Duende, Leederville – Perth breakfast review

Duende

Duende

Duende is “Perth’s first and original Spanish tapas bar”, perched on a unconventional spot in Leederville on the corner of Newcastle Street and Carr Place, just opposite Sayers. As well as being open until late seven days a week, they also serve breakfast – in both traditional and tapas forms – from 7:30am every day. This is an impressive effort for Perth, and goes to show that they’re not just serving breakfast as an afterthought.

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Starting with coffee of course, Renay’s latte looked the part and she really enjoyed it. I just had a long black on this occasion, and there were certainly no complaints from me.

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Yes, Mr Boring chose the full “Duende brekky” ($25). Everything here was beautifully cooked – perfect poached eggs, quality bacon and even the beans were tasty. The highlight for me was the chorizo, which was some of the best I’ve ever tasted. This isn’t one of those full breakfasts where you get a ridiculously large serving but the quality more than justifies the price. In saying that, it wasn’t exactly small, and the quantity of bacon was very generous.

“Traditional” breakfast menu items include eggs & bacon with sourdough ($17), Spanish omelette with spinach, pepperonata and feta ($19) & Eggs Benedict with jamon & smoked paprika hollandaise ($19 – which looks stunning, it was actually a photo of this that made me want to come here).

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Renay decided to choose two items from the tapas menu, which was a great idea as we could share bits of each other’s breakfast (well okay, she had my mushroom and I had…some…of hers). These sweetcorn and manchego croquettes with aioli ($15) were absolutely delicious – soft and tasty with a crunchy coating, but not remotely greasy and the cheese wasn’t overpowering.

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These corn fritters with tomato salsa and piquillo sauce were also delicious ($15). The fritters were soft and light, and the sauce had just the right amount of flavour – but minimal heat – for a light breakfast dish.

Other tapas items include potato tortilla with rocket, poached egg & manchego ($15), Barcelona baked beans with chorizo & manchego ($19) and a trio of sauteed mushrooms with garlic herb butter ($14). There’s certainly enough variety on the tapas menu for a great “sharing” breakfast.

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Early morning drink? Don’t mind if I do!

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It’s been a while since we went somewhere different for breakfast, and we really enjoyed our visit to Duende – in fact, we both agreed that it was the best breakfast we’ve had in Perth for quite some time. There’s more than enough variety on the menu to please just about everyone, and the tapas dishes we tried were fantastic. We were there just after 8am on a Saturday morning, and were amazed it wasn’t busier.

We’ll be back. Highly recommended.

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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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