The Sorrento Beach Shack, Hillarys – Perth breakfast review

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

A couple of weeks ago we attempted to visit Voyage Kitchen in Sorrento – a long-term entry on our to-do breakfast list – but it was packed to the rafters at 7:15am so we headed to Hillarys Boat Harbour to see what we could find there. There was surprisingly little open at that time of day, and after thinking we were going to go hungry (or worse, to Dome) we were happy to stumble across the rather quirky Sorrento Beach Shack.

I should preface this review by saying that this isn’t a fancy breakfast destination, but it doesn’t pretend to be. Warning: some readers may find the sight of tinned baked beans “confronting”, as they say on Channel 7 these days.

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

The “shack” is surprisingly large inside, and there’s plenty of room between tables which made a nice change – no attempt to cram every last body in here. There can’t be many places in the world where you can get a view like this mostly to yourself while you eat breakfast on a Saturday morning.

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

Each table even comes with its own plant, and the bucket of sugar included artificial sweeteners if that’s important to you…

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

…which it might be, because the coffee was terrible. No great surprise, and we’ll say no more about that.

Breakfast is available until 11:30am, and the menu isn’t adventurous although there’s plenty of variety and has all the normal things you’d expect to find – bacon & eggs ($14.50), eggs Benedict ($17), pancakes with maple syrup & cream ($12), ham & cheese croissant ($9.50) etc. Their bacon & egg roll ($12.50) comes in a brioche bun with aioli, tomato chutney and rocket which I thought sounded rather nice.

You can see the full menu here. Lunch and dinner offerings include a variety of burgers, seafood, steak, pasta etc. There’s also a selection of kids meals available.

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

I’d only just started trying solid foods at this point following my gastric sleeve operation, but ever the optimist I ordered the “Shack Big Breakfast” ($21.50) with eggs, bacon, two pork sausages, hash brown, tomato & toast and extra baked beans ($2), simply in the hope that I’d be able to taste a little of everything before the agony set in. Even by my old standards, this was a generous serving – the amount of bacon was almost ridiculous. The sausages were some of the tastiest I’ve eaten on a Perth breakfast, the eggs were very creamy but needed some seasoning and the toast was straight out of the bag.

Side note: I seem to be the only food blogger in Perth who actually likes tinned beans, and had no complaints about receiving them here. I have nothing against gourmet / homemade beans – I’ve even been known to enjoy them on occasion – but all restaurants need to make it clear what they are serving. As far as I’m concerned, if the description is simply “baked beans” then I would expect to receive the familiar canned product. 

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

Renay chose the vegetarian breakfast (a rather pricey $21.50), with eggs, roasted mushrooms, tomato, hash brown, rocket and baked beans (which were advertised as such). The mushrooms were the highlight here, and the rocket was surplus to requirements.

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

Yummy-looking things in the counter fridge.

Sorrento Quay Beach ShackThey even provide free entertainment, assuming you have the kind of children that can be distracted by board games. As nice a place as it was, I’m not sure I’d want to stay there long enough for a game of Scrabble…and how would you go about drawing “homemade beans” in a game of Pictionary?

Sorrento Quay Beach Shack

Sorrento Beach Shack isn’t going to set the Perth food scene on fire, but that’s not what it’s trying to do – it’s a friendly, comfortable place where you can take your kids and eat reasonable food during your day out at Hillarys, and you can look out over the beautiful harbour as you do so.

The food is expensive by Perth standards, but I’d consider Hillarys to be a “tourist” destination so that’s no surprise. It’s not somewhere I’d go out of my way to visit again, but you can certainly do a lot worse than eat there if you’re in the area.

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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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