Breakfast Surprise: Coventry Seafood Bar & Grill, Morley
I was in need of a quick, decent breakfast at the start of a busy Sunday so I decided to head down to Coventry Village in Morley, a market that always seems to be busy these days and has an ever increasing selection of shops, including restaurants and fresh foods. There’s plenty of places to choose from, and not feeling brave enough for a $10 breakfast with horrible coffee I decided to head to one of the bigger restaurants, Coventry Seafood Bar & Grill, which is on the outside of the markets on Walter Road.
Arriving at 9:30am I was surprised to find it empty. The waitresses remarked that it had been busy earlier, but then commented that “busy” for them was three tables! Apparently it gets much busier for lunch and is at capacity on a Saturday night.
Whilst perusing the menu, I ordered a cappuccino which was surprisingly good – so much so that I had another. A piece of beautiful orange flavoured biscotti came with the coffee which was a really nice touch.
Coventry’s opens for breakfast each day (from 9am on weekdays and 8am on weekends), and the fairly limited selection of options includes homemade granola ($11.50), buttermilk pancakes ($10.95), smoked salmon bagel ($14.50), smoked Scottish kippers ($16.50) and eggs Benedict ($16.50). Breakfast actually forms part of the “all day” menu which is available until 3pm, so I guess you could have something like seafood chowder (14.50), Caesar Salad ($15.50) or a steak sandwich with chips & salad ($16.50) for breakfast if you were so inclined.
Naturally I ordered the “Full House Breakfast” with eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, beans, hash browns, mushrooms & toast ($18.50) and was quite astonished to receive the massive plate of excellent food you can see above. The eggs were lovely and creamy, sausages nice and herby, the baked beans had a dollop of pesto in the middle. The mushrooms were really tasty and I’ve never seen roasted tomato served like that at breakfast before. Seriously impressive and quite unexpected.
There’s also a vegetarian version available with eggs, spinach, tomato, beans, hashbrowns, mushrooms & toast ($17.75).
Dinner seems to be their main focus, with a comprehensive menu full of seafood, steak & chicken main courses in the $25-40 range and a large selection of entrees, desserts and drinks – something for everyone. See their Facebook page here for more info. I’m not a huge seafood eater but there are onion rings ($6.50) on the menu which could be enough to draw me in…
I find it hard to believe I could get a breakfast that good for such a reasonable price in a restaurant that was empty at 9:30am on a Sunday. There isn’t a large variety of breakfast dishes on the menu but I couldn’t fault the quality and price of what I had, and sometimes you don’t want to eat in a crowded, noisy restaurant. Even the coffee was good. Recommended.