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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…

Margaret River Gourmet Escape – BBQ Dinner with Matt Moran

It seems like the majority of Perth foodies went to at least one event at the Gourmet Escape in Margaret River last weekend. Intended to become the leading food and wine event in the Asia Pacific Region, it attracted international chefs such as Rene Redzepi, David Chang, Alex Atala & Sat Bains and many local favourites including Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore, Tetsuya Wakuda, Kylie Kwong, Matt Moran & George Calombaris. Heston Blumenthal was scheduled to be the main star of the show, but tragically had to pull out at the last minute. Side note: For those of you not familiar with Margaret River, it’s an area of Western Australia located some 270km (170 miles) south of Perth that is well known as a premium wine and food region, and has many award winning wineries, restaurants and accommodation. Find out more here and here. As well as the main “Gourmet Village” event held…

Today’s breakfast at Tuck Shop

If you haven’t been to Tuck Shop Cafe, Pie-House and Delicatessen on Newcastle Street then you really should give it a try. My breakfast choice today was breakfast rissole, crumbed potato cake, tomato relish and poached egg ($17.50) which was simply outstanding. And a side serve of toast, of course – I never knew toast could be that good. Great service, excellent coffee and some of the best food in town – you can even have pork belly for breakfast. What more could you ask for?