I have a list of all the places I need to visit for breakfast but with all the new openings the list gets bigger and these new places get pushed to the top of the list. Gusto Food has sat patiently on my list and finally I got the chance to check it out with the backing of plenty of my readers who all told me I would love it with some saying “it’s one of my favourites”. So, what was so special about this little demi-stalwart of a cafe on the boutique strip of Angelo street that has everyone jumping at the chance to tell me how great it is?
Well the menu is surprisingly interesting. I say “surprisingly” because I usually expect that around old money “South Perth” it’s going to be all about eggs benedict and pancakes with berry compote (made from frozen berries). You WILL find eggs benedict on this menu but they are made with very fashionable pulled pork ($19.50). Prices top out at $21.50 for The Lot – poached eggs ($3 extra for scrambled), bacon, house made hash brow, tomatoes, chipolatas and toast. Is $3 extra for scrambled instead of poached eggs on a breakfast that already costs $21.50 excessive? I’ll let you decide.
The coffee used here is Saccaria, which was a little surprising to see it being used outside of a shopping centre. Marie found her coffee to be quite weak saying it tasted more like milk than coffee where as Megs and I both thought the coffee was pretty good. It was quite mild in flavour so maybe a double shot would have been better but it was still smooth and creamy. It had all the markings of a good barista.
I toyed with the idea of getting the pulled pork eggs benedict but couldn’t stomach the thought of hollandaise for some reason. I went with the chorizo and haloumi ($19.50) which came as pierced stack with a tomato on a bed of sweet onion relish. An artistic brush of bell pepper hommus was good for dipping the flamed tortilla in but I didn’t really “get” how this dish went together. Were all the ingredients meant to go in the tortilla? I saw another customer do that whilst I ate the bits sort of… individually. The chorizo looked and tasted suspiciously like italian sausage, there was no paprika flavour and it was dry. If it was an italian sausage – it was a well aged. The generous serve of haloumi – the “steak” of the cheeses, was a matched well with the sweet onion relish. This dish was impressive in it’s presentation but seemed a bit disjointed even though the individual elements were quite tasty.
Megs did me proud and ordered the pulled pork ciabatta sandwich ($18.50). The kitchen yet again showed off it’s skills at making towering food with this colossal sandwich standing tall filled with jullienned beetroot, ribbons of cucumber and of course the sweet but soft meat of the best animal of all.. a pork.. I mean – a pig. Pulled pork is very “in” at the moment and Gusto did themselves proud with this number. Make sure you know how to dislocate your jaw if you want to attempt to eat this like a sandwich – it’s a biggin.
Marie’s baked eggs a la grecque ($17.50) was a rustic dish served in a cast iron pan with flame grilled capsicum strips piled on pieces of ciabatta on the side. This was a little different to the traditional baked eggs in that it didn’t have a a tomato base. The perfect runny egg sat amongst mushrooms, capsicum and feta. The flavours blended well making for an impressively simple yet flavoursome breakfast.
The service was fast and friendly and to the credit of the staff – they didn’t push us out the door the second we had finished our breakfast. We were so engrossed in conversation that we didn’t notice the people outside waiting… willing us to leave. One waiter asked if we would like anything else and it was only then that we looked up and said “we better leave!”. We slinked out the door past the huffing and puffing of those waiting on the footpath… The lesson to you all here is – get there early if you want a table! It’s a well liked place!86 Angelo St, South Perth
http://www.facebook.com/GustoFood/ Breakfast served daily 7am – 1.30pm