399 William St Northbridge
Breakfast served from 10am on weekends
It’s not often that a big group of us can get together on a Saturday morning for breakfast with most of us having some direct or indirect involvement in the Perth nightclub scene… mainly just us being trash bags at Ambar! ANYWAY… Shirley Adams, Wendy Tosh, Coolio Ma-Cha-Cha and I got together for Ella Vator’s birthday and we decided it had to involve both breakfast AND alcohol ie Breakfast of Champions. What better place to choose than 399 bar, which is a small tapas/cocktail style bar hidden amongst a sea of Asian cuisine at the upper end of William St.
Inside is quite cosy with the booth style seating but the front of the bar is wide open with bar seating if you just wanted to stop in for a coffee. It opens at 10am on weekends, which is quite late for breakfast but considering what they are offering I doubt many people would be up before then for this breakfast. So what is it? It’s the $15 Bloody Mary Breakfast! I am a massive fan of bloody marys… at any time of the day!
We sat down in our booth and one of the girls from behind the bar said she’d be over to explain the options to us. We were wondering if we’d get menus or something as all there was on the black board was “Bloody Mary Breakfast – $15”. It didn’t take long for the girl to come over and eagerly explain what the deal-eo was and it almost seemed too good to be true! Pretty much you can have whatever you like as a cooked breakfast and a bloody mary for only $15!
The breakfast is cooked at the bar by what I would classify as “short order cooks” and the fresh options you can choose from are displayed at the bar. You can have the usual stuff like bacon, eggs any which way, mushrooms, tomatoes as well as asparagus, spinach, hollandaise sauce, Turkish bread, muffins, toast… the list goes on. We all decided on slight variations of a “big breakfast” and our hollandaise expert, Wendy Tosh, chose eggs benedict.
The bloody marys didn’t take long to come out and they came with the celery stick and all! I watched her make them and she was putting a lot of different things in there that I hadn’t seen before. I asked her what else was in there and she said capers, horseradish and mustard seeds and the usual ingredients for the morning cocktail. Interesting! It tasted delicious and Wendy Tosh – a fellow bloody mary connoisseur also commented how nice they were. The horseradish added that “wasabi” burn that is over as quick as it happens – a nice touch! The other girls weren’t as keen on theirs so Wendy and I gladly finished theirs too. Ella Vator was gladly sipping on a glass of champers for her birthday!
Our breakfast was delivered to the table fairly quickly considering there was five of us. Most of it was cooked really well with Shirley commenting that her scrambled eggs were creamy, my poached eggs were nice and runny (although Ella had one runny poached egg and one firm egg) and Tosh loved her hollandaise sauce on her eggs Benedict. (which I saw getting whisked up when we walked in). I like my bacon crispy but it’s good to have some bits still soft.
All our bacon was very crispy and even I have to admit it was cooked a little too long. The Turkish bread that a couple of us got with our breakfast was a generous serving and it was nice to have in place of regular toast. Actually the whole breakfast was generous in size!
With the excitement of bloody marys, we didn’t order coffee until after our breakfast which is weird for me because I usually need that straight up! Shirley and I both ordered a coffee to finish off which was nicely made. Smooth in texture and right in temperature with a nice taste void of bitterness.
You can’t go past 399 for a late weekend breakfast of champions that is value for money , tasty and fresh! And with a fully licensed bar you can really have some fun at this place!
This review is a little late in being written as the actual breakfast was about a month ago… so I do apologise but I worked off my well written notes and I wouldn’t forget a breakfast that included bloody marys!