El Publico is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit but have never managed to get there. Located next to – and sharing owners with – Mary Street Bakery, its night-time promise of “modern Mexican kitchen & bar” has never really fitted into my breakfast and lunching habits…until now.
As you can imagine, I was excited to hear that El Publico was now offering brunch on weekends. Originally opening at 10am, the starting time has now moved to a more sensible (less lunch-y) time of 9am on both days.
Here’s a snap of the brekkie menu.
Simple, but you should be able to find something you like. If not, maybe a Mexican breakfast isn’t your thing.
There’s no shame in tequila at 9am, is there?
Being intrinsically boring – but willing to experiment within certain parameters – I decided to try the single origin Mexican coffee , which was served in a very non-Instagram friendly arrangement.
Not quite sure how to drink this I chucked the spices in the cup, which in hindsight seems like the right thing to do. I was surprised by how subtle and smooth this was, without a hint of bitterness. The liquid in the jar is piloncillo, a light sweetener made from cane sugar. It’s also known as panela, which we see in solid form (a light brown powder) in many cafes.
“Normal” coffees are available for the less adventurous.
I chose the beef chorizo scrambled eggs, served with house-made tortillas, refried beans and pico de gallo ($16).
Chilli scrambled eggs is something I always order when its available, and these were some of the best I’ve had. Plenty of rustic chorizos and chilli through it. Add some fresh, house-made tortillas and re-fried beans…fantastic. The house-made habanero hot sauce (chilli intolerant folks beware) adds an extra dimension.
Renay chose a single bacon & egg taco, served with a chipotle hollandaise that has a decent kick without being over the top. Simple, but spot-on.
You may want to order two (or three) of these, but at only $7 each who’s counting? See the photo at the top of the page for the subsequent #yolkporn.
Regular readers will know that I’m always up for breakfast dessert and we finished with a plate of light and soft churros, served with a Mexican coffee custard and pecan praline crumb. The non-sweet custard made this a very balanced dish, and a great end to our meal.
We really enjoyed our breakfast at El Publico, and will definitely be going back. It’s great to find a different breakfast option in Perth that provides sophisticated flavours and doesn’t break the bank. It’s also a lot less busy than Mary Street Bakery next door…
511 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Mon – Fri: 5pm – midnight
Sat – Sun: 9am – midnight