It’s been a while since I’ve done a listicle (not as painful as it sounds) and I’ve been meaning to write some more general articles, so I’m starting where two of my favourite things intersect: breakfast and chilli. I have a fairly high chilli tolerance and I’m a sucker for a spicy breakfast – chilli scrambled eggs in particular – but way too often dishes fail to deliver in the heat department.
Here’s seven of the best chilli breakfast dishes from around Perth. Leave a comment or send me an email to let me know what your favourite spicy breakfast dish is, or if there’s one I’ve missed.
Mary Street Bakery – Fried Chicken, Buttermilk Pancake, Peanuts, Maple, Chilli & a Fried Egg
A legendary Perth breakfast, and rightfully so. Definitely not a dish for second-breakfast, this is an imposing plate of food that doesn’t smack you in the face with chilli but definitely gets the job done. I find the fried egg unnecessary but hey, it’s breakfast so why not.
Mary Street Bakery
507 Beaufort Street, Highgate | 272 Railway Pde West, Leederville | Allendale Square Perth CBD
Mon – Sun 7am – 4pm (Highgate & Leederville) | Mon-Fri 7am – 4pm & Sat 7am – 3pm (Allendale Square)
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The Wild Fig Cafe, Scarborough – Eggs on Fire
This is the most recent chilli breakfast dish I discovered, and it’s the one that delivers the best all-round chilli kick. It’s a spicy alternative to a full breakfast with bacon, eggs of your choice, harissa, smashed avocado, chorizo & chilli salsa, sweetcorn potato cake and a jalapeno popper stuffed with cream cheese! You can see the generous serving of chilli in the salsa, although it’s the harissa that delivers the real punch. Try coffee in a cone while you’re there…
Chapas, Mount Lawley – Sriracha and Cheese Scrambled Eggs
Chapas introduced its Asian-fusion brunch menu back in May, and there was no stopping me when I saw this dish on the menu. Served with chilli garlic sauteed mushrooms, you can also add chinese bbq pork to any brunch dish, and why wouldn’t you?
May Street Larder, East Fremantle – Soul Sandwich
Another legendary Perth dish that has long surpassed its 20,000th serving. Featuring a polenta waffle, buttermilk fried chicken, avocado, smoked sour cream, chilli maple syrup & jalapenos, this is a more savoury dish than the Mary Street Bakery one, but no less delicious.
Scott Bridger, Executive Chef and co-owner of May Street Larder and Bib & Tucker, loves chilli and I spent a most enjoyable evening at one of his chilli workshops. Read about it here.
La Veen, Perth – Shakshuka
Slow cooked eggs with a spicy sauce of capsicum, tomato & onion, yoghurt and dukkah – adding the optional chorizo, of course. There are many examples of this kind-of-dish around town, but La Veen’s is hard to beat. The cafe is also home to some of Perth’s best coffee so you can’t go wrong.
Frisch & Barc, Como – Singapore Chilli Crab Omelette
Served with grilled enoki mushrooms, Asian herb salad and ciabatta toast, this isn’t to my English tastes but I have it on good authority that it’s quite delicious, and with the chilli hit you would expect from such a dish.
Hylin, West Leederville – Grilled Chorizo, Fried Egg & Creamed Corn
This might not sound like a chilli dish, but that little bowl of chipotle sauce on the side joins with the spicy chorizo (and beautiful creamed corn) to wake you up in the most stylish manner. While not the spiciest dish on this page, it satisfies my spicy cravings and this is one of my favourite Perth breakfast plates. Hylin also serve a dish of chilli cheese scrambled eggs with slices jamon and truffled wild mushrooms if this doesn’t take your fancy.
Bonus entries, addenda and miscellany
There are some great Perth chilli breakfasts that are sadly no longer with us: Akoori scrambled eggs from Tbsp. Shakshuka from Timber. Every breakfast dish from El Publico. All sorely missed.
My all-time favourite chilli breakfast dish isn’t found in Perth at all. It’s chilli cheese scrambled eggs from Melbourne’s White Mojo, with fried chilli, mozzarella, scrambled egg, roasted corn, chipotle mayo and a slab of double smoked belly bacon on brioche. White Mojo was designed for Instagram, but its food and coffee are so good that none of that matters. It’s the first place I’ll be heading when I’m next in Melbourne.