There are a couple of people I know who love to tell me about new breakfast places they have discovered, I saw one of them at the airport before I flew out on a work trip and he relished in telling me all about how No 4 Blake Street was his new favourite. Mothers with their ballet dancer daughters in tow and lone tanned men in their 3/4 pants and linen tops reading the paper fill the tables at No4. There is an definite air of “North Perth” about this place – all class.
My sister and I took our seats at our pre-booked table (yes… HOORAY – they take bookings!) and waited for our coffee. They use Crema beans and our coffee was good enough for us to both order two. Hot enough to keep it’s temperature but not burn your mouth, this cup of joe was creamy and smooth in flavour.
The menu prices top out at a very reasonable $19 for either the Bangers and Beans – house beans, pork and fennel sausage and potato cake or the Kedgeree – smoked cod, curried rice, poached egg with fresh herbs and toast. I have never seen kedgeree on a breakfast menu in Perth and now I have seen in twice in two weeks – the first time was at Chefz Table the week prior. Can someone please let me know if the Mexican food trend is over to be replaced by a traditional English one?
Sarah’s breakfast bruschetta ($16) was a generous serve of pureed avocado, grape tomatoes and mixed milk feta. Her first comment was that the gluten free bread was very good. For those that eat this stuff… it can vary greatly from crap you wouldn’t feed farm animals up to bread you wouldn’t know the difference with. This was the good stuff. The dish was filled with big pieces of fresh herbs – mint, basil and parsley, giving each mouthful bursts of flavour. The feta was soft and milky and the balsamic glaze sweet.
After being “off” eggs lately I thought I would test the water with a chakchouka ($18). This Middle Eastern dish of baked eggs in a spiced tomato and onion sauce was lip smackingly good. There was a distinct taste of cinnamon in the chunky sauce, which I keenly mopped up with the toasted olive bread. I would have loved another piece, as two wasn’t enough for the size of the dish. Oh.. and the eggs weren’t bad either. Maybe I am ready to start eating them again?
When our plates were cleared we were offered dessert. This is the first time I have ever been offered this after breakfast, but with choices like churros ($12), fruit tarts ($6.50) and other sweet things on the menu and display table I can see it might be hard for some to resist the lure of sweety goodness. The kids seem to be kept happy at No4 as I saw several children happily slurping down milkshakes served in small glass milk bottles. I wanted one!
There is a formal service style at No4. This is nicely balanced out with the relaxed and friendly nature of the staff. Seeing one of them bring out a bowl of water for someone’s dog was endearing and thoughtful. No4 Blake Street is bringing class to breakfast without attaching a hefty price tag. A breakfast for under $20 in Perth is getting as rare as hens teeth and to see somewhere like No 4 offering this with their quality produce and in their location is something I welcome to the Perth breakfast scene.
4 Blake St, North Perth
Breakfast served every day 7am – 3pm