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May Street Larder, East Fremantle

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On Canning Highway just before you get to the Fremantle gateway sits May Street Larder (unsurprisingly at the junction of May Street). It’s a cafe with a very chilled vibe, and a very allergy friendly menu including some Cocowhip options (vegan friendly, dairy and gluten free). The coffee is Campo’s and the blend of the day was round and smooth on the palate.

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I chose a breakfast smoothie – bananas, dates, honey and almond milk – very yummy.

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The menu was full of tempting options – sweetcorn, coriander and lupin fritters; baked eggs with harissa, yoghurt, quinoa and herbs; chilaquiles; mushroom bruschetta; and a very yummy sounding multigrain porridge special with coconut milk and berries.

I couldn’t get past the beef brisket hash though, and oh my goodness it tasted amazing and certainly ticked all of the boxes for me. Crispy fried potatoes, soft poached eggs, onions, leeks and chilli hollandaise – perfectly put together with a nice serving of brisket.

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My partner chose the breakfast burrito with chorizo, feta, scrambled egg, white beans, herbs, coriander and jalapeno salsa. This was a gorgeous combination of flavours, very tasty with a nice bright fresh salsa.

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This is how our plates ended up:

 

It was very tempting to buy takeaway cakes for later, but we thought no, we’ll come back soon and try some of the other yummy menu options because this is definitely one of Perth’s finest cafes.

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Voyage Kitchen, Sorrento

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Voyage has been a favourite of mine for years, and never disappoints. Great coffee, fab salads, and the everpresent Norma’s Salsa (poached eggs, truss tomatoes, baby spinach, avocado, marinated feta and ciabatta) is always a joy.

It’s also in a great location overlooking Sorrento beach, and always busy for breakfast on the weekend, with some outdoor tables for the dog walkers.

We had breakfast there recently and noticed some changes to the menu. I chose the shark bay crab omelette with puffed rice salad and green chilli chutney. This was really good with lovely fresh eggs and sweet crabmeat. My only disappointment was that there could have been more crab, but all in all it was a lovely dish.

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My partner chose the house baked beans with smoked ham hock, spinach, poached egg and soldiers. This was a really nice bean dish, mellow and savoury and he thoroughly enjoyed it. The smokiness of the ham hock really stood out.

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Riding on the success of breakfast, we revisited Voyage on a Sunday evening for roast Sunday dinner. In the evening the cafe is transformed to romantic intimate venue, perfect for a beachside date. There were other menu options like lamb shoulder with pasta, vegetarian gnocchi, and fish, but we couldn’t go past the roast special which was lamb.

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Lovely tender slices of lamb with mint sauce, pumpkin, roast potatoes, peas, cauliflower cheese and gravy – an absolute triumph of a roast. We hungrily ate every mouthful and will definitely return for more.

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Freeman’s, Leighton Beach

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Freeman’s is a cafe at Leighton Beach in North Fremantle and is named after it’s location at Freeman Loop. There’s plenty of parking, and we didn’t have any trouble finding a table. The waitresses were really helpful in settling us in for brunch and organized coffee quickly.

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My coffee was good, but I drank it quickly because it was lukewarm, and it was quite a mellow blend. Coffee, like wine, is very much a personal choice, but I think that a bolder blend would probably be more of a crowd pleaser.

The menu was full of many tempting options like vegan granola, raspberry pancakes, and eggs benny, and I almost chose the dumplings in szechuan sauce, but eventually opted for the banana pancakes with maple syrup and bacon.

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The flavours were nice but overall the dish was very sweet. The bacon was nicely flavoured and a salty contrast to the sweetness, but it could have been crispier. The bananas were nicely caramelised, and I think that if the caramel sauce had been provided in a jug, I could have poured it as needed, but it was all too much and I couldn’t finish the dish.

One of my friends chose smashed avocado on sourdough with halloumi and rocket.

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This was beautifully presented and she thoroughly enjoyed it, but said that the chef had been a bit heavy handed with the balsamic vinegar.

Another friend chose a bacon sandwich with hash brown and chips. He loved the sandwich and the chips, but the chips were really salty.

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Another member of our group chose the full breakfast with chorizo, tomatoes, poached eggs, spinach, bacon, hash browns and bread. He enjoyed his meal – a good all round breakfast.

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Freeman’s is in a great location and the seating looks out onto the ocean. The food is nice, and the menu sounds lovely, but some of the dishes are not quite right, and they could be so much better if a little more care was taken with tasting and seasoning. The cafe has strong competition from Bib and Tucker nearby, and if Freeman’s are going to survive they need to step up their game. The ingredients are good, just a little more care with flavours and the balance of their dishes, and they will do well.

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Mount Street Breakfast Bar, Perth

Mount Street Breakfast Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mount Street is next door to King’s Park, a pretty leafy area of Perth, and it’s a very steep street. Luckily we visited on a Saturday when parking was free, but midweek the parking will set you back $4+ per hour.

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We ordered coffee while we perused the menu. The coffee was nice but quite rich and slightly bitter, suggesting a South American blend.

The menu is a mish mash of breakfast and lunch items but everything is very appealing. I had a shortlist of 5 things but ended up choosing the prawns with scrambled egg, garlic shoots, prosciutto and baguette. This was lovely but quite bold flavours and probably more of a lunch dish than a breakfast dish.20180609_095324

My partner chose the crushed avocado, with roasted paprika pepper, goat’s feta, rocket, soft boiled egg and multigrain. This was a nice combination of textures and flavours and he thoroughly enjoyed the meal.20180609_095342

Other menu items on my shortlist included:

  • pumpkin, potato hash, labneh dukka ball, crispy bacon, poached egg on rye bread
  • pan-fried yucca & spinach gnocchi with walnuts, shitake mushrooms, sage and egg yolk in a spicy, creamy peruvian sauce
  • french toast, caramelised banana, strawberries, crispy bacon, maple syrup
  • omelette: spinach, sweet onion& herbs, topped with sun blushed tomatoes, feta and pinenuts with pecorino tomato dip and turkish bread

Definitely a venue to return to with inventive dishes galore.

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