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With spring starting to make an appearance at last in Perth and with only just over 3 months left in the year (eep!), I realised it was time I got a move-on on that goal of mine to eat at as many new places as possible. What better way to kickstart operations than with my favourite meal of the day – brunch? After comparing menus from our shortlist of places to try, my fellow brunchers and I decided to check out The Old Laundry at North Perth this past weekend.
Seated by the sidewalk out the front surrounded by one of my favourite colour combinations of black, white and Tiffany blue, the sky overhead clear and sunny without being stifling, things were immediately off to a good start. I happily settled down to peruse the breakfast menu.
There were 4 items that immediately caught my eye. Luckily for me, A and O both agreed these were the most exciting options and we decided to order all 4 dishes between the 3 of us.
I went for the green eggs and ham ($21). I had imagined shreds of pork hock served on green pea and polenta fried cakes. As it turned out, the pork was IN the fried cakes and the dish was therefore not as substantial as I had imagined. Nevertheless, it was tasty, the fried cakes having a lovely crunch and a slight zingy taste that was nicely complemented by the freshness of the rocket salad and the creamy aioli on the plate.
The real winner that tied everything together, though, were the 2 perfectly poached eggs perched on top. The whites were silky smooth and firm while the yolks were still deliciously oozy without being too watery. Bliss!
A ordered the sweet potato and chorizo hash ($19) with a side order of mushroom and pesto ($5). The hash was a hearty dish packed full of salty sweet flavour with just a hint of spice, but I found it a little too oily and would have probably struggled to eat it all on my own. I thought the oiliness could have been toned down by substituting the fried egg on top for poached instead.
O had the smashed pumpkin bruschetta ($16). This was another nicely balanced dish between the sweetness and creaminess of the pumpkin with the salty crumbly feta as well as the dukkah sprinkled liberally over the top. Our only criticism of this dish was that there was only 1 poached egg, which we thought was just plain stingy. Come on – 2 pieces of toast, 2 eggs; am I right? At least they were consistent in that this lone egg was again perfectly poached.
This dish came out looking pretty as a picture, but suffered flavour-wise because it was cold by the time we got to eat it (more on that later). I couldn’t fault the textural contrasts and flavour combination of the crisp pastry, sticky salted caramel, gooey peanut butter, the light chocolate mousse, fresh strawberries, dehydrated raspberries and slices of banana. But at the back of my mind, I couldn’t help thinking about how much better the dish would have been if the pop tart had been warm.
My usual coffee order of a long macchiato ($3.50) was served on a pretty turquoise saucer with a foam fern on top. It was satisfactorily mellow but a little on the weak side and therefore not quite up there with my pick of the best coffees in town.
The staff were friendly and helpful, making sure we were aware that breakfast orders close at 11.30am so that we could get our orders in on time. They were also very accommodating in allowing us to wander around after our meal so that we could check out the surroundings a bit better.
Our only complaint was with the pop tart. When we gave our order, we had specified for the pop tart to be brought out as dessert AFTER we had finished our savouries. Our waitress acknowledged this request, yet moments later the pop tart was delivered together with our other dishes. Instead of keeping it warm or making a new one, it was obvious that our pop tart had simply been left to sit for the 1/2 hour or so it took us to eat our 1st course, which prevented me from being truly able to enjoy what should probably have been a great dish.
The Old Laundry is bigger than it looks, with a bar area to one side, a dining room with several small tables along one side and one long bench down the other side, and outdoor eating areas both at the front and at the back. The decor is trendy and eclectic, with a wall of interesting art prints behind the long bench and an old clothes washer in the outdoor area at the back. I am assuming it is this fixture that gave this cafe its name.
Food is a little on the pricey side considering the small portion sizes, however, at $3.50, the coffee is among the cheapest in town.
7am-midnight Fri and Sat
Last breakfast orders by 11.30am
22 Angove St, North Perth, Western Australia
(08) 6162 1105
There’s plenty of street parking nearby and a parking lot just across the road off Angove St. The area is also home to several other eateries and trendy boutiques – I think I might just have to return and explore several other options in the locale!
An enjoyable enough brunch, but neither the coffee nor the food stood out enough to entice me to return unless the menu is updated with a few more exciting choices, in which case I could be tempted by the ease of parking and getting a table, as well as by the laidback vibe.
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