After attending the amazing wedding of two dear friends I was going to need a good breakfast to soak up all the white wine I had consumed. I had suggested Pure Bar to my sister the day before so she rounded up a few friends and we all headed there for what was hopefully going to be a great hang over curing breakfast.
Pure Bar is a small bar sitting neatly outside of the hustle and bustle of the Rokeby Rd area of Subi. It’s very white and clean inside, but the warm and friendly service makes up for the almost clinical feel. Although, at night with the lights glowing it would be a very different look.
The others already had their coffees when Andy and I arrived, so I was relieved when the waitress came and took our order straight away. Along with a coffee I also ordered an “Immunity” juice – carrot, ginger, apple and lemon. It was just what I needed! Crema beans are used at Pure Bar. The coffee was ok but not great. It was bordering on bitter but had quite a strong flavour and good texture and temperature.
There is a lot of choice on the menu and they are far from boring. I wish I could list all of the things that interested me! (instead check out their menu online). The prices peak at $24 for the “Big Brekky Challenge” - Eggs, bacon, grilled tomato, hash browns, chipolatas, mushrooms and baked beans on toast. One meal that really caught my eye was the “Shrooms” – button and field mushrooms sautéed with strawberries, served on turkish toast with bacon & finished with a raspberry balsamic ($16.50). It seemed like a strange combination – one I was not willing to try in my delicate state. I will have to come back for it another day!
Both Mel and I ordered the Breakfast Stack - Grilled field mushroom, hashbrown, grilled haloumi, honey baked ham and avocado with basil pesto and fresh lemon ($14). I was won over by the prospect of haloumi. It’s cheese that’s like a steak. It was squeaky and salty – everything I was hoping for. The mushroom was meaty and the ham was thinly sliced and sweet. Hash browns that punctuated the stack were a little on the oily side suggesting that the oil was possibly not hot enough when they were fried. The “basil pesto” was more like aoili with basil in it but it was creamy and garlicky. A perfect condiment to the meal.
At $24 The Big Brekky Challenge seemed out of place when most meals cost between $14-$16. It was huge but so were all of our meals. Bren decided he would accept the challenge and he almost succeeded, only leaving a few mouthfuls of beans behind. The eggs were plump and full of runny yolk, the bacon thick and the mushrooms tasty. The beans were home made and tasted like a “bean salsa”. Strangely though, some of the beans seemed undercooked. For the price, I would have liked to seen a potato rosti or similar to replace those frozen hash browns.
Andy and Brooke went with the sweet option and ordered the “French Kiss” – french toast with maple syrup, fresh strawberries and banana ($10). It was a nice surprise to have french toast made with fruit bread. It definitely added to the overall sweetness of the dish. The fruit decorating the dish was fresh and the cinnamon sugar gave the meal that decadent – “I just visited the patisserie for a treat” taste.
Sarah ordered the “Purely Poached” – poached eggs, chorizo, tomato relish, shaved parmesan and baby spinach on toast. ($15). The menu said gluten free bread was available but it wasn’t. This was a little disappointing as the reason we chose to go there was because the menu said they had the bread. Despite this, Sarah still loved her meal. The eggs were poached perfection and the bite size pieces of chorizo were smokey. A bed of spinach was fresh and added a nice crunch to the meal with the tomato salsa giving a peppery onion flavour.
Pure Bar is really worth a visit. For the most part it is very reasonably priced and there is plenty of choice – whether it’s a light healthy breakfast you’re after or a heavier breakfast to soak up the previous night’s fun. The service is sweet and friendly. The waitstaff actually seem to care what you think, which is a nice change. So try stopping short of Rokeby Road and check out this small bar doing big breakfasts.331 Hay St, Subiaco
Breakfast served From 7.30am weekdays & from 8am weekends