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Mullaloo Beach Hotel, Mullaloo

We popped into Mullaloo for breakfast at the weekend. We hadn’t been to Mullaloo Beach Hotel for some years, and the last breakfast experience was not a good one, but we decided to give it another try.

As we arrived we were informed that breakfast was finishing in 20 minutes, so with some urgency we took our seats by the window and chose from the menu. The menu is great for diners with food allergies. There are lots of options as well as a whole separate vegan menu.

There was a bit of a muddle with our coffee order, but when we eventually received the correct drinks, they were quite good.

We chose the dairy free vegan pancakes from the vegan menu with caramelised banana. The pancakes were really good for vegan pancakes – light and fluffy, the coconut ice cream was delicious, and the caramelised banana gooey and sweet. I would have liked some more nut and coconut sprinkles, but on the whole it was a really good brunch.

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Mullaloo Beach Hotel has great views and not a massive amount of competition locally, but it is looking old and tired and in need of refurbishment. The toilets were a bit grim, which is never a good sign, but the food did taste nice and I was happy with the options. The staff were lovely – it’s a nice place, but has the potential to be so much more than this.

Coode Street Cafe, Mt Lawley

Coode St Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

It’s been a while since I visited Coode Street Cafe and we decided to give it another try based on their yummy looking Facebook pictures. As we walked in, it wasn’t very busy, but there was an array of lovely baked goods on the counter.

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We ordered coffee while we perused the menu – the coffee was nice but not outstanding.

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Looking at the menu, it didn’t really inspire me. I like a menu where I have to agonise over several choices, but the basic options plus a croque madame and a croque monsieur were not particularly to my taste. I discounted the croques due to my dairy intolerance, and arrived at the conclusion that it had to be the fruit on toast or the mushrooms on toast.

I went for the rhubarb and strawberries on fruit toast with ricotta (I am okay with ricotta – because it is casein-free). This was really nice, I loved the fruity flavours and serving it on fruit toast was a nice twist.

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My partner chose the mushrooms on toast (without the feta), which again was a nice dish and tasty through to the last mouthful, but he commented that $20+ for mushrooms on toast was a little steep.

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I think that with a few tweaks the menu could be amazing. Offer dairy free or vegan options would be great – no need to invent new dishes, but just variations to the existing dishes. Nuttelex instead of butter, coconut yoghurt instead of cream, non-dairy milks… it doesn’t take a lot. The menu could also do with a nice brisket and potatoes or savoury mince and egg dish – something hearty and tempting.

Maybe it’s just me and my dairy intolerance that have skewed my view of this cafe, I think they have a lot to offer, just a bit more thought over the menu would make it amazing. There’s no doubt that the cabinet goods looked great though – I just couldn’t try them due to the overwhelming butter/cheese/cream content.

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Blacksmith, Highgate

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Blacksmith, on Beaufort Street is deceptively large. It looks like a single shop front but spreads back quite a way and is family friendly with a children’s play area out back.

We stopped by for Sunday brunch and were impressed by the menu options. Coffee is supplied by Locale, and the blend was quite good but not as smooth as other beans I have tried.

Menu offerings include a breakfast board, smashed avo, brioche hotdog, lamb benny and eggs on fire.

My partner chose the tuscan beans – beans, Italian sausage, basil, poached eggs and sourdough. He really enjoyed it – a large portion of food with good rich flavours and nice bread.

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I chose the brisket benedict – beef brisket hash, poached eggs, sourdough and tarragon hollandaise. This was problematic. If the hollandaise had been served on the side, I wouldn’t have had it – it was sour, overly vinegary, and really not very nice, but unfortunately the whole dish was covered in it. The brisket hash patties were crumbed and deep fried but unfortunately they had taken on the flavour of whatever was last cooked in the oil, and they had an odd taint to them as well as being underseasoned. The bread was very nice, but I really didn’t eat much of the eggs because of the all-pervasive hollandaise. It was a shame because this could have been an excellent dish.

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On the whole, two very different plates, and we probably won’t go back – there are better brunch venues nearby.

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Hobart Deli, North Perth

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Hobart Deli is a North Perth favourite, child friendly, dog friendly, brunch and lunch spot, opposite a playground on Hobart Street.

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It has an open kitchen, and a hipster wooden cafe interior. The cake and savoury cabinets will have you drooling.


Our coffees were great – full bodied South American beans from Leftfield Roasters.

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With a selection of brekkie favourites plus a few more interesting options, my partner chose the chorizo rosti.

The chorizo was spicy and flavoursome with great poached eggs. The rosti could have been crispier, but was still tasty.

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I chose the pancakes with blueberry compote, whit choc chips, and maple syrup. I asked for the ice cream to be left off – they didn’t have a non-dairy alternative such as coconut sorbet or coconut yogurt. They were lovely pancakes, but did need that little extra moisture, and a dollop of coconut yogurt would have been perfect.

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I liked Hobart Deli, the food is good. Our table wasn’t wiped down in all the time we were there, and it would have been nice to have some better table hygiene from the wait staff, however this did not detract from our enjoyment.

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Lo Quay, Wilson

Lo Quay River Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Lo Quay is in an excellent location by the river at Wilson. Even on a winter’s day it was pleasant to sit outside and the staff helpfully lit the gas heaters to keep us comfortable. Dogs are also welcome at the outside tables, which was great because our friend Kaz has a new dog who was keen to join us.

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The menu is basic breakfast fare and we chose coffees while we deliberated. The soy cappucino was delicious, smooth and just chocolatey enough. The soy decaf flat white was equally good.

For my food I chose a bruschetta with tomato, avocado rocket and shaved parmesan. This was really good.

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My partner chose the zucchini and corn fritters with poached eggs. Interspersed with rocket, avocado and feta, they were very tasty and the eggs delightfully gooey.

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Kaz also had the fritters. I chose fresh orange as another drink during the meal, and it was a wonderful mix of orange and mandarin which gave the drink a lovely mixed citrus flavour.

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We really enjoyed our breakfast by the river, and Briar agrees that we should go back soon for another great meal.

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Sayers Sister, Perth

Sayers Sister Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I haven’t been to Sayers Sister for a few years now and wondered if it was as good as before. It is affiliated with Sayers in Leederville – a cafe that consistently serves great food and a brunch stalwart in Perth.

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When we arrived there was a queue and we were told that the wait time was 15-20 minutes. They very kindly gave us a lovely chocolate and strawberry muffin to eat while we waited. Once we got seated we ordered coffee which was a lovely smooth rich blend.

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The menu was full of delicious sounding options like baked apple waffles, zucchini and tomato bread with minted ricotta and zucchini flowers, leek and parmesan croquettes, but I chose my favourite potato rosti with poached eggs, bacon, spinach, rocket, parmesan, mustard, and apple/thyme chutney.

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This was such a perfect brunch dish, and every ingredient added value. Quality oozy eggs, perfectly cooked bacon and the oh so yummy rosti with a little piquancy from the mustard – this was everything that I wanted on that chilly morning.

My partner chose the coriander and cumin beans tagine with babaganoush, walnut pesto, poached egg and toasted linseed. There were a variety of beans which made it interesting, the linseed bread was tasty and wholesome, the egg was nicely cooked and the babaganoush sublime. He loved every mouthful.

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Sayers Sister is still delivering one of the best brunches in Perth – no wonder there’s a queue. Consistent quality and beautiful ingredients is a surefire winner here.

Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle

Bib & Tucker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Bib and Tucker is located in North Fremantle, on Leighton Beach. It’s in a relatively secluded area with just a few residential apartments nearby and a surf club. Looking to the left you can see the cranes of Fremantle docks, looking to the right you can see along the coast to Scarborough and beyond, and looking out to the ocean you can see Rottnest Island.

When we arrived for brunch on a Saturday morning it was busy and lively with several patrons seated on the deck outside. As it was a slightly chilly, although sunny, winter morning we were glad to be seated inside with a beautiful view of the ocean by the window.

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We settled in and ordered coffee. This was nice but quite full bodied and slightly bitter, and I enjoyed it – beans from Campo.

The menu is full of yummy options and I had trouble deciding. The buttermilk and banana pancakes with salted caramel and pecan being served on a nearby table looked amazing. I was also very tempted by the green vegetable bowl – roasted vegetables, green hummus, sauerkraut, preserved lemon, quinoa and roasted seeds. In the end I chose the Bibs-burn addict – poached eggs, crispy pork hock, cornbread, smoked chilli hollandaise, crispy leeks and pickled chillies.

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This was beautiful. Lovely flavours, well matched, great cornbread and perfect poached slightly runny eggs. Yum. It was a good amount too – I couldn’t finish all of the bread.

My partner chose the huevos rancheros.

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Coal roasted tortillas, red beans, fried eggs, smoky tomato sauce, fresh corn salsa, feta and sour cream. There was a soft tortilla and a crispy one. The beans were not too spicy, very tasty, and all the flavours went well together. He thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful.
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Bib and Tucker is definitely a venue that I will return to, maybe for dinner. Great location, great food and an amazing view.

Chinta, North Perth

Chinta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chinta is a zen oasis on Scarborough Beach Road (at the North Perth end), and the moment you walk in, you feel relaxed – it’s like being inside an exotic garden of delights.

The staff are lovely and found us a table straight away. We perused the menu and found it to be one of those menus where you can’t decide because everything sounds amazing.

The juice bar has every flavour you can imagine, and my partner chose a Garden Brew smoothie – bursting with berries, orange, apple, passionfruit and mango.

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I chose the strawberry, hibiscus and rosehip iced tea, served in a deceptively large brass mug which stayed cool to the last drop. the flavours were incredibly good.

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Spoilt for choice with options of nasi goreng, rendang, big breakfast, muesli, French toast and ribs, I finally decided on the swimmer crab omelette which was definitely a good choice. Accompanied by a chilli sambal and a beautiful fennel salad, I enjoyed every single mouthful.

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My partner chose the Nasi Campur – a veritable collection of beef rendang, chicken satay, rice, fried chicken soft egg and sambal. He said that it was wonderful- the rendang cooked well and all items nicely spicy.

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After all that we didn’t have room to sample the cake cabinet so will save that for next time. Chinta serves breakfast, lunch, and high tea. It was a little more expensive than our regular brunches, but definitely well worth it for quality innovative food in a wonderful setting.

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The Little Pantry, Subiaco

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In a delightful leafy location on the edge of Shenton Park sits The Little Pantry. There is seating inside and out through the back conservatory, and it’s a peaceful homely space – ideal for a leisurely brunch.

The menu contained lots of yummy options and I started with a lovely spring smoothie while I browsed the menu.

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My partner chose a soy decaf flat white, which he says was tasty, smooth and delicious.

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After much deliberation over fried cauliflower, coconut panacotta, truffle scrambled eggs and the like, I opted for the patatas bravas with aioli, tomato, and poached eggs. The potatoes were a delight – wonderfully crispy, the eggs nicely gooey, and the tomatoes fresh and summery. This was a great dish and one that I would have again in a heartbeat.

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My partner chose the kimchi dashi rice bowl – an artwork of kimchi with fried eggs, radish, lotus root, gochujang (hot pepper paste), sesame and herbs. The kimchi was the star of the dish with great companion flavours from the other ingredients, making for a stellar combination.

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As we left, we perused the cake cabinet, and it looked very appetising. We’re already planning a return visit to this little oasis in Shenton Park. Fabulous food and a relaxed setting – highly recommended.

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Pixel Coffee Roasters, Leederville

Pixel Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pixel is a cafe that sits on Oxford Street about halfway down, away from the main Leederville hubbub and close to Bourke Street.

There are tables inside and out, but not a lot of them. We started off seated at the coffee bar and the moved to a table as one became available.

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The menu is quite varied with healthy bowls, chia pudding, and brunch options and Pixel are famous for their array of milks. If you don’t drink dairy, they have pretty much every other option you could need.

I chose the banana smoothies with coconut milk, a lovely thick banana honey smoothie with cinnamon – absolutely yum.

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My partner chose a decaf soy coffee, a Colombian blend which was rich and smooth, you couldn’t tell it was decaf by the flavour.

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I chose the Pix Plate to eat – a potato and herb hash with poached eggs, prosciutto, peas, sprouts, parmesan and lemon oil. What a lovely combination. The oozy eggs soaked over the potato hash, the parmesan added a salty piquant hit as did the prosciutto. Posh bacon and eggs with a twist.

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My partner chose the Mushroom Ragu, rich braised mushrooms with tomato and fennel, on two pieces of Mary St Bakery sourdough, with fried eggs, peas shoots, crushed walnuts and smashed avocado. He really enjoyed it.

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The staff were nice and really enjoyed serving the customers, and the cold take away cabinet looked very appealing. There was a steady stream of take away customers. I’d definitely go back to Pixel, it’s good honest healthy food, well prepared and nicely seasoned.

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