Hylin, West Leederville – Perth breakfast review

Hylin

Not being able to eat as much as I used to has proven to be a great incentive to try new places for breakfast – there’s no temptation to visit old haunts for a massive plate of an old favourite! After last week’s disappointment at Foam Coffee Bar, we headed back to Leederville this morning to try the popular cafe Hylin, and thankfully had a much more enjoyable experience.

Hylin

Located in a leafy area on Railway Parade, Hylin’s separation from the Leederville “mainstream” gives it the definite feel of a local suburban cafe, and that shows in the friendliness of the staff and their obvious attention to detail. We arrived just after 7am, and were amazed to find six staff working behind the counter and in the kitchen.

Hylin is open from Monday to Saturday from 6:30am to 3pm – unfortunately they’re closed on Sunday!

Hylin

There’s a great sense of openness inside, and it’s a very relaxed place to sit and eat, work on your laptop or just read the paper. It’s in no way pretentious, unlike many places where you constantly worry whether you’re trendy enough to be there, or feel pressured to leave as soon as you’ve finished your last bite.

Hylin

We were expecting the coffee – supplied by local roaster Micrology – to be top notch and we weren’t disappointed. A short mac is all I can manage now at breakfast (if I intend to eat afterwards, anyway) and it’s a great way to get my early morning shot.

Hylin

The menu is pretty simple compared to a lot of places around town, but if the food is good enough then that isn’t usually a problem. The “standard” menu includes items such as fruit toast ($6), ham & cheese croissant ($7.50), breakfast wrap (9$ or $8 for the vegetarian version) and homemade Spanish beans with chorizo & poached eggs ($16.50). There are also a selection of sides to choose from, such as half an avocado ($3.50), sauteed spinach or mushrooms ($4) and roasted cherry tomatoes ($4).

Today there was also a small specials menu, including breakfast bruschetta ($12.50) and two brunch items which sounded very good – a pork roll (pulled pork, spiced slaw & Swiss cheese – $12.50) and a chicken burger (chicken breast, pineapple slaw, Swiss cheese & chipotle sauce – $12.50)

HylinFeeling gastricly challenged today I decided to go for something relatively simple, and ordered some simple poached eggs on toast ($10.50) with a side of “Elmar’s thick cut smoked bacon” ($5). I don’t see the shame in ordering bacon & eggs, if it’s done well then it can be as good as something more complex (take West End Deli or Cantina 663 for example), and this plate from Hylin was no exception. Great ingredients perfectly cooked – what more could you ask for? (well okay, for $5 worth of “thick cut” bacon I was expecting to get a slab like at West End Deli, but I’m nitpicking now).

Hylin

Renay chose the “smashed avocado and eggs” ($14.50) from the specials menu. Much like my bacon and eggs, this was a simple combination of great ingredients perfectly seasoned and prepared with care. We both liked the sprinkling of fried shallots and chives on top of our eggs, which added an interesting flavour & texture without being too distracting from the main event.

Hylin

We couldn’t fault our experience at Hylin today, and will definitely be back. I can’t think of more pleasant surroundings to sit and enjoy great coffee and food, and it’s cheap, too – our total bill was $37.50, which is a good $10 under our usual total.

Highly recommended.
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About the author

Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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