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The Brook Bar & Bistro in Ellenbrook is our “local”, the place you go to by default to catch up with friends who live nearby or grab a chicken parmy when you’ve had a rough day and can’t be bothered cooking. We’ve been there a few times since moving to Ellenbrook nearly six months ago – usually for dinner – but today we decided to try breakfast, which is served every Sunday from 8am – 10:30am.
You can see the breakfast and other menus here. Lunch and dinner at The Brook is available seven days a week.
There’s no two ways about it, the coffee was horrible but that’s no great surprise. I’d suggest having a juice or tea and going next door to the new Jaxx Espresso Bar afterwards. Incidentally, Jaxx will be serving all-day weekend breakfasts from early February – watch out for my review.
Today I decided against the standard eggs+++, and ordered the “New York Stack”, a pile of pancakes with bacon and maple syrup ($17). This was a very generous serving, and very tasty if perhaps a little too sweet. I also ordered a side-serve of hash browns (two for $4), and this was more than enough to satisfy even my ample frame.
The rather brief menu also includes fruit toast ($6), house toasted muesli with fruit and yoghurt ($12), eggs Benedict ($16) and Spanish beans & chorizo with poached eggs, feta and sourdough ($18). Kids can choose from pancakes with maple syrup & ice cream ($9) or scrambled eggs with sausage & toast ($9).
I was expecting Renay to order the zucchini & sweet corn potato cakes with with avocado spread, grilled haloumi, poached egg and hollandaise ($22), however she chose the “Big Brook Breakkie” with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, hash brown, grilled tomato and toasted sourdough. The eggs were excellent, two slices of thick toast is unusually generous and everything else was of decent quality and quantity. Surely no-one eats the pile of raw greenery??
The main issue with this breakfast is the price – a very steep $25, which puts it at the top end of Perth breakfasts. We’re a fair way out of the Swan Valley tourist zone, and there’s nothing particularly expensive on this plate – a pile of chorizo, for example – so I find this price hard to justify, regardless of quality.
In our experience, lunch and dinner at The Brook is much like breakfast – it’s not cheap, but there’s never anything to complain about. Servings are always generous – bring a doggie bottle if you ever order the soup – and the food arrives promptly, is cooked well and ingredients are of high quality. The best thing I’ve eaten at The Brook was these churros, served with dulce de leche (amazing), chilli chocolate (a little disappointing) and strawberry (also amazing) sauces ($12).
Side note: kids eat free at The Brook on Monday nights. I strongly recommend you don’t eat there on a Monday night unless you have kids, or like being surrounded by them when you’re nursing a headache after a long day at work.
It’s hard to recommend The Brook for breakfast if you don’t live in Ellenbrook, as it’s relatively expensive and there’s nothing really special on offer. If you are visiting the Swan Valley then there are plenty of other choices in much nicer settings, although overpricing and uninspired breakfast menus seem to run rampant in the area.
At the time I write this, there isn’t a better Sunday breakfast option in Ellenbrook – Oscars is very dated, I don’t give Dome the time of day, and I had the worst breakfast of my entire life at Princi’s. This is one for the locals only, but you won’t be getting any complaints from them.