I’m a sucker for punishment. After a lovely month spent in Europe (which included a proposal in Bayeux, France and dinner at #2 restaurant in the world, Noma), we decided that moving house the day we got back was a great idea. Somehow with jet lag we managed to move house with zero fights or broken wine glasses! Our first weekend in our new house called for some exploring in our local area and I remember being told about Little Guildford by a fellow foodie, Laura Moseley, whose recommendations I take as gospel!
The cafe looks quite small from the outside but there is tonnes of room inside; perfect if you have a larger group. Outside also has plenty of seating surrounded by lush agapanthus and window boxes of winter flowers. Little Guildford has this nice, homely feel about it. It’s the kind of place you could imagine having a kitchen tea at or brunch on your way out to an afternoon of wine tasting in the Swan Valley.
The menu shines in its simplicity with only eight choices ranging in price from $8 for fig and fennel toast up to $22 for the Little Guildford big breakfast – poached eggs, grilled bacon, chipolatas, roasted tomatoes and pesto mushrooms.
Fiori coffee is used at Little Guildford. Whilst our coffee wasn’t bad, it was lacking robustness and tasted extremely mild. However, the temperature was perfect and the texture was creamy. I am wondering if it was just the blend they were using at the time because Fiori usually has a bit more ooomph to its flavour.
My “avocado smash” ($13) was a huge serving of roughly blended, well seasoned avocado, cherry tomatoes and my favourite…Danish feta. Olive oil soaked sourdough was cut at just the right thickness; having to saw through mattress thick slices of bread is really no fun at all. The balsamic reduction added a touch of sweetness to the dish with the avocado “smash” having a slight tang from freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Andy’s dish of an Atlantic salmon pattie ($18) was a stumpy cylinder of big pink flakes of fresh salmon married with its perfect partner of dill and soft chunks of potato. A sweet vinaigrette drizzled around the dish was something special. I regret not asking what it was now because Andy said it “made” the dish. Plump gooey poached eggs topped the pattie with a creamy hollandaise added in just the right amount.
I found the service to be friendly and caring. Caring? Yep…I really believed that the waitress cared about my answer when she asked how my meal was. Everyone that worked there seemed relaxed and happy to be there. It cemented that “homely feel”.
After our great breakfast, I suggested at work that we have our “fun food friday” (our day off from eating lunch brought from home) at Little Guildford. Lunch was as good as breakfast – fresh and tasty. It’s a shame they are only open for breakfast on Sunday’s, but not all is lost – they are worth a visit for lunch or dinner!104 Swan St, Guildford
Breakfast served weekends 7.30am – 11.30am