Recently I was invited to try the breakfast at Barque in East Freo. This little pocket around George Street is bursting with some great eateries!
Barque is located down the end of the street and has a great set up. There is a huge outside dining area with distressed timber furniture and loads of cushions for comfort. Plenty of shade means dining outside in summer won’t equal third degree burns. Inside is a little smaller, but the heavy timber theme continues with comfy booths offering a cosy spot for the cooler mornings.
I was intrigued by the menu. It has a south-east Asian focus with dishes such as an omelette with nam jim and a vietnamese noodle soup. There are still breakfasts such as eggs on toast and granola for those who prefer a more traditional breakfast. Prices peak at $18 for the Barque bacon with wok rice, pork belly and fluffy egg or the seared cured salmon with poached eggs, avocado and ciabatta.
The coffee is by Crema and needs no introduction. It makes a great cuppa. The drinks menu also includes young coconut, a mimosa and a bloody mary they call the “bloody brilliant”.
It’s a bloody Mary ($16) with a south-east Asian twist. Vodka and tomato juice is where the traditional ingredients end. Coriander gave a fresh flavour and a whole heap of heat was added with sriracha and togarashi – a Japanese chilli powder. A simple slice of lime was a perfectly matched garnish.
I am a big fan of chilli. The hotter, the better. The omelette with mushrooms and nam jim ($16) had my name written all over it. A fluffy fold of golden omelette was filled with mushrooms and was bursting with fresh ingredients. It was like a vietnamese salad of julienne carrots, cherry tomatoes, bean sprouts, mint, lemongrass and coriander. Oh and plenty of fresh cut chilli for a good morning wake up! The nam jim added a zesty sweetness with a kick.
Andy went with the Barque bacon ($18). What a dish! I generous serving of fried rice was topped with a slab of sticky, sweet, tender pork belly. The “fluffy egg” was genius. Similar to a son in law egg, which is a soft boiled egg deep fried, this was a deep fried poached egg. It had a runny yolk and crispy outer; great for mixing through the rice. Slices of chilli in the rice was a nice touch. They had just enough heat to let you know they were there, but not so much it blew your head off early in the morning. Sprigs of basil and mint added a fresh element.
If you are after a breakfast with a difference, Barque is one to add to the list. I can’t wait to go back in summer and enjoy the outside decking!
125 George Street, East Fremantle
Breakfast served weekends 8am–11am