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Breakfast Review: Pimlott & Strand, North Perth

It’s amazing how you can easily miss a good thing – I drive on Fitzgerald Street in North Perth every day to get to and from work, although I’d never given a second thought to the cafe at the front of North Perth Plaza, which turns out to be gourmet deli & cafe Pimlott & Strand. Having discovered this quite by accident, we decided to go there for breakfast on Saturday morning and were pleased to see them open at a bright 7:30am. There are plenty of tables inside and outside, and the walls are lined with interesting gourmet produce. The cabinets are full of meats, cheeses & pasta as well as savoury lunch items, pastries and macarons. Breakfast options include muesli, crepes (berry or chestnut) and eggs done in some interesting ways – I was quite tempted by the “Eggs Hamburg” ($15.50) with parmesan herbed beef, poached egg, free…

Enjoying your Subway Footlong? Not quite…

The New York Post recently measured the length of Subway “Footlong” subs from various location throughout New York, and discovered that four out of seven were only 11 or 11.5 inches long. It seems we may have a similar problem here in Australia, based on this recent post from their Facebook page: Of course this post has since been taken down – what kind of idiot would make a statement like that? If you’re a regular Subway eater, I’d suggest you take a ruler with you in future. (via FoodBeast)

No photos, just anger: Italians Restaurant, Dianella

I wasn’t going to review tonight’s dinner as we were both tired and hungry after a long week and in need of a quick but decent feed before heading home. What we experienced, however, was some of the worst food I can remember, and there’s just no way I can let it pass. Italians Restaurant is located on the corner of Walter Road and Coode Street in Dianella, and according to its website are “Perth’s pasta specialists” with “quality fresh produced handled lightly and cooked precisely”. Apparently they even do degustation dinners. It’s close to home and we’ve been meaning to give it a try – it’s rated at 75% on Urbanspoon so we were expecting it to be ok, although the reviews vary from good to bad. Firstly, I should point out that the wait-staff were efficient and friendly – but alarm bells started ringing when we were told that…

Breakfast Review: The Subiaco Hotel

The Subiaco Hotel was built in 1896, and transformed into its current “gastro-pub” form in 1994. Its award winning restaurant opens for breakfast at 7:00am every day, which is a great start – far too many places only open at 8:30 or 9:00am. We went for breakfast twice over the Christmas / New Year break, and on both occasions had no trouble getting a table, and found the service to be efficient and friendly without being over the top. The first time we went was on one of Perth’s recent very hot days, and despite the restaurant being open there was plenty of ventilation on offer. The table settings are simple, and there is plenty of room between tables so it doesn’t feel crowded even when busy. The breakfast menu contains some interesting items, and it’s all very reasonably priced. As well as the usual eggs on toast & muesli, you can…

Disappointing Breakfast Review: The Precinct, Victoria Park

The Precinct Restaurant in Victoria Park has been high on our list of places to try for breakfast, although in the early days it didn’t open until 9am which is about 2 hours too late for me. These days it’s open from 7:30am in the week and 8:00am on weekends, and today was the day to give it a go. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great experience. I was pleasantly surprised by was the size of restaurant, and was expecting to have to fight for a tiny stool in a corner much like The Tuck Shop Cafe or nearby The Imp. It was by no means empty, but there were still plenty of tables available. It was a bit strange that we had to wait to be seated by the lady who was busy running the till, but there you go. Maybe I’m getting old, but the music was far too…

Quick Breakfast Review: Cranked, Leederville

One of our semi-regular weekend breakfast destinations is Cranked in Leederville. It’s a popular cafe – particularly with large groups of cyclists – that is open seven days for breakfast and lunch and also Thursday night for “casual drinks and dining”. Cranked opens nice and early for breakfast at 6:30am on weekdays, 7:00am on Saturday and 8:00am on Sunday. The menu is very reasonably priced and includes items like New Norcia toast with preserves ($6.50), eggs on toast ($11.50) with the usual accompaniments ($3.50 each), pancakes with berry compote, maple syrup and marscapone ($10.00), omelette with ham, cherry tomato & chives served on sourdough ($16.00) and the full “big boy” breakfast ($19.50). Check out the full breakfast menu here and lunch menu here. The coffee here is always good, but I wouldn’t call it exceptional. Renay’s chai latte came with a little tube of honey, which is a nice touch.…

Margaret River Gourmet Escape – Gourmet Village

The central event of this year’s Gourmet Escape long weekend in Margaret River – i.e. the one most accessible to the masses – was the Gourmet Village held at Leeuwin Estate Winery on the Saturday and Sunday. On offer was a considerable number of food & wine exhibits as well as opportunities to meet / greet / observe from a distance / buy cookbooks from the numerous celebrity chefs in attendance. If you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t aware of what you missed, you can download the programme here. I was expecting to see the same vendors that grace almost every event in Perth, although it was a nice surprise to see quite a few that I’d never seen before. As you’d expect there were a lot of wine producers exhibiting, but it didn’t feel like the food was in too much of a minority. The currency on site for…