Breakfast review: Jezebelle, Guildford
As regular readers will know, we have recently moved to Ellenbrook and although there are plenty of Sunday breakfast destinations in the Swan Valley, most of them seem to open late (10am in some cases), and the fare tends to be average quality and over-priced – it is a tourist area, I guess. Today we ventured a little further (but surprisingly closer than we expected) to Guildford to try breakfast at Jezebelle, a well-regarded restaurant better known for its tapas.
Jezebelle opens at 7am on weekends for breakfast, so that’s bonus points from me for starters. We arrived a little after 8am and were surprised to find it mostly empty, although there were some reserved tables and a few couples came in not long after us. The fitout is very stylish – perhaps a little dark for breakfast – and the seats look awkward but are actually very comfortable.
The breakfast menu can be viewed here, and most items include a twist on the usual including home-made fruit & nut bread ($8), mushrooms with pumpkin, goats cheese and scrambled eggs on rye ($16), brioche eggs benedict with jamon or smoked salmon ($16) and crab & chorizo omelette with toast ($18). Their bread is from Jean Pierre Sancho and you have the choice of rye, sourdough, brioche or gluten free with your meal.
My cappuccino ($3.90) was excellent, a very smooth blend and not too hot – just the way I like it.
As well as the usual selection of hot beverages they serve “old fashioned strawberry lemonade” ($5.90), and even house sparkling with orange juice ($7). I can’t resist a white hot chocolate ($4.50) when I see it on a menu, and in this case it certainly didn’t disappoint.
I chose the “Big Jezzy Brekky” with eggs (scrambled), bacon, mushrooms, potato rosti, spicy merguez sausage, chili beans and sourdough toast ($25). Unfortunately my bacon was very overdone to the point where it simply shattered when cut, and my potato rosti was about the same. As a whole, however, this was an excellent breakfast and I can forgive the overdone items, even at $25. This was a substantial plate of quality food – the mushrooms were a standout for me, which is hughly unusual – and I wouldn’t hesitate to have this again. The spicy sausage – and dare I say it – homemade chili beans made a nice change, too.
Renay chose the ricotta pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and whipped cream ($14) which she absolutely loved. Her bacon was crispy, but thankfully not as overcooked as mine. The pancakes were very light, and of course it’s hard to go wrong with this combination of savoury and sweet.
If you’re too late for breakfast then you can always try the tapas from lunch until late from Wednesday to Sunday. You can see the tapas menu here, and it includes way too many items to list – the pork belly with peanut, chilli, fennel and orange ($24) sounds like a good place to start, however…
We really enjoyed our visit to Jezebelle and expect that it will become a regular destination. The food & coffee was excellent, and the service was friendly, attentive and efficient without being at all in the way. Highly recommended.