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One of our semi-regular weekend breakfast destinations is Cranked in Leederville. It’s a popular cafe – particularly with large groups of cyclists – that is open seven days for breakfast and lunch and also Thursday night for “casual drinks and dining”.
Cranked opens nice and early for breakfast at 6:30am on weekdays, 7:00am on Saturday and 8:00am on Sunday. The menu is very reasonably priced and includes items like New Norcia toast with preserves ($6.50), eggs on toast ($11.50) with the usual accompaniments ($3.50 each), pancakes with berry compote, maple syrup and marscapone ($10.00), omelette with ham, cherry tomato & chives served on sourdough ($16.00) and the full “big boy” breakfast ($19.50). Check out the full breakfast menu here and lunch menu here.
The coffee here is always good, but I wouldn’t call it exceptional.
Renay’s chai latte came with a little tube of honey, which is a nice touch.
The dish that takes me back to Cranked for is the Con-Carnivore ($14.00), described as “toasted sourdough with cheddar cheese and chef’s beef chilli, topped with a fried egg and garnished with rocket”. To make it extra breakfasty I usually add a side-serve of bacon ($3.50), and last time we went it looked like this:
Seriously substantial. As you would expect, the chilli varies in flavour every time but it’s always very tasty – not too spicy, but then how hot do you want it at breakfast anyway – and the egg makes it a lovely breakfast dish. Today, however, it looked like this:
Still enough rocket to kill an elephant, but I reckon today’s serving was about half the size – even down to the thickness of the toast. And I’m not sure what to do with the butter! Everything tasted fine, but today I felt ripped off by the serving size compared to what I’ve had in the past. I hope this is a once off.
Renay usually swears by the toasty (bacon, fried egg and tomato in a ciabattini roll with horseradish aioli bbq sauce, $11.00) but today she tried the corn and chive fritters with spinach, bacon, avocado and tomato drizzled with fresh pesto ($16.50).
Her initial reaction was that the fritters were tasty, although she was expecting something crispy rather than these quite solid pancakes and found the dish very dry to eat, with the pesto in particular being unpleasant. I suggested that maple syrup might brighten it up, but she felt that the dish as a whole just didn’t work.
It seems we caught Cranked on an off-day, which is a shame because we usually enjoy eating there and it’s good value for money. The service is friendly and efficient, and the “open” nature of the cafe makes for a relaxed dining experience. We’ll definitely be going back, but another day like today and it might be the last time.