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Ingredient Tree

14 December, 2014
Ingredient Tree

Andy was home from site and it’s time for me to have some R&R from making decisions. I hand him my growing list of cafe’s to visit for breakfast in Perth and ask him to pick. He doesn’t just randomly choose, he spends time checking the websites, reading menus and finally offers a suggestion – “what about Ingredient Tree?”

Ingredient Tree is an old Wembley fave and it’s easy to see why. The staff are friendly and accommodating and the food is pretty darn good too.

The coffee here is by Genovese. This is an Italian style roast and one that I had never heard of. I thought to myself… please Ingredient Tree - Coffeedon’t taste like “shopping centre coffee”. It was anything but. Creamy, robust and very Italian, it was a decent brew worthy of ordering a second.

The all day menu is substantial with a specials list and kids menu included. The most you will pay is $19 for a few dishes like corn fritters, salmon or quinoa cakes. “Quinoa” isn’t the main theme of the menu as it’s not all about the golden trifecta of #vegan #raw #cleaneating – there’s a good dose of pancakes, bacon and croissants on there too. You can guarantee that almost everything you get on your plate is made in house from fresh ingredients. Anything they buy in is also for sale in their small shop… nothing is a secret here.

I am a sucker for a good corn fritter but it is always a gamble. What if they come out as those doughy things that has only been in the same room as some corn? These corn fritters ($19) were brilliant. Gnarled fried fritters rammed with corn, red onion and coriander were all sorts of “hell yes”. These reminded me of southern food, something similar to the famous Hush Puppy maybe? Served with rocket, bacon and fried tomato all the wants and needs of the tastebuds were covered with this winner of a breakfast.

Ingredient Tree - Corn Fritters

French toast is something Andy cooks at home for brekky. We have it as “fly out day” breakfast, so we don’t really order it when going out. In a rare move, Andy went with the sweet choice of the French toast ($18). This snazzy looking dish was presented as interwoven slices of  bread topped with creme fraiche and berry compote.  The sweet eggy bread coated in icing sugar had crispy edges and again, the team here had nailed the flavour combo with the tartness of the fruit and yogurty touch of the creme fraiche. The menu did mentioned toasted almonds, which were no where to be seen and would have added that nice finishing crunch.

Ingredient Tree - French Toast

With so many new cafe’s opening around the place it’s easy to forget about these suburban beauties, like Ingredient Tree, that have been attracting full tables for years with food that is freshly made with quality ingredients that has never seen the inside of a tin.

87 Herdsman Parade, Wembley
http://www.ingredienttree.com.au
Breakfast served every day from 7am

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Ingredient Tree

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8 Comments

  • Reply Georgia 14 December, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    LOVE Ingredient Tree!! They also own Aliment in West Leedy, pretty good place too, though quiet on weekends… It’s my go-to place when I need brekky stat!! 😀

    • Reply Liz 17 December, 2014 at 8:09 am

      I did think it was quite quiet when we were there! But we were there early.

  • Reply Martine @ chompchomp 14 December, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I must have got them on a bad day, service was painstakingly slow and food average. May have to try again.

    • Reply Liz 17 December, 2014 at 8:03 am

      It was quiet when we went but we definitely didn’t wait long and the food was great – hopefully it was just a bad day!

  • Reply Minnie 14 December, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Yeah, I try to love them as they are local to me AND they have almond milk for coffee but I have always been dissapointed and I struggle with the “vibe” of the place? that big marble counter at the front just makes it feel so unwelcoming, why would you hide away the till so you don’t know where to stand to pay?

    • Reply Liz 17 December, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Yeah I agree, the counter is very “busy” with items placed on it. I guess where the till is positioned means you have to walk through their shop section – maybe a bit of marketing strategy!

  • Reply Krys 19 December, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I tried Ingredient Tree a little while back for lunch and was so disappointed. Slow service and the food nothing to write home about. Maybe there’s been a change in the kitchen since then? Not sure I’m willing to give them another try I’m afraid :(

    • Reply Liz 20 December, 2014 at 12:15 am

      That’s a shame. A few people have said similar things – maybe we got them on a good day or maybe like you said – they have new people in the kitchen. Thanks for letting me know about your experience there :)

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