Breakfast disappointment: No 4 Blake Street, North Perth
One of the worst breakfasts I’ve ever had was at the site of No 4 Blake Street in North Perth, back when it was just called “Blake’s”, I think. I had a really horrible omelette, and Renay can’t recall what she had, but remembers that she didn’t like it either. North Perth is close to where we live, so we were pleased to hear that the restaurant had been relaunched and was meeting with some positive reviews (although I noted a few comments that breakfast was on the expensive side depending what you ordered). So could lightning strike in the same place twice at breakfast-time?
We arrived just before 8am and were surprised to find only one other person there, so seating on the rather comfortable chairs in the nice new decor wasn’t a problem. The breakfast (brunch) menu isn’t huge but includes the standard fare and a few interesting items such as “Keggery” (smoked cod, curried rice, soft egg, fresh herbs & toast – $19), “Chakchouka” (baked eggs, sweet onion, roast peppers & tomato – $18) and “Bangers and beans” (house beans, pork & fennel sausage & potato cake – $19). You can view the full brunch menu here and sophisticated dinner menu here – they also offer High Tea on Saturday afternoons.
The coffee was above average, so off to a good start.
There was no “full” breakfast on offer, so I decided to get some scrambled eggs on toast ($11) with a few sides (bacon, sausage and potato cake – $4 each), naturally expecting each to be a bigger serve than you’d get with a “set” breakfast. So when my $23 breakfast arrived, I was hit by two things – the liquid seeping out of my egg, and that I just paid $4 for one small sausage. To make matters worse, the scrambled eggs were so salty that they were inedible. I can’t begin to describe how unpleasant this was – even the bread tasted of nothing but salt. The “slab” of bacon was quite tasteless – go to West End Deli if you want to see how this is done properly. The potato cake was surprisingly delicious, but again at $4 I would have expected more than one. Compared to the quality of the full breakfasts at Sayers Sister or Gordon Street Garage (for no more money) – well, there is no comparison.
Renay ordered the “Breakfast Bruschetta” (avocado, tomato & mixed milk feta – $16), and she found the large amount of coriander mixed through the avocado way too overpowering. This was nowhere near as good as the similar dish at The Subiaco Hotel, which is simple and clean in comparison.
The waiter heard me saying that my eggs were disgusting, and it looked like the staff were expecting me to complain when we prepared to leave. I’m not one to make a fuss, however, so we just paid and left. Based on some of the other reviews online, dinner must be a very different experience because in our experience the food was over-salted, over-priced and over-rated. We definitely won’t be going back.