Oakover Grounds, Middle Swan – Perth breakfast review

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Oakover Grounds 035Oakover Grounds is a Swan Valley winery that is doing a great job of standing out from the local competition – the recent WA Cider & Pork Festival being one example.

On the food front, Oakover is now offering breakfast from 9am to 11am on weekends, and being only 20 minutes away in Ellenbrook we decided to head there this morning to see what was on offer.

Oakover Grounds 024The Oakover building is substantial, and there’s plenty of seating both inside and outside. Weddings are also catered for, and the staff appeared to be setting up for one when we arrived for breakfast.

Oakover Grounds 007We chose to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and relaxing view – thankfully we managed to find some sun! The service was very friendly and orders were taken at the table, which saved a return trip inside. Cutlery and sauces were also brought to the table, which was a nice touch.

Oakover Grounds 002Here’s the current breakfast menu, with an interesting selection of items – no boring eggs on toast here (but I expect you could get it if you asked, and there is a full breakfast). Even kids are catered for.

You can also see Oakover’s very tempting lunch menu here.

Oakover Grounds 015My coffee (long mac) was good, and very welcome on this chilly Sunday morning.

One thing that surprised me about Oakover was how serious they are about their coffee, although this makes sense when you discover that they share their premises with local roaster FiORi. More of that later…

Oakover Grounds 023Breakfast was an easy choice for me – the crumbed ham with leek & potato rosti, poached eggs and cheddar sauce ($17). This was a really interesting combination – the rosti was beautifully crisp, eggs were perfectly poached and the crumbing on the ham was super-light.

The ham surprised me a little as I was expecting more of a croquette consistency, but these were solid chunks of ham – not that there’s anything wrong with that! The cheddar sauce was full of flavour, but there was just enough to complement the rest of the ingredients without overpowering the rest of the dish.

Next time I’ll be trying the pulled beef croquettes with baked beans & fried eggs ($21).

Oakover Grounds 019Renay chose the roasted field mushrooms with parmesan polenta, pine nuts, rocket & truffle oil ($19.50). This was a most enjoyable dish, the mushrooms were full of flavour, the polenta was smooth and cheesy and the truffle oil was present but not overpowering.

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Oakover Grounds 029As I said above, they are serious about their coffee at Oakover and there’s all manner of gadgets and gizmos on display (and to buy). I was invited to sample the “Nicaragua” and “Costa Rica” blends while Renay waited for a takeaway coffee, which was a simple gesture but very much appreciated.

They also offer a barista course, which has been on my “to do” list for some time so I expect to be taking their next class.

Oakover Grounds 036The FiORi building, including awkward capitalisation.

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Oakover Grounds 034We really enjoyed our visit to Oakover Grounds today, and love the fact that it’s only 20 minutes from home. The food & coffee is excellent, the surroundings hard to beat and the whole family is welcome.

It’s a great place for breakfast, and we’re definitely be returning for lunch. Highly recommended.

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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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