#eggsploringsydney The Book Kitchen
There is nothing I hate more than a place that is hyped up, and is then a total let down. Sometimes, I can deal with it, if there are factors of the place that are still good – but this, this, was next level bad. So much hype. “The fritters are great!” “The eggs are great!” I don’t know who these people were telling me to go here, but they’ve either never been to Perth for Brunch or they have lived in a pineapple under the sea.
Lets start with the service.
We rocked up at 9:30am on a Sunday. Fair game, it was busy. We got a table, and that was fine. But what kind of place puts a table right in front of the door? So close in fact, that the door would hit the back of my chair. Irritating to say the least. Some 5 minutes after sitting down, we received our water and our menus which were ‘oh so loving’, thrown onto our table. Pleasant staff.
Of course, this was just the beginning. I had to be the one to ask the waitress for our drinks. She frantically ran to the counter to get her pen and paper and came back looking stressed and overwhelmed. We then ordered with a different waitress, who didn’t smile once, nor seemed at all interested in her job. This was clear – because she ended up getting our orders wrong anyway. Being too scared to ask this wench of a waitress if we could move tables, we decided we would move to another table ourselves.
It took 35 minutes for our food to come.
It was cold.
And it was presented like this.
Before we tucked into our food, we looked at the presentation and wondered who would want to make a meal look smaller and less appealing that it already was? I know what mum used to say, but sometimes, you have to play with your food.
Right. So, my poached eggs were cold. My bread was cold, and covered with butter, when I had asked for butter less, and my wilted spinach had been soaking in a bath tub for at least an hour. A return to the kitchen. And then, came my friends egg dish. Cold patties, and a rock hard egg. Another return to the kitchen.
Another 5 minutes passed till we received our new food. Presented just as poorly, of course.
The taste was bland. The wind was still blowing through the door. And the frantic nature of half the staff began to stress us out.
Sure. The interior is “trendy” and I love open kitchens. But I do not love rude staff. Nor do I love cold eggs. We spoke to the manager, who happened to be one of the less friendly people on the floor. We asked for a mere removal of something for our waiting period and poor food. She was not pleased. It wasn’t until I said I blogged about breakfast that she cracked a smile and apologized.
The good things:
+ Cool Interior
The not so good things:
– The staff
– The staff
– Oh, did I mention, the staff?
– The food – cold, and presented poorly
– The ambiance – negative, frantic staff
– The staff
A final note:
Bad Egg. 2.5/10
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The Grounds of Alexandria
I’ve been to a lot of places before coming here, but I just want to blog this one first. It just can’t wait.
HONESTLY, WHO!? Thought of this amazing concept! The Grounds of Alexandria has it all. It’s a village. Reminding me very much of a ‘horio’, a greek village. From baked goods inside, to flowers outside, to farm animals in that corner, to bread samples in that corner, from homegrown fruit to freshly squeezed lemonade, there is nothing this place is missing. The ambiance upon entering, is just ridiculous. We came early on a Sunday morning, having been warned about how busy it gets. 8am and we were at the front a small cue. Expect this, especially on the weekends. But its worth the wait. And in the meantime, you aren’t standing there in a line. There’s a village to explore.
Let me set the scene for you. At 8am, the cheery staff are setting up their stalls in the gardens. A hello to the new folk, a hello to the regulars, the staff are smiling and are apparently not hung over like the large majority of waiters in Surry Hills. In the far back corner of the grounds, you have the infamous Alexandria Pig. Children petting and squealing with excitement that a café has farm animals and a cubby house to play in while mummy and daddy purchase their freshly baked bread. Move down the path and you are at the florist, where there are flowers are of all colours, shapes and sizes. Spend some time in here, pick up the jars, look at the homemade jams, honeys and utensils and then follow the path and enter the stalls.
Lemonade, homemade breads, fresh olives, a thousand types of homemade nuts – from honey almonds or choc macadamia, every delicious good you can think of. Desserts, everywhere, fresh strawberries, toffee apples and vibrant strawberries line the stalls as you make your way back towards the entrance of the café.
You are never short of service at the grounds. Staff that are on the ball, and willing to help. The extensive organic menu is fantastic, allowing you to chop and change and choose your breads and sides (for those of us that are a tad fussy). The gluten free bread, is the best I have had in this fair country of ours. Homemade, well toasted, light and thick. None of this 1cm thickness crispy, tasteless powdery bread.
It is well priced, the food is fresh and organic. There is choice for everyone. Although I have had better eggs in my time, I was so satisfied with the hype up about this place, and that it was meeting expectations, that I hardly even noticed that my tea was bought out after my meal.
The only downside to the service, is that with such demand for tables, pushiness with clearing the table is evident – and leisurely chats aren’t able to held at this period of time over the weekends. Nevertheless, take away your quality coffee, which is roasted there on the grounds, and chat outside in the outdoor seating area. A place with a unique concept, has bought together a lot of different ideas together, and has bought it together well. It’s really an outing, more than a breakfast date.
The good things:
+ The ambiance
+ The activities!
+ Kid friendly
+ Fresh, Organic, On Site Produce (in meals and on sale)
+ Roasted On Site Coffee
+ The staff
+ Quick food service
+ Menu choices
+ The selection of breads, nuts, desserts
The not so good things:
– The cue
– The feel to have to get out of the restaurant quickly
– Minor details on the table missing; salt & pepper, serviettes
A final note: Take a step into a European village, this is an outing, not a 20 minute brunch date. 8.5/10
*1 tbsp Chia
*1 scoop isapro (vanilla protein)
*1 tsp cacao
*1 tbsp natvia
*1/3 cup cold water
Process all ingredients, except blackberries. Place into small bowl. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Top with blackberries to serve!
P 30: F 5: C 15
I have mastered, the simplest, and easiest protein pancakes possible.
1/3 cup oatbran
1 scoop unflavoured or vanilla protein powder
1/2 liquid egg whites
1-2 tbsp. natvia
Cinnamon to top
Natvia to top
20g Natural Peanut Butter to top
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
1. Heat fry pan
2. Mix together oat bran, egg whites, protein powder and 1-2 tbsp. natvia
3. Spoon the mixture into the fry (3 spoonfuls)
4. Flip when the pancakes begin to bubble
5. Remove from pan when cooked, top with cinnamon, PB, natvia and kiwi fruit!
Makes 3 pancakes.
Think you know breakfast?
66 Cafes, 2 girls, 1 year.
I just made your life a hell of a lot easier.
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#EGGSPLORING PERTH TOP TEN
|10. Gordon St Garage||West Perth||7.5/10|
|8. Deli Chicchi||Mt Claremont||8/10|
|7. Mrs S||Maylands||8/10|
|5. Piccollos Corner||West Leederville||8.5/10|
|4. Moore and Moore||Fremantle||8.5/10|
|2. Gusto||South Perth||9/10|
#EGGSPLORING ALMOST MADE THE CUT
No 4 Blakes
Ootong and Lincoln
#EGGSPLORING PERTH RATINGS
|Sassys on the Swan||CBD||6/10|
|The Dancing Goat||Claremont||6.5/10|
|John St Café||Cottosloe||6/10|
|Deli Chichi||Mt Claremont||7.5/10|
|Feast Café||Mt Claremont||6/10|
|The Kinky Lizard||Doubleview||5/10|
|The Partisan||East Perth||5/10|
|City Farm||East Perth||7.5/10|
|Ootong and Lincoln||Fremantle||7.5/10|
|The Attic||Fremantle (no poached eggs!)||5/10|
|Moore and Moore||Fremantle||8.5/10|
|Sorrento Beach Shack||Hillarys||4.5/10|
|Mary St Bakery||Mt Lawley||5/10|
|No 4 Blakes||Mt Lawley||7/10|
|Beaufort St Merchant||Mt Lawley||7.5/10|
|Eco Source Café||Mt Lawley||7/10|
|Monte Fiore||Mt Lawley||5/10|
|The Dizzy Witch Café||Northbridge||5/10|
|The Tuck Shop||Northbridge||6/10|
|Hobart Street Deli||North Perth||4/10|
|Pimlott and Strand||North Perth||6/10|
|Health Freak Café||Subiaco||4/10|
|The Subi Hotel||Subiaco||5.5/10|
|Gordon St Garage||West Perth||7.5/10|
|The West End Deli||West Leederville||6.5/10|
|The Ingredient tree||Wembley||6.5/10|
|Harvest Espresso||Vic Park||6/10|
|The Imp||Vic Park||6.5/10|
|The Precinct||Vic Park||6.5/10|
Number 2 #eggsploringperth
Well! As much as I am all for the North Side of Perth… The South Side has done a pretty good job on taking hold of the egg titles in the Top 5.
Gusto is a small, and busy café on Angelo St in South Perth. I am not being biased putting this place so high, just because there is Greek Doughnuts and Housemade Greek Sweets in the cabinet. Although… kataifi (walnut filled shredded filo pastry) for a post breakfast treat is probably the best thing I could ever think of.
Gusto has a huge a large breakfast menu – to which you can chop and change to suit your liking. Sides of avocado, sides of haloumi, sides of mushrooms, tomatoes.. salmon, you name it, it’s there. Gusto has options for the health conscious, with tasty home made gluten free breads and goats cheese with quinoa crunch. There’s also the options that aren’t so healthy like the home made crumpets and French cinnamon toast. Deeeelish.
Considering how busy Gusto is, the service we had was remarkable. Although bookings on weekends can’t be made for small tables, arriving on a Sunday before 9am will still get you a seat in the café. Even if the majority of people in there are wearing lycra. It is small, but it is not over crowded with too many tables or fancy things. It’s simplistic and it works. You aren’t on top of each other, and you can hear those at your table as you aren’t bombarded with people up at the counter yelling unnecessarily for their coffee orders. The staff at Gusto are chilled, they know how to handle pressure and are there to make your breakfast experience a good one.
Ordering up at the counter may encounter a small cue, but hey, the food comes out remarkably quick, so this isn’t a problem. The only problem at the counter is the array of delicious looking and smelling treats starting at you in the face. Melting moments, home made cakes, muffins, cookies.. more than difficult to resist. And you know what. Don’t resist. Buy something. Cause everything is awesome.
The food itself at Gusto is fantastic. Delicious, well presented, for a good price and decent size. What more could you ask for? I suppose you could ask for a great day of activities afterwards. Like going for a foreshore bike ride? or maybe a nice run at Kings Park? or even heading down to the Perth zoo afterwards?
Oh wait. You can do that. Because Gusto is literally 5 minutes away from all these things. This little gem is also kid and pet friendly, meaning you can go to your next activity place afterwards with out any hassle. Parking is all around the hood, so no problems there either.
Expect good quality food and service at Gusto. Water is brought to you, pepper is on the table, food is brought out quick, and there is service with a smile. The service may be too good? Or they maybe trying to get you out quickly for the next table to come in, because the only thing you can really fault is how quick they are to clean up after you. The bread is superb, the eggs are perfectly poached and the atmosphere is chilled and just right for a Sunday morning eggsplore.
The good things:
+ Great menu
+ Well priced
+ Fresh food and great taste
+ Large serves
+ Lots of options
+ Kid and Pet friendly
+ Great service
+ Quick kitchen service
The not so good things:
– No bookings available weekends
– Busy busy!
Number 3 #eggsploringperth
“Famously good food”
Finally, a place that lives up to expectations.
I am MORE than certain people get sick of my snapchats that show a picture of a perfect breakfast and a caption that says “eggs.” These snapchats are generally always at this place too. Sayers is a cafe that I visit frequently. It is close by, has quick kitchen service and is just bloody delicious. It may be a predictable place to have in Perths top 3, but it is more than well deserved! With a range of healthy options, such as green tea sourdough bread, quinoa and linseed bread, to smoke salmon tartlets, Sayers has a fantastic menu to suit anyone’s picky breakfast likes. You can add or remove items from the menu and it includes things like cinnamon saffron doughnuts and even half sized serves for those that don’t want to fit in an epic sized meal to start the day. Sayers provides a decent sized meal, for a good price.
Sayers WILL be busy, no matter what day or time you go. Weekends are hectic, so get in early if you want a table. Bookings are available only on weekdays. On a weekday, you will be able to get a seat either indoor or outdoor, and you generally only have to wait a short period of time when you order. The time you order to the time you get your meal is quick – even if it’s crazy busy. Props to the kitchen for never making me wait!
The food here is glorious. They don’t stick butter everywhere, the bread is always warm and perfectly toasted, and eff! The eggs are delightful. Never cold, never undercooked. They are always spot on. They are clearly fresh and free range and work well with all the combinations on the menu.
Inside Sayers is super crowded, and tables are quite close to each other. The decor is simple and hip, nothing over done (just like their toast) and nothing too out of the ordinary. Inside though, the tables are really quite small. I also had an incident once.. because the tables are a little and that plates so large… that when I cut into my bread… my plate flipped on top of me. Haha. In saying this, the waitress was over in an instant, cleaned up my egg mess, and I had a new meal within 5 minutes. I was also lucky the eggs didn’t pop on me when it flipped :P Outdoors is pleasant, you can hear each other talk, and even though tables are placed in a walk way, you don’t feel crowded or on top of each other.
The service at Sayers is fab – they must treat their staff right, because those working in there are always familiar and are good at recognising customers. They also are always smiling. Positive energy all round! They bring you knives and forks, and salt and pepper. You may even get lucky and have them bring you water too. Sayers is deserves the hype it receives. And the cakes taste as good as they look.
The good things:
+ Kitchen to table service
+ Customer service
+ Great tasting food
+ Fresh products (fresh, organic, and daily)
+ Menu choices and options
+ Serving size
+ Outdoor ambiance
+ Cabinet goods (they cater too!)
+ Opens at 7am
The not so good things:
– Inside noise
– Table sizes in side
A final note:
Lets be honest, we all know Leederville pretends to be hip and awesome. Sayers doesn’t pretend anything. 9/10