Shop 203, Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Boat Harbour
Breakfast served on Sundays only. 8am – 11am
I have been wanting to check out Hippo Creek for breakfast for a while now and cleverly planned to go there the morning after a hens party. My sister came along with me this morning – it’s been a while since we’ve had breakfast together! After she fought to get a car bay (yes… Hillarys was already rammed at 10am) we finally got to sit together in the cool restaurant overlooking the sparkling water of the beach. Hippo Creek also has plenty of outside seating but it was far too hot for us to sit outside today!
For those that have been living under a rock, Hippo Creek the place to go for exotic African game meats and steaks of mammoth proportions. There are two restaurants; one in Subiaco and one in Hillarys. Hillarys is the only one that does breakfast.
If you are a meat lover, this is the place for you. The menu has a good range of choices that would suit most people but to be able to have a sirloin steak with your breakfast cooked by the people who know meat is something not to be passed up! The prices range from $4.50 for toast up to $22.50 for the African Feast - eggs as you like on sour dough toast with a sirloin steak, bacon, grilled tomato, grilled field mushroom and chipolatas. There is also a kids sized serving of pancakes for $10 available. The menu has a nice range of sides you can add like steak ($8) or the South African sausage - Boerewors ($6).
Of course I chose to have the African Feast with my sirloin cooked medium rare and my sister chose the African Open Omelette with sausage, olives, capsicum, tomato and feta ($17). We both ordered a coffee and I ordered a freshly squeezed OJ and my sister ordered a peach ice tea.
The coffees and drinks didn’t take long to come out which was good as I was dying for my caffeine hit. Hippo Creek use Toby Estate coffee and I found the coffee to be quite mild in flavour with a slight nutty undertone. It was a well made coffee at perfect temperature and creaminess to the last sip. My sister was disappointed that her peach ice tea was bottled Nestea. She thought it was going to be freshly made like my OJ was. My OJ was sweet and refreshing.
I would be lying if I didn’t say I was shocked when my African Feast came out. It was A LOT of meat and it didn’t look particularly appetising, but there isn’t much you can do to dress up a plate of meat! My poached eggs were cooked perfectly and the mushrooms had bulk loads of flavour. The bacon had a very smokey flavour and wasn’t dry. The sirloin steak could have done with some resting time. I think it went straight from grill to plate as it started oozing in the middle after the plate was set down. I left it for a while before I ate it and it was beautiful and juicy as well as being seasoned well. I would have liked to have seen boerewors instead of chipolatas on the plate. I managed to finish most of it and I had the meat sweats afterwards!
My sister enjoyed her omelette saying it was a good size and full of flavour. The slices of the boerewors were tasty and it was nice to see large pieces of feta cheese set in the omelette.
The service was friendly and attentive and the restaurant is in a lovely location. My sister and I sat and chatted for a while after we finished and it was almost 11.30am when we left. We didn’t feel like we were being rushed out at all despite the lunch service looming. Of course, it would have been rude of us to stay any longer but I appreciated that it was “ok” for us to sit a while after eating.
Definitely check this place out if you love meat!