Last time Andy was home I subjected him to the Ikea breakfast , so I felt I should take him somewhere that didn’t serve food from a bain marie; he deserved a bit of a treat. I had been told about Grass Espresso Bar by Pete Brennan (96fm & 6PR) and I was intrigued by his description – “walls covered in grass”. Well that part is true – you can’t miss this cafe with it’s green grassy walls and bright yellow furniture in their alfresco area. Inside has a different feel to it, it’s bit more dark and intimate – perfect for a dinner date of tapas (served Thursday and Friday nights).
Being a Saturday in West Perth, it was as dead as dubstep. Great – easy parking and no waiting for a table, although that’s quite a selfish thought to have I guess. I never understood the West Perth dynamic. There are plenty of residential apartments yet the streets are dead. You see the opposite in Mt Lawley and East Perth. Where do they all hang out? Subi?
I had heard (by “heard” I mean “saw on Urban Spoon”) that the barista at Grass was pretty talented with the latte art, making animals etc from the crema. We didn’t get any fancy latte art but we did get a cup of super strong full flavoured coffee. This coffee from Burundi (Africa) was the strongest I have had in a while, yet it was smooth without a skerrick of bitterness. If coffee isn’t your thing then they also have 15 different flavours of hot chocolate available… mind. blown. AND if hot drinks aren’t your thing either, they have a classy little selection of bubbles by the glass.
The menu is fairly well priced for the area with the peak hitting $21.90 for the Grass Breakfast – two eggs, mushrooms, spinach, roasted tomato, bacon and smoked salmon. Interesting combination with the salmon as well. We found that was a common theme on the menu with all the usual breakfast dishes making an appearance but with a slight twist.
Andy ordered the french toast ($13.90) which came with maple syrup and natural yogurt. Two big slices of crusty bread covered in crispy cooked egg married well with the maple syrup and yogurt. We had never seen yogurt served with french toast before and it offered a surprising yet satisfying contrast to the sweet syrup. Andy rated this as one of the best servings of french toast he has had. Big call! I was talking to him on the phone this week and he said “when ever I order French toast; I am going to ask for it with yogurt”. So it was THAT good.
My caramelised mushrooms ($15.90) were interesting. I find it hard to describe the caramelised flavour but it was like honey or maple syrup was used. I’m not sure it really went with the pungent flavour of the mushrooms. I didn’t dislike the flavour but it was confusing. The halved baguette was lightly toasted but it was doughy in parts, like it wasn’t baked through. The bread was topped with dollops of ricotta, which was an ok replacement for butter but I’d be interested to see how cottage cheese works instead or maybe Danish feta. Something with a bit more oomph or saltiness was needed even with piling the sweet mushrooms on top of the bread.
The service was very friendly and the staff were eager to please. We were the only people in the café for most of the time so I feel we got a lot of attention. Grass seems to be a fresh, bright and funky addition to the West Perth end of Hay st. The area does look a bit tired and drab in the morning light of a quiet Saturday morning. I only hope that the weekday business traffic gives Grass the attention they deserve.
1238 Hay Street West Perth
Breakfast served Mon-Sat