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Jezebelle, Guildford

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Opposite Alfred’s Kitchen in the heart of Guildford sits Jezebelle, a much acclaimed cafe that is a tapas bar in the evening and one of Perth’s hottest brunch spots at the weekends. I have been wanting to try Jezebelle for a while and popped in for brunch.

Coffee here is smooth and delicious, and they happily serve it with dairy or non-dairy milks.

For my brunch I chose the Spanish Omelette. the waitress helpfully explained that it was chunky style – like a quiche without pastry. It came with some delicious bread and some leaves. The leaves were dressed on top, but I would have liked the dressing to be spread throughout. The omelette was very good, quality ingredients, a little under-seasoned, but generally a very nice breakfast.

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My partner chose the eggs benny with ham, and every layer was nicely placed, the parma ham adding an extra level of seasoning. The eggs were supremely yellow and delicious and he really loved the meal.

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Jezebelle certainly delivered. I loved the bread – it was really tasty, and I would be happy to come back and try the tapas.

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Mrs S, Highgate

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I’ve heard so much about Mrs S, and now that a new branch has opened up in Beaufort Street, I thought it might be worth a try for Sunday brunch.

As you walk in, it’s a typically quirky cafe with wooden chairs and tables, rough brick walls, and menus pegged to children’s reading books.

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I liked the idea of a house made iced tea, but unfortunately the Earl Grey version was unavailable. I tried the Persian Love instead. this was very heavy on the hibiscus and a little fruity. Sugar syrup was supplied and I added about half of the syrup.

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The menu had some options that caught my eye like the cornbread with eggs and bacon, and the meatballs, but I went for the pulled pork bagel with caramelized white onion, avocado, poached egg, green leaves and hollandaise.

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This is how it arrived with the poached egg and hollandaise on top, which made it impractical to eat in the usual way with hands, so I tucked in with my knife and fork. The first few mouthfuls were okay, but the overpowering star anise flavour on the pork was too much. The poached egg was very nicely done, but the avocado was almost non existent – just a mere smear on the top bun, and the onion was likewise with just a few pieces on the bottom bun. The pork however, was very generous. I would have much preferred less pork, a nice scoop of caramelised onions, and a few fresh slices of avocado, with the egg on the side. Unfortunately the filling made the bagel quite soggy, which is a shame because it looked like it was originally a quality bagel, and a smear of mayo or butter would have kept this from happening. Being so pork-heavy and strongly spiced with anise, I became bored with it and couldn’t finish the plate – so this is how I left it :

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All in all, a bit of a waste of $22.50. Maybe there are other dishes that Mrs S does well, but the pulled pork bagel is not one of them, and I probably won’t waste my money there again.

Bread In Common, Fremantle

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I have been wanting to try Bread In Common for ages, and a Sunday morning seemed like the perfect opportunity, so we popped down there for brunch. It’s a large airy restaurant, possibly a converted warehouse, on Pakenham Street. The kitchen is open and run in a very calm manner. The tables are long benches, and there’s a hubbub of activity with customers chatting, coffeee being made, fruits being juiced, and the takeaway counter selling bread, pies, pastries and cakes.

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We started with a coffee while we perused the menu and were presented with a Brazilian single origin from West Perth’s Mano a Mano. Very nice rich coffee.

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The menu is jam packed full of yummy options and everything sounds appetising. I was very tempted by the sweet options of plum compote and yoghurt, fruit salad with coconut yoghurt, french fruit toast with peaches and cream cheese, and waffles with banana, cream cheese and maple. Savoury options were equally good with veggie options of mushrooms and parmesan, corn and jalapeno and I eventually narrowed it down to choice between pork meatballs with fried eggs and hot sauce, and beef brisket benedict. The benedict won, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Wonderfully chunky but fall-apart brisket with a hunk of fresh bread, poached eggs, hollandaise and sauerkraut – every mouthful was a joy.

Looking around, Bread In Common makes its own pickles and conserves as well as the bread that it is famous for.

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We left with very full bellies, and an additional half loaf of fruit bread. It’s one of those places that you have to keep going back to so that you can try everything.

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The Blue Duck, Cottesloe

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The Blue Duck on Marine Parade is a restaurant with one of the best views in Cottesloe. With Rottnest lingering in the distance and the beautiful blue green waters of Cottesloe Beach, it’s a fairly iconic location.

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We stopped by for brunch on Easter Monday and felt fortunate to get a table. We started with coffee which was delicious, a nice caramel flavour made with freshly roasted beans.

For my brekkie I chose the breakfast board – a triple combo of orange juice, muesli with berry compote and yoghurt, and ham benedict on a rosti. The benedict was lovely, great hollandaise with a nice acidity to it, a really tasty rosti, and a good fresh egg dribbling over the quality slices of ham. Yum. The muesli was nice and had a slightly floral aromatic flavour to it, topped with berries, a slice of poached pear and some thick yoghurt. My only issue was that the chunk of pear was too big to slice with the little spoon, so I had no choice but to pick it up with my fingers. The orange juice was fresh and tasty.

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My partner chose the surfer’s brekkie. Bacon, sausage, tomato, hash brown and eggs with some sourdough. He said it was nice but the eggs were just lukewarm, and got cold very quickly. All the elements were good quality.

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I like the Blue Duck, it’s a great location and the food is always tasty. Definitely one of the good restaurants in Cottesloe.

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Black Kettle, Georgetown, Penang

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Georgetown has some nice coffee shops, and it would take quite some time to visit them all. When I researched the best coffee in Georgetown, two cafes came up time and again – China House and Black Kettle.

Black Kettle is a bistro, patisserie and cafe, and the array of cakes is pretty impressive. As you walk in, the breads and pastries are on display in glass cabinets, available for takeaway or dine-in and it’s really difficult to choose a favourite. We decided to have brunch first, then walk around Georgetown for a while and come back for coffee and cake later.

I chose a cherry blossom tea for my beverage. Black Kettle serve teas from Harney and Sons, and cherry blossom is a flavour that I hadn’t tried before. It was beautiful, crisp and clean with a slight floral and fruit flavour, and so nice that since I returned home, I have been looking for a local supplier.

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My partner chose a flat white, and decided that it was a fabulous coffee, well made, fresh beans, perfectly brewed.

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For breakfast he chose an omelette – duo of cheddar and mozzarella, and this was a triumph, delicious from the first mouthful to the last and accompanied by the house made pain de champagne bread.

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I chose scrambled eggs, house made bread, and tomato. This was lovingly made and each ingredient although simple, had a depth of flavour that made it a wonderfully satisfying and memorable meal. Sometimes simple ingredients, prepared well, make the best meals, and this was a fine example.

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When we returned a few hours later, we had the difficult job of choosing a pastry from the vast selection available.

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After much deliberation, I chose a peach danish, with beautiful melt in the mouth flaky pastry and succulent peaches, with a smooth sweet glaze.

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My partner chose the salted chocolate caramel tart. A beautifully made chocolate case with a layer of caramel and chocolate ganache. Very well constructed.

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What a delight Black Kettle is. It’s modern, airy, everything looks delicious, and the quality shines through. The staff are friendly, and I will definitely return next time I am in Penang.

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Tropico, North Beach

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Tropico is a casual cafe on Flora Terrace, just a street back from the main coastal road. We didn’t book and were pleasantly surprised to be seated straight away for brunch. The wait staff are really nice, and very efficient. It’s quite large and airy inside, and they offer table service.

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I chose a soy iced coffee to drink, which was nice but with an edge of bitterness. It wasn’t my favourite type of coffee, as I prefer a mellower blend, but it was certainly very drinkable. I am not sure which blend was on rotation on the day – but then again I have been a little spoiled with Five Senses at home.

For my brunch I chose the Paleo plate – a delicious combination of avocado, spiced nuts and seeds, and spinach topped with two beautifully poached eggs. It was tasty from the first mouthful until the last and surprisingly filling.

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One of my companions chose the cornbread with chorizo ragu, poached eggs and chilli jam. He thoroughly enjoyed it – a well thought out plate – and a very satisfying meal.

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My other companion chose the brioche toasty, consisting of fried egg, leg ham, bechamel and cheese on a toasted brioche. A dish where all of the ingredients complemented each other perfectly, and he polished it off in record time.

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At the end of the meal, we felt very happy. We didn’t have to wait ages for our food, the staff were great and the quality was excellent. I am looking forward to going back soon.

Mia Cucina, Hillarys

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We stopped by Mia Cucina for a Sunday brunch with family. It’s an Italian restaurant on the North side of Hillarys marina with great window views across the boat harbour.

The waitress was friendly and provided table water promptly. The brunch menu is not huge, and includes favourites like eggs benny, breakfast croissant, pancakes, as well as a full brekkie (Eggs with benefits) where you get given eggs (your choice of style) on toast and then you choose your other items from a table of sides e.g. bacon, sausage, mushrooms, hash browns, beans.

The coffee was very good, I had a soy cappuccino. The beans are prepared by local Perth roasters Karvan, and I was quite impressed with the house blend.

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I chose Eggs Benny with ham which came with spinach, cress and hollandaise. The portions were quite variable – mine had a few slices of ham whereas others in the group had much more ham than me. The eggs were cooked well, nice and gooey in the middle and the ham was okay but not particularly tasty. It was shaved ham, and I think that a nice slice of thick premium leg ham (as stated in the menu!) would have added more to the dish. The bread was disappointing – everybody on the table found it hard to get through the sourdough bread, and most of us ended up leaving a considerable amount of it. I would have preferred a good old English muffin.

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One companion chose the Eggs with benefits, and enjoyed the meal but was disappointed to note that there were no beans on the buffet table. Hmm Mia Cucina should really provide the items as stated in the menu ! My companion had to ask for another portion of butter, as the amount provided was not sufficient for the large slices of bread. The items on the plate were good and tasty and the eggs cooked well.

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Another member of our party ordered the ‘breakfast schetta’, a bruschetta with tomatoes, onion, basil, bacon and poached egg. It was nice, but again the bread proved to be a problem, hard to carve through, and difficult to get to the soft middle part.

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All in all, we enjoyed the meal, but I think that Mia Cucina should reconsider their bread choices. It seems that sourdough was the only option and it would be nice to have a choice. The menu clearly states that items on the breakfast dishes cannot be changed, so it seems that they organise breakfast to be easier for the kitchen rather than suited to the diner. It is definitely one of the better eateries at Hillarys, but I also feel that with a bit more care they could do so much better.

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John Street Cafe, Cottesloe

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I have been making the trek to John Street for brekkie/brunch for quite a few years now, and although it seems to have changed hands in recent years, the quality is still the same.

Using wonderful quality ingredients, there is a selection of food for breakfast and lunch, to eat in or takeaway. Breakfast is served all day and lunch starts at 11:30am. There are also tables on the pavement which makes for a dog friendly cafe.

Staff are friendly and welcoming, and even when the cafe is packed to the rafters, you can often get a table with less than a 20 minute wait.

The fresh orange juice never disappoints – delicious, freshly squeezed and sweet:

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On this visit, the coffee was not particularly good, quite strong and bitter:

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I usually like the John Street ‘Lot’ for brekkie, but on this occasion chose the Hash n Smash. Very nicely constructed veggie hashcakes with two poached eggs, spinach, chunky tomato relish and a heap of bacon. Also available with smoked salmon:

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My companions chose the eggs benny with ham. Nice soft muffin with fresh thick hollandaise and perfectly poached eggs:

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By the end of the meal, the plates were clean. Another triumph for John Street. The only minus points were for the lacklustre coffee. A great way to start the day followed by a walk along Cottesloe beachfront.

 

Duck Duck Bruce, Fremantle

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Tucked away in Collie Street, Fremantle, this is one of the best cafes in Perth. It’s quirky, the food is amazingly good, the staff are lovely, and everything is prepared with love and care.

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When we arrived slightly early, our table wasn’t quite ready, but the staff were really friendly and helpful and did their best to get us seated as soon as possible. The menu is funny – dishes have very amusing names like Orange is the New Stack – a pancake stack with burnt orange curd and toasted almonds or The Dating Game – a cauliflower dish with dates, cavolo nero, kale, maple miso dressing, pomegranate, pine nut and parsley crumble.

I chose a hot chocolate to drink, made with coconut milk. It tasted superb, and came with marshmallows and a little duck shaped white chocolate speckle.

The coffee being served on the day was Five Senses Crompton Road blend – it’s always a winner when Five Senses coffee is in the grinder.

I chose a kind of eggs benny style dish with beetroot cured smoked salmon and potato bhajee hash browns – called We’re all Going on a Summer Hollandaise. It tasted divine – perfectly cooked eggs, crispy hash browns, carefully prepared salmon, spinach, cress and greens.

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My companion chose Beans Beans Good for the Heart – smoky beans, poached eggs, plenty of toast, a lovely cheesy bechamel sauce, a touch of sweetness from the bacon jam and a nice crunch to the cheese crisp. All in all a wonderful dish.20170924_103841

Every mouthful was a joy and I can’t wait to return to Duck Duck Bruce. They do lots of good work in the local community and help to support stray animal homes. You can tell that the staff really enjoy working there. I’ll be back very soon and I might just try the pancakes next time.

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Typika Artisan Roasters – Claremont

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Typika is nestled in the Claremont shopping complex just off Stirling Highway. There is plenty of parking but it can get busy and Typika is definitely a hit with the locals.

The cafe is airy, buzzing, with coffee roasting machinery on view. Unsurprisingly, the coffee is excellent. They roast the beans in house which makes for optimum freshness as old beans can give coffee an overly bitter taste. They also refuse to take bookings, so sometimes there is a bit of a wait, but when we visited for Saturday brunch we were seated straight away.

The wait staff are helpful and friendly, and happy to point out the specials of the day.

I chose an iced mint tea with apple sorbet float which was quirky, refreshing and delicious.

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The menu has something for everybody with a selection of breakfast and brunch favourites that are all very tempting.

I fancied something sweeter so chose the poached pear, strawberry, nut and buttermilk pancakes. They were nicely balanced, not overly sweet and felt quite nourishing to eat.

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My companion chose the Eggs Benedict with bacon – a brunch staple – and he reported that everything was nicely flavoured and that the ingredients were good quality.

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Other items on the menu included: Angry Bird, which sounded quite tasty – fried chicken with guacamole, corn and a waffle; Char siu pork belly buns; Pulled pork quesadillas; Caramelised pork ribs; Vietnamese pork and prawn meatballs.

My only criticism of Typika is that for the prices, the portions are a bit on the small side. Almost $20 for an eggs benny consisting of one slice of bread, two small eggs and two slices of bacon is a bit expensive. I observed another diner who had ordered two breakfasts – maybe he already knew about the portion sizes.

All in all, it was very tasty, and I will be tempted to go back, but I will also bear in mind that it’s not the place to go if you are ravenously hungry. The ingredients are top quality, and the staff are great.

 

 

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