minds.

Breakfast in Margaret River

Convincing J turned out to be much easier than I thought, when I pointed out the smoked salmon, grilled polenta, soft boiled egg, chick pea and rocket salad ($20.50) on Morries’ breakfast menu.

Breakfast in Margaret River

Just a squeeze of juicy lemon was needed over the silky smoky salmon, peppery leaves and charry polenta. The plump chick peas were delicious as they were, just barely al dente, alongside the perfectly poached egg.

Breakfast in Margaret River

The coffee at Morries is a worthwhile mention – we sampled two traditional long macchiatos and a soy flat white, which I found to be perfect drinkable temperature, creamy and rich, with hints of chocolate from the beans they used.

Breakfast in Margaret River

I’m always a sucker for a full cooked breakfast.

When I saw the Morries breakfast – bacon, eggs, chipolatas, mushrooms & hash browns, smoked relish ($21.50), I was completely powerless to resist. I’m glad I’m easily swayed – it was a great choice, especially with a generous dollop of sweet and sour cumin-spiked smoked relish to enjoy with each and every mouthful.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much bacon on a plate at any cafe … ever, so I was more than happy to share with my dear husband (a well-known bacon obsessive). Even with his help, this was a breakfast of epic proportions, and I had to leave some of it behind.

Breakfast in Margaret River

I don’t know when we’ll next return to Margaret River, but I’m looking forward to visiting Morries Anytime for another meal.

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Ley St Cafe, Como

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

Despite living in Perth for all of my 27 years, there’s many areas of my fair city which I’ve not explored. Como is one such suburb, even though it was effectively en route to Curtin University, which I attended daily for four years.

So when our good friends Damage Catastropic and The Ministry moved into the neighbourhood – and spoke glowingly of their favourite local breakfast haunt, Ley St Cafe – I dutifully took note.

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

Coffee, check. Mug sized option, check. Things were already looking up. Better still, when I took my first sip to find that it was a well made cup. Being lactose challenged, I’ve come to find that soy-based orders really seem to be a challenge for some baristas. This flat white was the perfect temperature, with well textured milk that was satisfyingly creamy.

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

Hello, maple glazed bacon. Nice to meet you. 

I’m shocked, and saddened, that we haven’t met sooner. And more often.

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

Here at Ley St Cafe, bacon and eggs aren’t just your standard fry up.

The Maple glazed bacon and eggs ($11.00) comes with two thick slices of sourdough toast topped with a sunny side up egg (perfectly runny), and a generous portion of sticky and sweet maple glazed bacon.

Buyer beware – if you’d hoped to snag a piece of this bacon from your generous dining partner, you might be out of luck. This bacon is too good to share.

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

The breakfast classic, Eggs Benedict ($6.50 for one egg, $12.00 for two eggs) were J’s choice.

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

As a devoted Benedict lover, he was pleased to find the hollandaise at Ley St was homemade, and the poached eggs perfectly oozy. The ham was subtly smoky.

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

Ley St Cafe is situated in a cosy converted corner frock shop. The huge windows provide perfect sunny positions to enjoy the weekend papers with your favourite brew.

Breakfast at Ley St Cafe

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Pimlott and Strand, North Perth

Pimlott and Strand, North Perth

When you’re out for a meal with your spouse, partner-in-crime or friends, do you ever have that dinner (or breakfast, or lunch) table argument about who is ordering what?

In the house of Jujay, the conversation usually goes like this:

Juji: “Are you having the eggs? I’ll get the pancakes. And then we can share.”

J: “But I wanted the pancakes!’

Juji: “Fine, you get the pancakes, but can I share my dish with you? I want to be able to blog about them both.”

J: Sigh. “Okay.”

Luckily for me, J is a good sport, and has always been happy to share his dishes with me for the purposes of research.

But naturally, he’s pretty pleased when the planets align and we both have our hearts set on the same dish.

Pimlott and Strand, North Perth

 

Photo opportunities are a distant memory when we both get a glance of our Eggs Hamburg ($15.50) – a variation on the classic Eggs Benedict.

Pimlott and Strand, North Perth

A rich and slightly dense herb and parmesan beef patty sits atop a toasted pretzel roll. It’s topped with generous slices of bacon, poached eggs and a generous drizzle of hollandaise sauce.

I’m tucking in with gusto, quietly cheering for the appearance of the pretzel roll. After my first bite I found myself plotting to figure out who their supplier was so that I could make them my own (Little Home Bakery, I’m looking at you!)

The flavoursome beef patty and salty bacon work just beautifully with the oozing egg yolk and hollandaise combo. If I could find a way to magic away the cholesterol and fat, I’d make this dish part of my ‘all hearty, all the time’ repertoire.

Pimlott and Strand, North Perth

Don’t forget the coffee when you visit – it’s a great brew. Perfect with cake. Or eggs. Or solo. Or with a side of gourmet groceries. Who am I to dictate the terms? Coffee for all, I say!

Pimlott and Strand, North PerthPimlott and Strand, North Perth

Pimlott and Strand, North Perth

You’ll find Pimlott and Strand on the Fitzgerald Street side of North Perth Plaza. Definitely worth a look!

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Toastface Grillah, Perth

Toastface Grillah

The humble toasted sandwich holds a pretty special place in my heart.

It all started with the arrival of our family’s first Breville jaffle iron. I think I was about six.  At the time, a toasted sandwich made with two Kraft singles and white sliced bread was my personal idea of perfection. The crispy edges. The oozing middle. The constant fear of burning my tongue on molten processed cheese.

I still go back to this combination regularly – it’s one of my favourite comfort foods.

Toastface Grillah

So naturally, my interest was more than piqued when I was followed by an account named Toastface Grillah on Twitter.

Coffee, grilled cheese and a definite hip hop trivia reference? Yes.

Toastface Grillah

You’ll find Toastface down Grand Lane, between Wellington Street and the Murray Street Mall. Look past the bins and the grubby laneway. Think of the sandwiches.

I’d recommend checking out the map on the Toastface website for directions.

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There’s eight sandwich options available, ranging from the classics like the Get Yo’ Veg, featuring cheese and Vegemite, to the amusingly named Pear Grillz, featuring blue cheese, pear and lime chutney.

TFP and I were both convinced it’d be an excellent idea to spend the entire day sampling the whole menu – something I still think I would have happily done, if I hadn’t been expected at work that day.

On this visit, thanks to my sandwich loving friends I was still able to get a good look at at least half the menu.

Toastface Grillah

Ham and Cheese ($7.00), with cheddar, ham and mustard pickle

Toastface Grillah

Pear Grillz ($8.00), with blue cheese, pear and lime chutney

Toastface Grillah

Danny Zuccho ($8.00), with brie, prosciutto and zucchini

Toastface Grillah

Brie and jam ($8.00), with brie, mozzarella and jam

I traded half of my brie and jam with TFP, scoring a half of her ham and cheese. Two very diffferent but equally delicious sandwiches!

The coffee is solid too, and our group’s slightly random (but normal for us)  orders including a traditional long mac, soy flat whites and two long blacks offered a good sample to back up that statement. 

I can’t wait to try the rest of the sandwiches at Toastface. Next time, I may consider allocating more time for my visit. A three cheese for breakfast, followed by the apple and gouda for lunch? With a possible Get Yo’ Veg for an afternoon snack….

Toastface Grillah on Urbanspoon

Open Monday to Friday, from 7.00am to 4.00pm
Visit the Toastface Grillah website for the full menu and map

Gordon St Garage, West Perth

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

Take a former auto electrics workshop on a quiet street in West Perth. Unleash an eclectic mix of industrial meets op-shop chic furnishings. Add a dash of freshly roasted coffee and a generous mix of breakfast classics with a few twists.

Gordon St Garage, brought to you by the men behind Balthazar (Nic Trimboli), Il Lido (Daniel Goodsell) and Duende (Graham Arthur), looks set to turn Gordon street into a destination for food lovers in West Perth.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

Glass cloche-covered plates of baked goods are a welcome sight as you enter this airy former workshop. As I hear yet another rumble from my belly, I find myself thinking that this isn’t like any garage I’ve ever encountered.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

We arrive on a quiet Sunday morning. We’re up early, thanks to our dawn-rising pooch, and eager to see what all the fuss is about. The first surprise as you enter is the sheer scale of the place. Looking at the number of tables inside, I find myself immediately thinking about the logistics of managing the floor during a busy service.

There’s at least half a dozen staff on the floor, and three behind the coffee machines as we enter. We wait by the front desk, as we’ve already spotted a group who arrived ahead of us being shown to a table.

One of the guys behind the coffee machine spots us, and tells us we can just go ahead and seat ourselves. It seems like a weird instruction to me, when there’s clearly a seating plan – larger groups of six or more are seated away from the main floor, and groups of two to four are slotted in in the middle.

Luckily we’re scooped up by a passing waitperson before I have much more time to think about it, and shown to a table for two.

Our coffee orders are taken the second we’re seated, and my faith in the service seems to be restored for the moment.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

The Garage breakfast ($24.00), covers all the fry-up essentials, and it’s exactly what I’m craving on this drizzly grey morning.

Start by selecting your style of eggs (I went with scrambled), pick your toast (sourdough or rye) and bring on the rest. Here at Gordon St Garage, that means a ‘pin wheel sausage’ (a pork sausage flecked with fennel, presented like a mini cumberland sausage or boerwors), streaky bacon, wood-fired mushrooms, a sweet smoked tomato, fried potato and house made baked beans.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

The fried potato is a carb lovers dream. The potato innards are fluffy and soft, and much more substantial than the average hash brown.

I’m also impressed by the smoky, streaky bacon, which definitely comes from a decent supplier (it’s not your standard, borderline anaemic bacon by any means).

The beans are sweet from sun-ripened tomatoes, and have a lovely smoky flavour from being simmered with a ham hock.

The only downer for me is the pin wheel sausage, which is porky, but lacking in moisture. I don’t think it’s a kitchen issue, but rather a lack of fat in the sausage mix.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

The pulled smoked ham hock on rye comes with boston baked beans and grilled goat’s haloumi ($17.00).

J digs in with gusto, and declares it delicious, though in the end, he thinks it would have sung even more with the addition of a soft poached egg.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

He tells me the addition of an oozing golden yolk would tie everything together perfectly – even the peppery rocket leaves – which at this point, sit idly to the side of his plate.

I thoroughly enjoyed the nibbles of ham hock, beans and squeaky haloumi I managed to pilfer from his plate, but can’t help but agree that an added egg would have sealed the deal for me too.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

Coffee is a morning must have for us both, and I’m chuffed to find my soy flat white ($4.00 plus 0.50 for soy) is right on the mark in taste, temperature and texture.

After taking a sip of his long macchiato ($4.50), J’s also impressed, enjoying the blend used by the baristas. He’s still wishing their roastery was already in action, but we’re told that side of the business will be kicking off soon.

You can already pick up supplies of all kinds, including Hario products (like the V60 drip coffee maker), syphons and burr grinders.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

Taking a sticky-beak upstairs, I found a selection of comfy couches, Scandinavian-style sideboards, and a quiet space that looked like it would be perfect for a cozy coffee or glass of red on a winter afternoon.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

By the time we were ready to leave the Garage, things had picked up considerably. Though we had both enjoyed our meals, we did end our morning wondering how things would go for the Garage as business picked up.

The service, though genuinely friendly, was patchy and at times frustrating. Though service at the beginning and end of the meal seemed to be mostly in order, it seemed to be lacking somewhat while we ate.

Staff avoiding eye contact and incomplete service are pet peeves that I was disappointed to notice here. If you don’t look at me once, you’re not going to notice my empty coffee cup. And you won’t have the opportunity to offer me another round. Or to clear my plate, or suggest I have some cake with my coffee.

There’s definitely room to improve, and I’m really hoping that the motto of the former tenant of the building which still remains on the wall – ‘do it once, do it right’ – is not just aspirational.

I was happy with the food, so I’d be happy to return to see how things pick up.

Breakfast at Gordon St Garage

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Open from 7.00am – late for breakfast, lunch and dinner