410 Fitzgerald St, North Perth
Breakfast served 8am – 11.45am daily
Since China and I first met each other over a year ago at a Limelite DJ comp we have talked about wanting to go to brekky together and a few weekends ago we finally did it! China is a fellow foodie and I often find myself drooling at the food pics she posts on Facebook and she also helps to run a very popular Facebook page called “Top Perth” – check it out here!
33 Degrees South is where we decided to have our long awaited Sunday morning breakfast date. I have been keen to try here for a while as I drive past it a fair bit. The cafe is in a great location, so I was surprised that when we got there to see it was quite empty. We took a table outside and soon learned why – the coffee machine was broken! What a terrible thing to happen to a cafe on a Sunday morning! Despite this China and I decided to live with it and stay here for breakfast.
We found the menu to be quite comprehensive with a selection of light choices such as toast, muesli and fresh fruit as well as more “filling” type breakfasts such as eggs benedict, pancakes and scrambled eggs. The cafe uses Lawleys bread, which many people know and love. I was pleased to see that you could also have gluten free bread with any of the menu items and there were vegetarian variations on a couple of the meals. The prices were very reasonable starting at $3.60 for muffins up to $18.00 for the “Big One” – 2 eggs to your liking on ciabatta, bacon, roasted tomato, potato & pesto cake, baby spinach, mushrooms, a chipolata along with tomato relish and rocket. I think that is great value! $18 is the top price a full breakfast should be in my opinion but I look at that and think “oh that’s cheap”. Is it just me or have breakfast prices become over inflated?
China and I went up to the counter to order and discovered it was cooler to be sitting outside than in (even though it was another Perth scorcher!). We didn’t think the ceiling fans were quite cutting it even though they had all the bi-fold windows open. Since I could not satisfy my coffee craving, I decided to satisfy my need for milk with an ice chocolate and for breakfast I ordered the Mediterranean BLT – grilled ciabatta bread, feta cheese, bacon, rocket and roasted tomatoes topped with fresh basil, balsamic and olive oil. China chose to have Cocobella juice (coconut), which she said was a nice change from OJ and 33’s Napolitana Scrambled eggs – leg ham, tomato, cheese and oregano on buttered toast served with rocket and tomato relish.
Our meals came out in good time and it was quite funny as we both took turns in taking pictures of our meals for our separate food blogging needs! My Mediterranean BLT was really filling. It would have been nice to have the bacon a bit crispier but the feta cheese made up for it. It was lightly fried and had a taste similar to haloumi… and there were plenty of nice long strips of it on the dish. (I absolutely LOVE feta cheese). The fresh basil added a nice hint of flavour along with the olive oil and balsamic. China said that her scrambled eggs were tasty and easy to eat.
We did end up having a coffee as the machine started working again after we finished our breakfast. We only realised this after seeing someone else order coffee but it would have been nice to be told by one of the staff as they knew we really wanted a coffee from when we went up to order. I thought my cappuccino was quite good. Nice temperature and flavour. China described her double espresso as “fair”.
It was a bit disappointing that China has to ask someone at the counter to clear our table when she went to order our coffees but both China and I agreed that overall 33 Degrees South was a nice and casual cafe. China said “it’s an easy place to sit down, read the paper and eat without someone waiting in the wings to steal your table.” I think that is a very big “plus”; there is nothing worse than feeling like you have to rush your meal because someone is waiting on the footpath for a table, looking at you annoyingly because you didn’t decide to vacate your table with a 100th of a second of taking your last mouthful of food.