5 June, 2011

8/885 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Breakfast served all day Tues – Friday 7.30-3pm, Weekends 8am-2pm

After looking around on fellow food bloggers posts for a great place to go for breakfast I decided to recommend that my “soon to be mummy” friend Chantilly Lace and I go to Crumpet. I had read many a great review about this small cafe that makes homemade crumpets and the one that cemented by decision was by The Food Pornographer. I took one look at the photo of the ice coffee and I was sold! Check her review out hereUnfortunately my experience at Crumpet was nothing like the one TFP had.

Chantilly Lace arrived before me and sat at a table outside which had not been cleared. When I arrived we chatted for a while and when the table had still not been cleared I went inside and asked the girl if she could clear it. We were not the only people this happened to as when we had finished eating I watched another couple sit at a table near us that wasn’t cleared and they also had to go inside and ask for the job to be done.

I decided to let this minor thing go as both Chantilly Lace and I were excited about trying homemade crumpets and deciding what we were going to have! Everything on the menu looked delicious and we  took a long time to decide what we were going to have. I thought the prices were average for Perth, ranging from $4.50 for the homemade crumpets with butter and honey up to $18.50 for the Big Breakfast – eggs, bacon, chipolatas, potato hash, mushrooms, beans and toast. Chantilly Lace and I were deliberating between several dishes, including the French Toast – brioche in a gingerbread coating with poached pears and mascarpone ($13) or The Muesli Trifle – granola layered with vanilla yogurt and rhubarb compote ($6.90) or my usual style pick; Avocado on Toast with sundried tomatoes, feta, wilted spinach and a poached egg on garlic rubbed toast ($14.50). It’s worth mentioning that Crumpet also offer gluten free bread.

Chantilly Lace decided to order the Wholegrain Porridge with bananas and date & walnut butter ($7.20) and I went with the Homemade Cornbread with bacon and maple syrup ($12.90). We also ordered a plate of the crumpets to share for a “breakfast entree”. I also ordered my usual cappuccino and one of the iced coffees that I had seen in the TFP review. (yes… I know but let’s not forget my addiction to milk).

We waited… and we waited… and eventually my coffee came out and it was cold and tasteless. When I started to spoon the chocolately froth off the top I thought it was going to be delicious but it was like drinking milk that had been left out on the bench with a coffee bean wafted across the top. My heart really sank when I saw my ice coffee. It was nothing like the amazing photo I had seen from The Food Pornographers review. It was almost the same tasteless coffee with a dollop of icecream and a few coffee beans on top.

The crumpets came out and we were looking forward to trying these…. and they were worth the wait. They were nice and hot and were a bit more dense than I had imagined they would be but with the butter and honey melted on there – YUM! It was good that you don’t get sticky honey/butter mix running down your fingers like you do with the shop bought crumpets.

After our plate was cleared we waited even longer for our breakfast. I hoped that our meals would be worth it like the crumpets were. .. but they weren’t. I was a little disappointed the lack of maple syrup on my plate. I thought there would be plenty to soak into the cornbread. The bacon was dry and I couldn’t eat more than half a slice of the cornbread. It had no flavour and it was like too much bi-carb soda was used as I could taste it over anything else in the bread. It started to make me feel sick. Thinking about it now I should have taken it back.

Chantilly Lace’s porridge was a large serve and what we at first thought was big chunks of banana on top was actually big chunks of the date and walnut butter. The banana had to be IN the porridge right? Well if it was, it was hiding well as Chantilly said she couldn’t taste it. She also commented there was TOO much butter on the porridge making it difficult to enjoy. The banana should have added the required sweetness.

After we finished eating we chatted for about an hour, in that whole time our plates were never cleared.

I am really disappointed that I had this experience at Crumpet as there were some great reviews of this place when it first opened. This happens though – a place opens and gets rave reviews and once it settles down they drop the ball. This is a small cafe; it shouldn’t be hard to get it back to its glorious beginnings… should it?

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  • Reply TFP (The Food Pornographer) 5 June, 2011 at 5:47 am

    >We went to Crumpet last weekend and were disappointed too. Our crumpets came out quickly and were as good as before, but the rest of the food took ages.

    The eggs in the Benedict were overcooked and my cornbread & bacon dish didn't have enough maple syrup either. And yes, the iced coffee was disappointing with not a trace of what made it so special the first time we ate at Crumpet.

    I'll be publishing my post about this recent breakfast soon too.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 5 June, 2011 at 5:50 am

    >That's such a shame! I look forward to reading your write up! :)

  • Reply Anonymous 5 June, 2011 at 6:08 am

    >Disappointing that it seems to have dropped the ball a bit :(

  • Reply dale 5 June, 2011 at 6:16 am

    >I went to crumpet a few months back for a super early morning breaky with my sister before work. We got there at about 7 am, ordered ASAP and still hadn't been served by nearly 8am. Was terrible service.

    We ordered 1 crumpet serving and 1 eggs bene type dish. Crumpets were delicious, crispy and fresh with some yummy toppings. The Eggs Bene just wasn't up to scratch. It was drenched in hollandaise and had hardly any spinach and the egg was also overcooked.

    We ordered a pot of English Breakfast which was cold by the time it was put on our table. We sat inside and there was only 1 other customer so Im not sure as to why it took about 20 mins to get a pot of tea a distance of about 2 metres. The coffees ordered weren't that fantastic either.

    All in all, I was a little disappointed that it took so long to get our meals and that the more expensive menu items weren't as tasty as the cheapie Crumpets. I'd go there for crumpets and a drink, but not really anything else :(

  • Reply Anonymous 5 June, 2011 at 7:37 am

    >I had the same experience unfortunately!
    We went for breakfast really early on a Saturday morning so there wasn't that many people yet, but experienced some of the same problems as you did.

    Our coffees and drinks came out after half an hour after ordering, and the milkshakes were warmish which was quite gross.

    The food took even longer and came out after an hour after ordering, and wasn't even that great. I had the field mushrooms which looked like a puddle of grey mess, and my mate had their equivalent of the big breakfast…which was…well nothing special, soggy toast, etc, etc…

    While we were sitting there waiting there was a small crowd starting to build up and they kept on eviling us, thinking we were only sitting and chatting and hogging tables. Not until only our drinks arrive did one of the people waiting for a table ask us if we were still waiting for our food? After we told them we had been waiting atleast half an hour for our drinks and our our meals hadn't come yet they decided to try somewhere else.

    I really hope the proprietor reads your review and these comments. Because not sure why my experience and those above don't quite match up with the raving reviews about this place on US! But I would love to give this place another try…once they get their game back up.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 5 June, 2011 at 8:19 am

    >Thanks for the feedback everyone. I am thinking about sending this review to them because I wonder if they realise how far their cafe has slipped?

  • Reply Mark 6 June, 2011 at 7:42 am

    >My wife and I went there a couple of months back after hearing great things about it from friends but had a so so experience. The food came out after a long time with a couple of substitutions in the big breakfast without asking us. This seemed a little odd seeing that we'd been sitting within a few metres of the cook for the last three quarters of an hour with only a couple of other occupied tables.

    We haven't been back. There are plenty of places to have breakfast in Vic Park.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 6 June, 2011 at 8:04 am

    >Yeah agreed Mark. I just think it's a shame that they have gone this way after all those amazing reviews.

  • Reply Jess 6 June, 2011 at 11:07 am

    >Very bizarre! I went a couple of months back (and had been going on a regular basis) and it was great (other than lack of seats because it's always packed). It did take them awhile to get everything out but that was because they were so busy.
    I too was disappointed by the iced coffee (nothing like on FP's blog) that's definitely gone down hill but I've always been impressed by the food.

  • Reply Renee 6 June, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    >when we went it was pretty average! one of our dishes had chorizo and it was replaced with a regular bbq sausage…not the same! Hopefully they will lift their game as its a great location and has a cute name!
    Renee @ Poached

  • Reply TFP (The Food Pornographer) 11 June, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    >I've published my post re: Crumpet and have referred to/linked to your post.
    Crumpet, East Victoria Park

    On a related note, I've also written an opinion piece on food bloggers and restaurant reviews. Been thinking about it for a while.
    On food bloggers and restaurant reviews

  • Reply Annette @ Wellness WA 12 June, 2011 at 11:35 am

    >I went quite a while ago with my friend, and had the same experience as you RE: old food and plates not being cleared from the table.

    Other than that the food was OK, but like you we waited about an hour for our not-too-difficult brekkies, although it was packed. These guys need to get some more staff, I can't see that paying one extra person (which would probably be all that is required) to run around and clear dishes, give a hand in the kitchen and make teas and coffees, would be too much to ask.

    Send them the reviews Liz. x

  • Reply Brody 13 June, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    >really enjoy crumpet for brekky, can suggest the brekky at Bar One in the qv1 building!!!
    There Bannana Pancake tart tatin is awesome!!!!


  • Reply Nadia 8 July, 2011 at 12:20 am

    >Have the same feeling about Crumpets. Went there with the BF after reading TFP website and was really upset at everything. Our tables were not cleared and the food only arrived after we made a fuss ( one hour later). The coffee was cold and the food a real disappointment. Will not be going back.

  • Reply Anonymous 23 July, 2011 at 9:07 am

    >When Crumpet first opened I was excited to go there and was completely disappointed. I ordered the eggs benedict which wasn't too difficult. Not only did I have to wait 45 minutes for the food to arrive but when it did arrive my eggs were under cooked and still clear! Not enjoyable!

    I was then convinced by a friend to try it again and was doubly disappointed. The table took ages to clear, my coffee was horrible and my eggs were again under cooked. Not to mention the food took about an hour to be served…

    Definately not like The IMP which is just up the road! Will try and avoid Crumpet again if I can because theres much better places in Vic Park to eat.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 31 July, 2011 at 3:04 am

    >Some really disappointing experiences I see :(

    Thanks for the feedback guys and thanks for reading my blog :)

  • Reply Anonymous 17 August, 2011 at 10:11 am

    >Hi Liz,

    I'm off Teknoscape and have been following your reviews.

    I'm not sure if Crumpet have lifted their game or I just got lucky but I went there for breakfast on Saturday. I ordered the leg ham between french toast with a tomato chutney and my friend ordered the mushrooms with beets on toast. Also ordered 2 fruit smoothies. Both orders came out within 10 minutes and was well presented. I loved my dish and so did my friend. Could not fault it.

    My friend actually loved her dish so much she walked in to the kitchen and thanked the chef.

    Have recommended it to other people to so I hope they keep their standards up.


  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 17 August, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    >Hi Evan

    That's fantastic news! Hopefully this is a good sign that some changes were made.

    Thanks for the feedback and reading!

    See you on TS :p


  • Reply Anonymous 13 November, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    >Sadly crumpet has changed hands. It is not the same at all, and they don't even do the cheese and herb crumpets anymore. Very dissapointing, it was a great spot.

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