198 William Street, Northbridge
Breakfast served Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm
After Coolio Ma Cha Cha told me about this place it has been on my mind to try it and what started as a couple of us heading here for breakfast turned out to be a large group! Each time one of us (Coolio Ma Cha Cha & Gypsy A Go Go) mentioned we were going to Bivouac the group grew larger as everyone was really keen to try this place! So our group for this review consists of a few new people in addition to Coolio, Gypsy, Mono Lisa & Johnny Awesome we have J Star, Mach-1, Detective Cogger and Audio Cass.
Now, if you are wondering how to pronounce the name – think of it like “beaver-wack” and the word Bivouac basically means an “encampment”.
We arrived with our group a little before 10 and the owner kindly said they would be a few minutes until they were ready and he asked how many of us was there. Straight away he said he had the perfect table for us inside! When we went in we were sat at a large bench where we all comfortably fit. Bivouac is a small place so there isn’t a lot of room for massive groups but we were pleased they could accommodate us.
Our coffee orders were taken straight away which I always like. It didn’t take long for our coffees to come out and everyone agreed that the Five Senses coffee was amazing. Johnny Awesome has his black and he was impressed by the flavour. It had an almost nutty flavour that was full bodied and at perfect temperature. Mach-1 commented that he liked his coffee so much he ordered another which he rarely does. J- Star ordered a soy cappuccino which she said was very nice as well.
Most of us has already been looking at the menu during the week and had decided what we wanted. There are 4 choices for breakfast – Gypsy Baked Eggs – chorizo, potato, red pepper ragu, egg and sourdough ($15.50); Salute the Sun – avocado, ricotta & lemon on sourdough ($9.90); The Revolution – french toasted brioche, citrus ricotta, pistachios & strawberries ($14.90); Canteen Tray – grilled italian sausage, baked beans, scrambled eggs on toasted sourdough. ($15.50).
I love that Bivouac has a “Bouzy Breakfast” as they call it. They have paired 3 of the 4 menu items with an alcoholic beverage. Each choice is only $22 – great value! The Revolution is paired with champagne, the Gypsy with a Bloody Mary and the Canteen with beer. It’s such a great idea and they even let Audio Cass swap which “bouzy” drink she wanted with her Gypsy Baked Eggs.
Now I am still on the sweet breakfast mission so I ordered The Revolution & Bubbles as did Gypsy A Go Go. Everyone else ordered the Gypsy and Bloody Mary. The drinks didn’t take long to come out and I was immediately jealous I didn’t have a Bloody Mary because it is my FAVOURITE cocktail. This was soon dissolved when I tasted my champagne. It was lovely! I tried Coolio Ma Cha Cha’s Bloody Mary and it was really nice and very spicy. I love spicy ones but a few commented that it was a bit too spicy for them especially combined with the heat from the chorizo and ragu in the Gypsy Eggs.
The food came out in good time for our large group and it was a big “WOW” moment from everyone. The food was presented beautifully, it was almost a shame to ruin it by eating it!
The Gypsy Baked Eggs reminded me of something similar to a Shakshuka (I had a sneaky taste) – it was spicy and flavoursome. Everyone agreed that the dish was fantastic and a perfect size for a breakfast meal. Mono Lisa said that she really enjoyed the olive oil on the sourdough instead of butter. Audio Cass said her dish was seasoned well, the toast was fresh and she really enjoyed the meal – especially the value for money with the drink. Coolio Ma Cha Cha commented that the potatoes were cooked perfectly and the dish had lots of flavour.
My Revolution was amazing. As soon as I took the first bite I was in heaven. The combination of everything along with a sprinkle of fresh mint leaves really made this dish something special. The mint and fresh strawberries gave it a freshness that counteracted the heaviness of the Brioche. It was amazing. I loved the pistachios in the mix with the sweet ricotta and syrup that was drizzled over the meal.
Here is what Gypsy A Go Go had to say about her experience,
“I love starting the day with bubbles and I was presently surprised at how nice the champagne was. I scanned the menu at home before our breakfast date and had my heart set on The Revolution. I almost did the old switcheroo at the last minute and got eggs but stuck to my plan and so very glad i did (although the Gypsy eggs looked & smelt fab when they came out!). The presentation of The Revolution was pretty with fresh mint leaves and rosewater syrup and in my opinion the perfect amount of food. The restaurant itself has a super casual unpretentious vibe which I loved and I couldn’t fault the service at all.”
We all agreed that the service was fantastic. They went above and beyond for our group even though it was a busy Saturday morning service. Something that I noticed after we left and commented to Gypsy A Go Go about was that we realised we never noticed the wait staff when they were clearing our table or anything. They were THAT good. They did their job and never really disturbed our group. It was fantastic.
I can’t recommend Bivouac enough for the service, the food… everything… so much that they are now in my top 3!