I really need to spend more time in Fremantle, there are so many places I have to visit – starting with breakfast of course.
Today we caught up with our friends Lucy and Jo for brekky, and met at Don Tapa at 9am to find they weren’t open until 10 (despite what their Facebook page says). Grr. Not wanting to wait an hour, we executed Plan B and headed the short distance to Bread in Common.
Coffee service was quick but it took a little while for our meal orders to be taken; my long mac was okay but nothing exceptional. Coffee is from West Perth roastery Mano a Mano.
The first thing that caught my eye was the shape of the eggs – well, it was actually the involuntary breach of egg-bean separation but I’m not going there today. The eggs were perfectly cooked, although the shape conjured up memories of many a dodgy cafe. Looking at it now, maybe this dish is meant to be a play on simple home-cooked bacon, eggs and beans…not sure.
The pork belly was crisp, although a little dry and hard to cut in places – but still quite tasty. The beans suffered from that common home-made-beans thing of being just a little too firm with a wishy-washy sauce. Half a piece of toast was nowhere near enough to mop up two eggs and a plateful of beans. Hmm.
The house-made hot sauce was delivered to the table in a small bottle, and added some much-needed flavour although I would have liked it hotter (no surprise there).
I found the menu as a whole a little limited, and note that there’s no way (on the menu, anyway) to add extras to this dish, or even to get poached eggs.
I wouldn’t call this a toastie, and would have been disappointed if I’d ordered it.
Lucy and Jo shared some fruit toast (happy about the inclusion of figs / argued about whether the generous slab of house made butter was enough) and I tried a lemon tart ($3.50) which was small but delicious with really crisp pastry and a tangy filling.
We had no complaints about any of the food, coffee or service that we received at Bread in Common today, but all four of us left feeling a little underwhelmed. Pity Don Tapa wasn’t open.