Gordon St Garage must be one of the most talked about new cafe in my circle of friends recently! It had just been opened a couple of weeks but I’d heard it mentioned numerous times in conversations. I decided to head there last week to see what the fuss is all about :)
Gordon St Garage is located on a quiet street opposite Harbour Town in West Perth. I think it’s the only cafe on the street. Looks simple on the outside but opens up to a very spacious and funky/grungy looking cafe inside. It reminded me of St Ali Cafe in Melbourne. Very nice and unexpected!
There is also a second storey! Huge place!
Having look through the menu which consisted of various salads, pizzas, meat and fish dishes, I wondered to the bake goods and desserts on display..the “Sweets Table”. My oh my, they looked awesome! I think I was more excited about the dessert than the lunch itself!
We had the following for lunch:
- Drinks - Long Black, Long Macchiato, Orangina, Fever Tea Lemonade, Special Iced Tea
The House Special Iced Tea was recommended by the staff – what made it special was the grapefruit added to it! My friend’s comment was there was too much grapefruit flavour as opposed to tea. I like the look of it!
- Bread & 3 dips ($14) – looked awesome but there was no explanation of what dips they were! I think it consisted of the tzatziki, some type of strong cheese and one containing beans
- Roast beetroot, blue vini, honeyed walnuts, nashi pear ($18) – this was one of my favourite except for the blue vini cheese. Normally not a fan of blue cheese as they are too strong a taste for me.
- Mariners Pizza with garlic prawn, mussels, zucchini ($24) – my least favourite, it had a strong fishy taste and contained very little ingredients
- Hunters Pizza with house made salami, prosciutto, soused mushroom, truffle ($24) – another favourite, great flavours, but once again too little ingredients
I didn’t try the next three dishes but my friends liked them especially the corn and coriander relish in the spatchcock!
- Wood fired spiced spatchcock, corn and coriander relish ($32)
- Fish tagine, potato, tomato & olive ($35)
- Grilled market fish, cucumber & citrus salsa (MP)
And now for the desserts….I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted but finally decided on the Berry Mousse! Looked pretty and tasted refreshing and smooth, with creamy berry mousse encased in a sugar crusted outercase, topped with a white chocolate piece and flower petals. Yum!
The Pannacotta was another favourite!
I had a taste of the pretty Almond Cake with Strawberry Salsa…nice!
And the final one order was the Chocolate Cake – I was too full by then to taste it. :p
Overall, it was a bit of a hit and miss lunch – loved the dessert and part of my lunch, and especially loved the outlook and vibe of the cafe. The Pizzas were a miss though and I thought overpriced with the amount of ingredients in them.
The service was good but I wish the staff would be more proactive in explaining the dishes. Also if they would place name cards for the items on their Sweets Table. I had a hard time remembering what all the different desserts were, let alone explaining them to the people at the table.
I would be back for their desserts and to try their breakfast menu (I heard the Corn Omelette is awesome!)
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.