Perth breakfast review: Cecchi’s, Inglewood

Cecchi's

Cecchi'sCecchi’s is a fine-dining restaurant that sits within a small house & garden on Beaufort Street in Inglewood. Husband & wife team Mark & Kylee-Anne Cecchi have been serving lunch and dinner there since 2012, and recently started serving brunch.

Their food has received a fair bit of attention on social media over the last few weeks, so we expected  the usual rush of foodies to the next-big-thing and arrived at their opening time of 7:30am on Saturday ready for battle. Surprisingly, we were the only ones there, and only a few other tables were occupied during our stay.

There is seating inside and out, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed the fresh morning air in the garden.

Cecchi'sHere’s the menu – so many different and interesting things to choose from, including a great “small plate” selection.

Cecchi'sCoffee is from Five Senses and my long mac was spot on, very smooth and a much needed kick-start to my morning.

Cecchi'sI haven’t had this much trouble choosing a dish in ages, and eventually decided on the steak with thyme hash, fried egg & red pepper jam ($21).

I’m not normally one to have steak for breakfast, but this dish really worked for me. The steak was melt-in-the-mouth soft, hash simultaneously crispy and soft (and well seasoned), egg perfectly fried and red pepper jam sweet, deep but not overpowering.

The serving size was relatively small, which I actually find quite refreshing because it didn’t need to be any bigger. I think we’re so used to cooked breakfasts being huge, and it’s not necessary when the food is this good..

Cecchi'sRenay wanted something light, and chose the ham, herbs, egg & cherry tomato pie ($9) which was beautifully presented. The pastry was light and flaky, the filling soft – much lighter than your average quiche – with a very definite “ham” flavour.

Cecchi'sBreakfast dessert is one of the most important meals of the day, and there was no way I was leaving without trying one of the brioche croissants I’d seen on Instagram. I opted to add salted caramel ice-cream, but alas it was still churning – thankfully there was tonka bean & maple instead. Wow. The ice cream was so soft, with a beautifully subtle vanilla-ish flavour.

The croissant was an interesting texture, firmer than a normal croissant but not at all tough. This is the kind of thing you really have to experience for yourself – make sure you ask for a spoon because the ice cream melts really quickly…

Cecchi'sWe had a lovely breakfast at Cecchi’s – great food aside, it’s a lovely place to sit in isolation from the outside world and we almost felt like we were on holiday (it’s located in a bit of an odd area next to an abandoned building, but don’t let that put you off). The service was very friendly and helpful, truly making you feel as if you were a guest in their home.

I can’t understand why it wasn’t overflowing with customers when we left, which was well after 8:30am. Cecchi’s deserves a good share of the local “brunch” market for all the right reasons – not just because it’s the next big thing.

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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