I’ve been meaning to publish more guides to my favourite destinations and dishes so I’ve updated a post close to my heart. Regular readers will know I love chilli and I’m a sucker for a spicy breakfast – chilli scrambled eggs in particular – but Perth dishes too often fail to deliver in the heat department. We seem to be particularly scared of packing a punch at breakfast, even when you’d reasonably expect to find it.
Here’s seven of my favourite chilli breakfast dishes from around Perth. Leave a comment or send me an email to let me know what your favourite spicy breakfast dish is, or which ones I’ve missed.
1982 Food and Coffee, Subiaco – Chilli Scrambled Eggs
At the top of the list is a recent find from Subiaco cafe 1982 Food and Coffee, a dish that truly delivers enough chilli to wake you up and eggs that I found just about perfect. This outstanding plate features chilli scrambled eggs on brioche with chorizo (there’s a huge piece under the egg), tomato, gojuchang, shredded chilli, green oil and sour cream.
Coffee is from Toby’s Estate, and the Asian-inspired menu has enough variety to secure a return visit.
Mary Street Bakery – Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Pancake
A legendary Perth breakfast dish and rightfully so. Definitely not for second-breakfast, this imposing plate doesn’t smack you in the face with chilli but gets the job done.
The peanuts and chilli maple are a fantastic touch. I find the fried egg unnecessary but hey, it’s breakfast so why not.
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Bib & Tucker, Fremantle – Bib’s Burn Addict
The first of two entries from Scott Bridger and Eamon Sullivan, this is the Bib’s Burn Addict from Bib & Tucker. Scott is well known for his love of chilli, and it shows in this dish of poached eggs, crispy pork hock, smoked chilli hollandaise, crispy leeks, pickled chillies and corn bread It’s spicy, but restrained and well balanced. And I can never resist corn bread.
There’s always plenty of hot sauce around if it’s not quite hot enough 😉
Good Things, Mosman Park – Chilli Eggs
I’d visit Good Things a lot more often if it wasn’t so far from where I live. The Micrology coffee is always spot-on and the menu has plenty of choice from the healthy to the downright decadent.
This dish features chilli scrambled eggs, soy-caramel glazed bacon, crispy shallots, spring onions, coriander and roti, which makes it quite unique.
Any Perth breakfast fan should have tried their chicken & waffles with bacon and chilli butterscotch, too.
May Street Larder, East Fremantle – Soul Sandwich
Another legendary Perth dish from Scott Bridger and Eamon Sullivan that has long passed its 20,000th serving.
Featuring a polenta waffle, buttermilk fried chicken, avocado, smoked sour cream, chilli maple syrup & jalapenos, this is a more savoury dish than the Mary Street Bakery one but no less delicious.
La Veen, Perth – Shakshuka
Slow cooked eggs with a spicy sauce of capsicum, tomato & onion, yoghurt and dukkah – adding the optional chorizo, of course. There are many examples of this kind-of-dish around town, but La Veen’s is hard to beat.
La Veen is one of my favourite Perth cafes and the Five Senses coffee is always spot-on.
Hylin, West Leederville – Grilled Chorizo, Fried Egg & Creamed Corn
This might not sound like a chilli dish, but that bowl of chipotle sauce ojoins with the spicy chorizo and creamed corn to wake you up in the most stylish manner. While not the spiciest dish here, it satisfies my cravings and is one of my favourite Perth breakfast plates.
Their sister cafe Cioccolato Espresso in Applecross sometimes serves a version of this dish with haloumi.