All the way back from 1969 – looks more honest than today’s burger photos.
All the way back from 1969 – looks more honest than today’s burger photos.
I’ve struggled to find somewhere decent to have breakfast around Morley Galleria, Dome is the best of a bad bunch inside – don’t ever, EVER, have breakfast at the Coffee Club – and the offerings at Coventry Village are improving but still a bit dubious. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the existence of Cafe Mulberries, located in a group of shops on Progress Street right next to the Galleria.
I had a day off from work today (Friday) and decided to visit Cafe Mulberries for breakfast. Their breakfast menu is quite comprehensive but not at all fussy, so there should be something for everyone. I’d encourage you to look at their surprisingly decent website, which includes photos and other information as well as the breakfast and lunch menus.
The Cafe was quite busy when I arrived at about 8:30am, and most of the people there were waiting for coffee so I had high hopes. Unfortunately, my cappuccino couldn’t be described as anything better than average.
Wow. I ordered the “Farmhouse Breakfast” ($17.50) with scrambled eggs (I saw others with poached eggs and they looked a bit rough) and extra baked beans ($3). There was certainly nothing to complain about with the serving size! There was a generous amount of everything (well, a second hash brown would have been nice but that’s just being greedy). There was two pieces of thick toast under the huge mound of egg which was a nice change. I like scrambled egg in that solid but soft & buttery form, although it was underseasoned and didn’t taste of much. Either the beans or sausage tasted mildly of curry, I couldn’t work out which but it wasn’t overly unpleasant.
Cafe Mulberries is open from 6am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to 3pm on Sunday, which gets many brownie points in my book; I can’t think of anywhere else I can get a decent breakfast at 6am (and don’t even think of suggesting Fast Eddy’s). Service was friendly and quick, the coffee was disappointing but the food was good, and given the serving size and overall experience I can’t really find anything to complain about and will definitely be going back. Recommended.
This looks wrong in more ways than one. If you’re lucky enough to be in the USA this monstrosity will cost you a mere $1.49.
So what’s new on Macca’s overseas menus this week? Burger Business reports that McDonald’s Germany is offering McCurrywurst, a mix of pork bratwurst chunks in spicy tomato sauce accompanied by a shaker of mild or “sharp” curry powder. Sausages and curry can go well together, but I’m not sure about this one.
Also in Germany we have this curious BBQ Pork McMuffin, with “muffin, pork preparation, lettuce, cheese preparation, sliced tomatoes, smoky BBQ sauce” according to the Google translator. Why curious? This is a breakfast item! Mmm…all the preparations…
Speaking of breakfast, Foodbeast reports that McDonald’s Turkey is selling a “Turkish Breakfast Menu” item with cucumber, olive, tomatoes, feta, cheese, an omelette and an English McMuffin. Hmm. This is no Massive McMuffin.
Also in Turkey you can get hotcakes, which look like they come with some kind of plastic slime sticky toy and a selection of barbecue sauces.
Yes, this is a real burger from USA chain Jake’s Wayback Burgers - nine patties and nine slices of cheese totalling a massive 5,100 calories, available for a very reasonable US$12.99 (about AU$12.50). Apparently during its one month test-run a customer ate one in two minutes! The salad looks a little redundant if you ask me…
(via Obvious Winner - click the link to see what the burger REALLY looks like)
As regular readers will know, I like to try new places and only return to a restaurant when there’s something on offer that I can’t get anywhere else. With this in mind, it took me somewhat by surprise when we discovered Piccos Kitchen in Maylands last year, as the food and service has taken us back there time after time for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Located somewhat unglamorously between a laundromat and a deli, Piccos would best be described as an “intimate” restauarant, and there’s seating for around 30 including a few tables outside. On entering, you will be warmly greeted by Marissa or one of her staff, who have somehow been trained to always provide the perfect level of attentiveness. Piccos is one of those rare places where they actually do want to get to know you, and make the effort to remember your name.
We usually go to Piccos for breakfast but our most recent visit was for Valentine’s Day dinner, where Chef Adam created a special five course menu with enough choices to satisfy most diners. The restaurant was specially re-arranged to accomodate couples, and there were about 15 tables. Each diner received a rolled-up copy of the evening’s menu tied with a ribbon, a simple touch but one that demonstrates the care taken.
Every course was as good as the last – with the last being a perfect, oozing chocolate fondant – and it’s a shame that it was too dark to take photos without a flash for most of the evening. You can see plenty of pictures on their Facebook page, and the photo above is of my baked brie (how did they know that baked cheese is one of my most favourite things?) Most amazingly, this meal cost a mere $75 per head for five courses. We left with no doubt that they can’t be in this for the money – passion and care is well and truly on show.
I could go on about how good the breakfasts are (great coffee, the bacon egg & brie butty, the best scrambled eggs in town – when they’re on the menu HINT HINT) or the amazing pate and terrines from their popular Poach Pear range, but I’ll let you experience them for yourself. I don’t have many photos to show, that’s because when there I’m too busy enjoying myself. There are plenty of photos and sample menus to see on Facebook and Urbanspoon.
Piccos is open for breakfast 7 days a week and dinner on Thursday and Friday only – I’d suggest making a booking as tables go fast. The dinner menus change every day, and usually include a range of pasta, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes at around $25-$35. The counter fridge is always well stocked with pies, sandwiches, salads etc and you will come face to face with a tempting selection of gourmet cakes & tarts. There’s also a thoughtful kids menu, so don’t be afraid to take the family.
As the title says, Piccos is my favourite place, and it’s been one of those “secrets” that you want to tell everyone about but at the same time desperately want to keep to yourself – hence why I haven’t reviewed it until now. Piccos Kitchen receives my highest recommendation.
The Illawarra Mercury has reported that McDonald’s is currently testing table service in Warilla, New South Wales. The trial has been approved by McDonald’s USA headquarters, and will run over a limited five week period. During this time, anyone ordering a Grand Angus, Big Mac or Chicken Deluxe meal on a Monday or Tuesday between 5pm and 8pm will have the option of having it delivered to their table on a china plate with cutlery. This idea came about after the franchisees served their parents in this way and other diners asked how they could order that!
The Warilla store has also been testing a mobile app that allows people to order food in advance, so this is obviously a very forward-thinking restaurant. If you’ve been there – or tried the table service – let us know what you thought in the comments.