Fortysevenkirwinstreet doesn’t need a webpage, it doesn’t need their facebook page to have a couple of thousand “likes”… it doesn’t need any of these things when it has the old “perth telegraph”. I have lost count of the amount of people who have recommended this suburban café to me and just seeing the hoards of eager diners waiting outside on the shaded grass is enough to prove it’s popularity.
So me being me, I get there super early before my friends and manage to get one of the last tables inside. There is plenty of seating inside and out with room for larger tables. This café is bright, open and fresh yet still has a homely feel about it. I like that fortyseven have steered away from shabby chic look that is common at many of these corner shop style cafes. Sometimes you do wonder – is it shabby chic or is it shabby sh*t?
Big points to start for taking my coffee order straight away. Toby’s Estate is the choice of bean used here and whilst I am an advocate for the use of local roasters, Toby’s never disappoints. It always has this depth of flavour that makes you go “mmmm”. This creamy cup of coffee was a welcome distraction whilst I avoided eye contact with people waiting outside probably; wondering why I was on a table for 4 on my own.
The menu was far above anything I expected for a suburban cafe. It was packed with interesting meals like potato and leek bake with smoked salmon, hollandaise and poached eggs ($19.90) or try this one on for size – BBQ pork belly ($20.90) with chipotle chilli turtle beans, poached egg and manchego cheese . Prices top out at $22.90 for “The Paddock” – two eggs, toast, bacon, chipolatas, potato bake, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Karl went with this big breakfast and found it to be a bit hit and miss… but mainly hit. Underneath the mounds of delicious bacon cooked with just the right amount of crispiness were some chipolatas that despite their “herby” look actually had very little flavour. Two plump poached eggs graced the plate along with tasty homemade potato bake. The mushrooms were a touch on the dry side but there were no arguments about this being a proper BIG breakfast.
Corn and ricotta fritters ($16.90) were light and packed with sweet kernels of corn. Corn fritters are simple to make but so easy to make badly. When they are too dense and bland – yuck. These “light as air” beauties came stacked on top of freshly mashed avocado and peppery rocket. The minted sour cream and roasted cherry tomatoes gave a touch a bite to the dish. I have only recently become a fan of coriander (I unfairly judged it for years) and these big curly leaves finished the dish off with a tangy kick.
Grilled mushrooms on parmesan brioche ($17.90) was one of those dishes that on paper was a little “outside the box”. Accompanied by caramelised onion and goats cheese it lacked in the distinctive flavour it should have had. A bit more goats cheese would have made a world if difference by adding flavour and moisture to what was a fairly dry dish.
8 year old Wes ordered a huge meal of french toast with maple candied bacon ($17.90). He is usually exclusively a pancake boy but he relished this dish in the absence of pancakes. The thick slices of egg crusted brioche were soaked in maple syrup. It was heaven on a plate. Crispy sweet bacon toppled down the sides and surprisingly the double cream balanced all that sweetness out a bit. There wasn’t much on the menu that I would consider to be “kid friendly” but this dish would be perfect to share between two tykes. Luckily for Lisa and I, Wes couldn’t finish it all so we had to help.
In the depths of getting slammed by a mid morning rush, the service always remained on point with smiles and friendliness all round, however the wait for food was lengthy. Credit goes to the staff here – no one hurried us out the minute we finished we our meals to turn over the table. We did leave straight away though – there were so many people outside looking hopefully at us.
If you want a table at this place you need to get there early or be prepared to wait. But as they say… all good things come to those who wait.47 Kirwin St, Floreat (obviously)
Breakfast served daily from 7am
Originally posted on WA Today – Friday 22nd NOv 2013