West End Deli | West Perth
Going out for breakfast is so much more exciting than eating peanut butter on toast whilst leaning on the kitchen bench at home. There are even blogs dedicated to the wonders of breakfast dining in Perth such as Breakfast in Perth, Our Breakfast Club, the most important meal of the day & Perth Breakfast Club.
Having heard about the legendary breakfasts at West End Deli from, well, almost every other food blogger in Perth – I was quite late to jump on this breakfast bandwagon. West End Deli during the day is distinctly different to West End Deli at night. Our dinner visit last year was pre-food sponge, so no review is available; but I recall it was a mixed experience where we left feeling underwhelmed yet optimistic about this quirky, charming street corner café in a quiet residential street.
However, this is a breakfast review so let’s get back to the point. I was tempted to revisit after watching a TV package on Perth food blogging featuring Mei from Libertine Eats thoroughly enjoying her house smoked salmon with a slow cooked egg on creamed spinach & toasted brioche (Mei’s photo is a thousand times better quality than the one above).
After far too much deliberation, I boldly chose a flavour I have never eaten before. Sweet & savoury pancakes. I’m well aware it’s a common flavour combination, particularly after watching too many American shows over the years, but I have personally never sampled this one before. Chewy wholemeal pancakes, lashings of Calvados cream (underneath), thin strips of salty streaky bacon all drizzled with sweet maple syrup. I have to admit – the sweetness & saltiness confused my palate. The plating of the pancakes & bacon was uninspired & did not appeal to my ‘eat first with your eyes’ philosophy. I’ll stick to the sweet pancake combination in future.
Food A fascinating brunch menu indeed. I really did spend about 15 minutes trying to decide what to order. Outstanding coffee.
Service Just the right amount of attention & service.
Design Now that’s what you call an Open Kitchen. Great interior design concept. The hanging chair & rope chandelier, stripped back walls, random mirrors, concrete floors, recycled paper/clipboard menu, vintage tables & chairs. It looks & feels fantastic. Oh it makes me want to reinvigorate many a derelict suburban corner store.
Highlight The atmosphere. It really is an exciting little café by day.
Lowlight Our two dishes took a long time to be served, in a half-occupied café.
Rating 2.5 hanging chairs out of 5
Will we be back I’ll be back.