Gordon St Garage is the new cool kid on the block that has made a desolate part of West Perth now worth visiting. To be honest, I didn’t even know Gordon street existed until they opened and I had visioned that it was up in the west WEST perth end. The great part about the location is that it is in the quieter part of the city meaning street parking is a lot easier. The interior has a raw industrial feel about it with tables as far as the eye can see. It was as if they wanted it it to look like everything was salvaged and vintage but ironically, like any good hipster….there is something about it all that still says “we spent heaps of cash achieving this look”. The look of the staff also matches the venue – stylish yet vintage dress and good looks. I wouldn’t have expected anything less with the likes of Nic Trimboli, Daniel Goodsell and Graham Arthur behind this venture. Their restaurant resume reads like the Good Food Guide – think Little Creatures, Il Lido, Duende just to name a few.
At the front coffee bar you will see the huge roaster that will be used to roast their own coffee. It wasn’t seasoned and ready when we visited so we were served Five Senses. No complaints there! They planned to start roasting this week so it would be interesting to hear if anyone has tried it yet. I plan to go back and try it for myself very soon!
The menu is far from ordinary with choices like corn omelette, coriander and nam prik ($16) and treacle baked salmon royale ($18) making you reconsider what you accept as “breakfast food” – I love it. I love having something else to choose from rather than eggs twenty different ways. Prices range from $6 for toast or banana bread up to an eye popping $24 for the Garage breakfast – eggs, pin wheel sausage, streaky bacon, wood-fired mushroom, smoked tomato, potato fry and baked beans.
Kirsty felt like something simple and chose poached eggs on toast ($9.50) with an added pinwheel sausage ($5). The eggs were perfect white pillows of runny warm yolk – just what was needed to soak into the thick slices of toast. Filled with plenty of herbs, the sausage was a delight with Kirsty commenting later that night that she wished she could have that for dinner as well.
I left my decision to the minute the waiter needed my order as I was trying to choose between the corn omelette or the pulled smoked ham hock on rye with Boston baked beans and haloumi ($17). The ham hock won because I am making an effort to not each as much chilli at the moment (that is another story in itself). The haloumi was somewhat disappointing, flaccid and dry with no squeak on the teeth, it was nothing like the meaty cheese it should have been. It was kind of this awkward loner standing on the side of the dish, not really belonging. The pulled ham mixed in with the saucy beans was lip smackingly good. It was sweet, smokey, tender and rich – perfect to spread on the dense rye bread.
Initial comments from “around the traps” have been that the service is slow and inattentive but this was not evident on our visit. I felt that the wait staff took the time to be friendly, answer our questions about the venue, bring our coffee and food in a short time frame and clear our tables quickly. As we were leaving at around 9:15am a line was starting to form of people eager to try Perth’s newest joint – so my recommendation is get there early if you don’t want to wait for a table!
16 Gordon St, West Perth
Breakfast served 7am – 11.30am weekdays, 7am – 12pm weekends