After spending over 3 weeks working in Whyalla, I was well and truly due for a break and what better place to go than to our beautiful south west. Andy and I LOVE staying in Dunsborough so we decided to treat ourselves to three nights at the Pullman Resort in Bunker Bay. In my opinion, the beaches on the cape are some of the best in the world. The water is turquoise and the sand is soft and white – a beautiful view to look at whilst eating breakfast at a cafe right on the beach. Bunkers Beach Cafe has be in one of the best locations in the area – you could sit there for hours just staring at the view. It’s also only a short walk down the boardwalk to the beach from the cafe if you fancy a pre or post breakfast swim!
Of course, the food is also worth the visit. The breakfast menu is comprehensive with the usual fare featuring amongst a sprinkling of dishes that almost sound too gourmet to be breakfast. Prices range from $9 for Yallingup fruit toast up to $24 for the traditional fry up – eggs to your liking, house-made pork sausage, grilled tomato, bacon, mushroom and sourdough. There is also a small kids menu where they can choose from a mini fry up or crepes with berries and cream for $9.50.
Our coffee orders were taken straight away which always wins big point with me. They use Lavazza coffee, which the barista treated right to produce a nice cup of creamy coffee. The temperature was perfect and the flavour was smooth but mild.
Andy’s Potato Rosti dish ($18.50) came with avocado and corn salsa, spinach and poached egg . At first glance the rosti looked to be small but it turned out to be plenty. Golden and crispy around the edges and soft in the middle; it was like mums roast potatoes. The corn used in the salsa was fresh from the cob and the eggs were perfect pillows of poached goodness. There was a perfect balance of flavour and overall it was a very fresh tasting dish.
I ordered the Yallingup wood-fired bread ($18.50) that was grilled and served with rocket, parmesan, prosciutto and poached eggs. Bread is bread right? Except when it tastes like this. It tasted like it was made by artisan bakers who baked it with passion. The rocket was crunchy and peppery; the prosciutto was crispy in texture with a pungent but sharp flavour – a perfect combination. As with Andy’s dish the eggs were also poached exactly how I like them – firm whites with a runny yolk. The sprinkling of shaved parmesan and drizzle of olive oil rounded out the dish nicely.
Bunkers Beach Cafe is a gem. You can’t go past the view, the food and the service. It’s the trifecta of a perfect breakfast!
Farm Break Lane (off Bunker Bay Rd), Bunker Bay
Breakfast served daily 8.30am – 11.00am
First published on WA Today 14th Dec 2012