A common desire to visit Duende for breakfast brought Michelle, author of Food Cravings, and I together on this morning for a joint review of this much talked about Leederville restaurant. Known for it’s tapas, Duende is also serving all day breakfast that I have been told countless times that I must try!
There is plenty of seating outside and inside has a selection of bar style seating and cosy tables where you can look out the window through strings of coloured glass. Sitting inside (it was too chilly for outside), our coffee orders were taken straight away and westarted chatting rather than looking at the menu deciding what to eat! I was surprised at how quick our coffees came out but this is a big plus as early morning.. all you want is your coffee! The coffee was great. It had a smooth nutty flavour and creamy texture. It was so good I ordered another.
Duende’s breakfast menu still has splashes of tapas style flavours with things like corn fritters, merguez sausage, chorizo and tomato salsa all making appearances. Michelle decided on the corn fritters, asparagus, egg and she substituted the smoked salmon for the bacon ($20) and I chose the toasted rye with guacamole, tomato salsa and poached eggs ($20). I had also been told the crab, chorizo and spring onion omelette ($19) is worth ordering as well.
The corn fritters were light, fresh and full of sweet chunks of corn. Sometimes corn fritters can be quite “pancake-ey” and dense but these were fluffy and flavoursome. The bacon is Shulz Bacon from South Australia which has been voted Australia’s best bacon the last two years. It had a slight buttery flavour and wasn’t over smoked or too salty. The poached egg was nice and runny and it all was complimented but the peppery rocket salad.
The guacamole on the rye was creamy and the salsa was seasoned well. It had a nice ratio between red onion and tomato – I prefer a a small amount of onion where as you can get salsas which are half tomato, half onion. Not a fan. The poached eggs were fresh and cooked perfectly. It was like popping little white pillows of eggy goodness all over this well balanced meal.
The service at Duende was very efficient and friendly. Wait staff came back and checked on us and cleared our tables quickly, yet we didn’t feel the need to leave straight away.
I am glad to say that Duende is yet another addition to the growing list of great places for breakfast in Leederville.
62 Newcastle Street, Leederville.
Breakfast served daily 7.30am – 4pm