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 here. Unfortunately 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?