This morning I had a lovely birthday present given to me – breakfast at Piccolo’s Corner with my friend Errin. I had no idea this place existed until she told me we were going here and what a hidden gem it is! This “corner shop” sits down the back streets of leafy West Leederville and has both a small dining area inside and lovely garden area at the side with shady tables and a big day bed for really lounging back and enjoying the surrounds.
The menu is really interesting and thoughtfully put together. There was nothing that I expected on there and it was refreshing to see a small family run business doing really interesting things with breakfast. I have to admit that lately I have become a little bored with what I have been seeing on menus and Piccolo’s Corner has given me new hope! The prices range from $6 up to $20 for Piccolo’s Breakfast – free range eggs, bacon, avocado, spicy capsicum relish and ciabatta.
Errin and I both ordered coffee and I decided to have the smashed pumpkin, feta, spinach, pesto and poached egg on sourdough toast ($17.50). Errin ordered the home made beans with chorizo, pesto and poached egg on top of toasted sourdough ($17.50)
The coffee was served in old fashioned tea cups. Think “nanna’s Royal Doulton/Wedgewood” collection style. They were cute and matched the general “feel” of the place. I love that they have found a use for souvenir tea spoons as well. The only complaint was that the cups are quite small so it felt like the coffee was gone too quickly. The coffee is by Five Senses and it was a good temperature with a light caramel flavour. Very moorish!
The smashed pumpkin dish had a perfect balance of sweetness from the tender pumpkin and saltiness from the pesto and feta. The pesto was thick with flavour and the wilted spinach added some crunch. The poached egg on top was just about over cooked with only a small about of runny yolk but it didn’t taint the overall dish – it was all together incredible.
Errin’s homemade beans were spicy and packed full of big slices of chorizo. There is nothing worse than ordering something like this and getting a few slices of chorizo that you lose in a soup of beans. The poached egg was cooked perfectly and the the pesto, drizzled through the dish added some complexity to the flavour.
We both agreed that the serving sizes were quite generous. The service was a little slow but it was very friendly. We didn’t mind the wait has we had lots to talk about and you have to appreciate that it’s a small kitchen making high quality meals. It isn’t just churning out thoughtless food.
The menu is not fixed so expect to find new surprises if you visit this wonderful little place. They have a little bench inside with lolly jars – like an old fashioned deli (well… I remember those types of deli’s and I am in my 30′s!) and they also sell a small amount of produce like free range eggs. I highly recommend Piccolo’s Corner for breakfast if you fancy something a little different to what “everyone else” is doing that is both high in quality and interesting.
Of course I love penny farthings so had to include this picture from Piccolo’s Corner..
Breakfast served Tues-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-2pm