Going out for breakfast used to be a foreign concept to me until years ago I went to Harvest for breakfast and this is where my love affair with the most important meal of the day began. I sat there under the grapevines enjoying amazing coffee and perfectly made bloody mary’s and I was in awe that breakfast wasn’t just about bad coffee and soggy scrambled eggs. It’s been a long time coming, but I finally returned to Harvest last weekend with Andy and my sister Sarah in tow. We sat out the back under those same grapevines and funnily enough we ended up on the same table I sat at all those years ago. I didn’t have my website on my first visit, I didn’t even know about food blogging – would Harvest live up to my expectations and romanticised memory this time around with my “reviewing” hat on?
As soon as we arrived we had our coffee orders taken, along with that we ordered three bloody marys. I needed to know if they were as good as I remember. And they were. There was a perfect balance of all those little ingredients – salt, pepper, tabasco and worcestershire. As expected the coffee was also great. Good temperature, creamy texture and a mild flavour.
The menu is really interesting at Harvest and there is a good mix of both sweet and savoury choices. When I was doing my “sweet series” of reviews, I found it quite hard as most places only offered only one or two options. The prices start at $4 and go up to $24 for “The Standard” – scramble, bacon, sausages, mushies & breaky potatoes. Andy and I were about to have an argument over who would order the Belgian waffle with bacon, banana, maple ice cream ($17) but I retreated and decided to order the veal with beans and corn chips ($19). Sarah ordered The Standard but without bread as they don’t offer gluten free.
Andy’s Belgian waffle was light and fluffy with a sweet brûlée like maple syrup crust. The saltiness of the bacon was a delicious contrast to the sweetness of the dish. Ice cream is such a naughty treat at breakfast but what are waffles without ice cream?!
Sarah’s meal looks a bit bare in the photo, but please remember she ordered it without bread. The sausage was flavoursome and tasted of fresh fennel and the bacon was a nice thick slab that had a slight caramelisation on the edges. It was almost like a piece of gammon! The eggs were creamy and the mushrooms were seasoned well. The roasted potatoes were soft with a crispy, paprika flavoured crust. A great substitution for hash browns. Sarah thought that at $24 this meal was a little overpriced. Part of me agrees looking back at the picture but I also know that the quality of those ingredients is top notch. There is nothing out of a tin or freezer on that plate.
My veal was not what I had expected. It was ground on top of re-fried beans and was rammed with spicy mexican flavours. The batons of sweet potato were soft and added a bit more complexity to this dish. The egg looked like it was slow cooked (65 degree). A little ball of plump yolk with a slightly fried side. It was perfect. I have to say I really enjoyed scooping the veal and beans onto the corn chips like I was eating nachos!
I really love Harvest. I love sitting out in that back area and enjoying a great breakfast and receiving fantastic service. I love that a lot of their fresh produce is grown in their own garden out the back and I love that Harvest made me love breakfast. Harvest has always been a quiet achiever that will forever be popular and I hope that I will return again soon… this time I won’t leave it so long.1 Harvest Road North Fremantle
Breakfast served Friday – Sunday from 8am