The Little Pantry, Shenton Park

The Little PantryWebsite: http://www.thelittlepantry.com.au/

My sister stumbled on the Little Pantry online whilst looking for a place to meet up with our mother for breakfast/brunch one Saturday. Preferably to be near Subiaco as I was getting my hair done at Curi on Rokeby Road, the Little Pantry was not too far away, located on Nicholson Road in Shenton Park. I had initially suggested Milk’d which is just across the road from Curi but she was not too keen after reading some unfavorable reviews on Urbanspoon. I did not expect the rating on Urbanspoon to have such persuasive means when it comes to choosing a place to dine in but apparently it does.

The Little Pantry was full by the time we arrived late morning but we managed to squeeze into a small table which would have accommodated two nicely but tight for three. The table was also located right next to the thoroughfare which didn’t help. But beggars can’t be choosers right!

Inside the Little Pantry Inside the Little Pantry

We ordered a smoothie and coffees while we waited for the food. My Long Macchiato was very good, creamy and smooth. I like how it was served in a “dented” glass, the dent designed into the glass on purpose, something different I thought.

Smoothie Flat White and Long Macchiato

To me the food was really the star of the place – all the dishes we ordered were so delicious! We had the following:

  •  Sweet Corn Fritters, tomato, avocado salsa, belly bacon, poached egg ($22) – possibly one of the best sweet corn fritters I have eaten, I loved the fresh tomato avocado parsley salsa themed with the corn fritters as it really lifted up the overall taste of the dish. Topped with a runny poached egg and salted popcorn on the side for a bit of fun and crunch made this dish a winner!

Sweet Corn Fritters

  • Mushrooms, stuffed with pearl barley, hazelnuts, Chefs signature egg yolk, mushroom ragu ($23) – another winner of a dish, loved the juicy mushrooms and the mushroom ragu. The fried egg yolks were a bit of a surprise as I’d never eaten egg yolks served in this way before. A bit much for me to finish all three but as we were sharing the three dishes between us, one egg yolk was just right.

Sweet Corn Fritters

  • Syrian French Toast, labne, baked rhubarb ($18) – I didn’t have high hope for this dish as French Toast I found can be a bit of a hit and miss, most turning out soggy where I have tried them before. On top of that I was not too fond of the rhubarb. This was my mum’s order so I had no say in it. This dish turned out to be my favorite! The French Toast was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, the rhubarb was tart and refreshing, and there was just enough sauce to sweeten the dish but not overpowering I dislike those where the toast is drenched in too much sauce. This was the third win for me!

Syrian French Toast

Needless to say, this place was a hit with me and my family. My mum and sister even returned the following week for another round, and yes the Syrian French Toast was ordered again.

Service was warm and friendly which was a double plus, will definitely be back for more!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Old Crow, Northbridge

The Old CrowWebsite: http://theoldcrow.com.au/

The Old Crow is located on Newcastle Street in Northbridge, next to the ever popular Tuck Shop! We arrived quite early for breakfast so there was no line (yay!). Actually there were not that many people either for that matter. It was a different story though by the time we left! Early birds do catch the worms!

The Old Crow has a huge alfresco area which was so alluring but we opted to sit inside as it was sweltering hot that day. Yes, it had reached 30degC even though it was so early – Perth summer weather, gotta love it! Wooden tables and chairs padded with cushions greeted us inside.

Inside the Crow Inside the Crow

For drinks we had the Mocha and Apple Juice – $4 each. It was actually too hot to enjoy my Mocha, what was I thinking?! 

Apple Juice & Mocha

At a glance, it seemed like the breakfast menu offered very little selection, but on closer look, I realised that most of the the dishes sounded really special! I had to try the Pavlova, molasses & coconut custard with mango ($16) as it was highly recommended by my BFF, “very refreshing on a hot day” I’m told. Sold! We ordered another savory dish, the Mushrooms, provolone croquette, slow egg, red sauce ($19) and decided to do a swap. Half a savory dish + half a sweet dish = winner!

The menu

Mushroom, provolone croquette, slow egg, red sauce

I did not know that provolone is an Italian cheese until I saw the dish and researched it on Google. Eating chunk of cheese is never really my thing, however this was so flavorsome I almost forgot it was a cheese. Yum! I was also loving the mushrooms in this. Any dish with mushrooms is a plus! :)

Pavlova, molasses & coconut custard, mango

The Mango, Coconut Pavlova was the bomb! Normally not a fan of pavlova (hmm, what’s up with me ordering food that I don’t normally like to eat at the Old Crow?!), this was amazing! Very refreshing and light, it left a breadth of sunshine in my mouth! I love it! I would order this again the next time! ++ (thanks BFF for the recommendation!)

Great breakfast that morning with food I’m normally not a fan of turning out exceptionally well! The staff was friendly and service was quick! Will definitely be back to try something else!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Mary Street Bakery, Highgate

1I’d first read about Mary Street Bakery from the food bloggers around town which perked my interest and landed the bakery in my “to try” list. When my BFF sent me a picture of their “Monut” (replica of the Cronut!) she was having with a highly recommended tag, it tipped this place into the “must try” list! I extracted myself from a yumcha at the Silks one Saturday to a brunch at Mary Street Bakery!

On arrival, I realised that Mary Street Bakery is located where Soto Cafe used to be. I didn’t know Soto Cafe closed down! It’s sad when a cafe close down, hopefully it wasn’t due to it being unsustainable!

Mary Street Bakery was buzzing when we arrived, with a 15 – 20 mins wait for a table. The entrance was spacious, with an elevated counter and kitchen down the back wall and tables/chairs in another room on the right. I thought the tables were placed a bit too closed together – modern setting perhaps?

Looking towards the tables Looking towards the counter

For drinks, we had the Iced Coffee and Flat White.

Iced Coffee Flat White

We decided to order a savory dish and a couple of sweets to share as we were not that hungry. For savory, we had the Mushrooms sauteed pickled crispy egg mojo crispy parmesan ($19). I’d ordered an extra serve of Sourdough bread ($5.50) as I’d read in a blog that the dish doesn’t come with bread which I thought was a bit strange. Alas, when the dish came, two slices of bread came with it! One plate too many bread!

The dish was flavorsome with multiple herbs. I especially loved the flowy crispy egg! Wet well with the extra bread we ordered haha. Yum!

Mushrooms with crispy egg and parmesan

Bread that came with the dish!Extra bread ordered

I love flowy eggs!

For sweets, I ordered the “Monut” but to my bewilderment, they did not know what I was talking about?! I showed them the photo that my BFF sent to me on the phone but all I got were blanked faces. Hmmm it was so strange!!! I walked to the counter and asked but the conclusion they came up with at the end was that they didn’t make them that today. Doh!! I would have thought it would be a signature item! I settled with a Dark Chocolate Tart and their Little Circle of Happiness ($5) which was recommended to be similar to the “Monut”.

Dark Chocolate TartLittle Circle of Happiness

Inside the Little Circle of Happiness

The Dark Chocolate Tart was really good, dense with a crunchy base. It was very filling. I was disappointed with the Little Circle of Happiness, the outer casing was too hard I gathered from the deep frying, and the gooey filling was not held within the casing which made eating it a one big mess!

Overall I was not too satisfied with the brunch as I didn’t get to try the “Monut”! The savory dish though was delicious. One thing I noticed was how loud the music was played, I had to speak up to be heard in a conversation which became quite tiring at the end.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Pimlott & Strand, North Perth

Racks of Goodieshttps://www.facebook.com/psdelicafe?fref=ts

After going in search for a little breakfast cafe that only hosted about one table (i.e. it wasn’t really a cafe – it was more like a takeaway joint), SC and AC told me to head to North Perth’s Pimlott & Strand.

Not being a local at North Perth, I had to rely on the trusty GPS to bring me to this swanky little place hidden in a row of shops along the main street of North Perth (Fitzgerald Street).

Upon arriving, I was pleased to see that this was one of those cafes that is combined with a store selling boutique foodie goodies. It was also a deli selling meats and cheese – Yum!

Meats & Cheese Fridge of Goodies

The menu had a concise number of breakfast items, so there wasn’t too much to deliberate on. We decided on the following:

  • Atlantic Brekkie (or at least this is what I recall it to be)
  • Classico Brekkie
  • Eggs Hamberg
  • Coffees
  • Brownie to finish off

LatteLong Black

The coffees were alright for me, my long black had a bit of a burnt taste, so I had to add some sugar to level the taste up.

Atlantic Brekkie?

The Atlantic Brekkie was presented very healthily with lots of green goodness, from pesto, to avocado, and then there was the smoked salmon. AC finished the whole plate pretty quickly so it must have tasted good.

Eggs Hamberg

The Eggs Hamberg that SC had looked delish from the moment it came on the table – really looked like the perfect hangover cure in my mind! From memory, the opinion of this dish was that it was “not bad”.

Classico  Brekkie

The Classico Brekkie was one word. Massive! I was hungry, but when I saw the plate, I thought to myself, “Daym! Can I finish that?” Turns out, no I couldn’t. This was a nice hearty brekkie, nothing out of the ordinary, but definitely good to have if you’re looking for something substantial to start the day.

Brownie

We had a brownie to close our catch up session, and it was a good brownie. Mmmm. I’d have another one.

Service was good here at Pimlott & Strand. The things they had to offer as part of the ‘store’ element looked interesting and given another chance, I’d probably take the opportunity to buy something from their store.

Overall, an enjoyable experience at Pimlott & Strand, but I would probably be trying new places before returning here.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. a.k.a Miss Egg

Pimlott & Strand
Telephone: (08) 9328 5002
Address: Unit 21/391 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth

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Santi’s, Nedlands

Adding to an already impressive list of cafes and restaurants, Santi’s is situated at the hospital end of the infamous Hampden Road in Nedlands. Being a favourite haunt of mine when I was in university, I always return to this area with fond memories.

My first visit to Santi’s was not documented with photos, so this post is about my second visit, which is consistent with the first.

Meeting some colleagues and my soul mate MJ for brekkie, I made sure I booked a table earlier in the week so that we could secure a spot without too much hassle. To my surprise, I don’t think the lady actually took my booking down because the waitress appeared confused when I told them of my reservation upon arrival. Nevertheless, they found a spot quick enough and SJ, MJ, their little angel SJr and myself were comfortable seated and deliberated the simple menu.

Once BM arrived, it wasn’t long before we all went up to order. We had the following:

  • Long Black
  • Latte
  • Strawberry Milkshake
  • Big Breakfasts
  • Poached eggs on toast with side of mushroom
  • Scrambled eggs on toast (unbuttered)

The menu spanned the typical breakfast choices. Having been here before with a good experience to speak of, I had a benchmark that I hoped to match with this visit.

Long Black

I had taken a turn to drinking long black’s these days due to my slight lactose intolerance, and I must say it is becoming really enjoyable! This was my first long black, and I have to say it created a fairly good impression. The beans weren’t burnt, and whilst there wasn’t any real special flavour to speak of, the fact that it was enjoyable for a first cup of long black was good enough for me.

The strawberry milkshake was enjoyed by SJ and his little angel SJr (of course SJr had the first sip!).

Big Brekkie #1

Beans featured with Scrambled eggsThe big breakfasts were typical, with a tinge of Santi’s own style with homemade beans and chutney on the side. The beans were a massive favourite, and was really well received by SJ and BM who were the consumers of the biggie brekkie.

The scrambled eggs were ordered by MJ, who said that it was lovely, but a tad on the rich side. There was a generous serve of eggs with the toast. She enjoyed it.

Scrambled Eggs on Toast

My poached eggs were really well cooked with the runny yolk oozing out of its casing. The mushroom was plump, and juicy. An enjoyable brekkie.

Poached Eggs with Mushrooms

The service at Santi’s was brilliant, and made for the good experience even better. Overall, a good honest serve of breakfast with hearty service… Santi’s is definitely a place I will be back for some more precious moments along Hampden Road!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg

Santi’s
Telephone: (08) 9386 2020
Address: Corner Monash Avenue and Hampden Road, Nedlands

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Gusto Food, South Perth

Gusto Food!Gusto Food is located on Angelo Street in South Perth where a few nice cafes (Secret Garden, Halo Espresso, Globe etc) congregate. I first heard of this place when a friend posted up some amazing looking breakfast dishes on her facebook page. “You must go try it”, she said – OK, off I went one Saturday morning with my sister.

It was early and the place was already jam packed! We waited 10 minutes or so for a table which was quite quick. I had a hard time choosing what to order as there were so many dishes I wanted to try! Just a note that order is placed and paid upfront at the counter.

CounterYummy ready made food in the cabinet

For drinks, we had:

  • Affogato ($4.60) – strong and creamy
  • Orange juice ($4) – this was 100% OJ, freshly pressed!    

Affogato100& OJ

I decided to order the House Made crumpets with pear & berries, peanut gravel and yoghurt ($14.50). I normally do not like to order something sweet for breakfast, well except for the one time at Hardware Societe in Melbourne, but the food there is almost on a different level. Anyways I thought I’ll be different this time….and it was the best choice I made!

The Crumpets were delicious! They were light and they were fluffy, but the most amazing component of this dish is the peanut gravel!  It brought back childhood memories of a Malaysian peanut snack that I loved. The combination of the sweet pear & berries, earthy peanut and sourish yoghurt on the crumpet made it one tastyyy plate! It surpassed the praises I had for the one at Hardware Societe. Go Gusto!

House Made Crumpets!

My sister ordered the Potato hot cake with poached eggs, oak smoked salmon, avocado salsa and hollandaise sauce ($19.50). This dish was amazing to look at. It was packed, with two poached eggs, a layer of smoked salmon on top of a bed of salad and potato cake. I had a taste and the avocado salsa on the side stood out the most for me – very generous dish!

Potato Hot Cake

Service was good with friendly smiles and attentive staff even though they were so busy. This has now become one of my favourite place for breakfast – I still need to check out the Cinnamon French Toast with the bacon, the banana, maple berry compote and honeycomb! That looked amazing!

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Gusto Food
Telephone: 9367 3512
Address: 86 Angelon Street, South Perth
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Love Thy Neighbour, Northbridge

Website: https://www.facebook.com/LTNespresso

From the corner insideDue for a catch up before her big day, I arranged for a brekkie at Love Thy Neighbour after seeing the rave reviews it had on Urbanspoon. It looked funky and pleasant for a morning catch up.

I personally didn’t have too much difficulty finding the place because I roughly knew where it resided from descriptions I found on the web, but to a person who doesn’t really travel to Northbridge much, it may become a challenge. The easiest way I would say to get there would be via the Wilson Carpark along Roe Street. Entering it, walking towards the arcade on the left would help you find it with relative ease.

IMG_3402Whilst waiting for MJ and SC to arrive, I found myself absorbing the cafe, and the funky do, with the funky waitresses too. The menu was simple, and it’s a refreshing change.

I ordered a skinny flat white to start off. SC came not too long after, to which she ordered a coffee too. Wasn’t too long before MJ joined us.

We ordered the following for brekkie:

  • Two cups of freshly squeezed juice (pear + pineapple, apple + carrot + ginger) – $4 each
  • Bacon and Egg on english muffin – $7.50
  • Wild mushrooms, herbs, fried egg, rye toast – $16.50

JuicesSkinny Flat White

The juices came out quickly as they were all pre-prepared, but they were indeed freshly squeezed, and the combination I had of the apple, carrot and ginger hit the spot nicely. The pear and pineapple that SC had was also a good combination.

bacon and egg

The bacon and egg on english muffin was my order, and whilst it may look like a Macca’s variant, it was fresh and really tasty. By the end of it, I wanted to get one more! It was simple, yet tasty – the way it should be.

Wild Mushrooms

Closeup wild mushSC and MJ both had the wild mushrooms. MJ had wanted some scrambled eggs but it was not possible with this cafe, so she stuck to the fried eggs. I found it strange that they did not do scrambled eggs, but I suppose different establishments, different mantra. I forgot to actually ask how the dish was, but it certainly looked tasty, with all kinds of different mushrooms cooked (as opposed to just having the field button mushrooms).

Another view

The coffees at Love Thy Neighbour were good, and the service lovely. They were friendly to the tee, and was really attentive with water levels, without being in your face – definitely a plus! I certainly wouldn’t mind heading back for a simple, tasty and chillaxing brekkie! They certainly did show some lovin’.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg

Love Thy Neighbour
Telephone: (08) 9227 6820
Address: 7/189 William Street, Northbridge

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