Hallelujah! Finally there is somewhere north of Sorrento worth having breakfast at! The Buttery Cafe in Joondalup is a God send! This café has filled a gap in the northern suburbs that was bigger than the disappointment the English cricket team are feeling.
If any of you follow my ramblings on Twitter, you will know how I feel about the wasteland of decent places to eat in the northern suburbs. Having lived in “south Geraldton” for a year, I found it frustrating trying to find somewhere that served coffee that wasn’t as hot as the face of the sun and breakfast that wasn’t more suited to a roadhouse (no offence to the great roadhouses out there).
This full of heart cafe is owned by Aynsley Anderson and her daughter Lisa,who is the chef, and her son Jason. I met them by chance a few months ago when I stopped in for breakfast and to buy a gift from their attached vintage style homewares store. I wasn’t there to review that day but I got talking to Aynsley as I was paying for my gift and I said that I couldn’t believe my luck that somewhere this good had opened after I moved away!
So with that great experience in mind I returned on what was set to be Perth’s hottest day since the year I was doing Little Athletics in 46 degree heat and burning my legs on the high jump mats.
Buttery sits at the bottom of a newish office block directly across from Joondalup hospital. There is plenty of street parking around, just make sure you get a ticket as the inspectors are ruthless around there. I have been caught without a ticket after running into a shop for 5 mins around there!
The menu is like something you would see… not around these parts. They have your classic breakfasts as well as meals with a fashionable Mexican slant and beautifully constructed sweet options like French toast with bacon and banana ($17.80). The top price is a reasonable $18.90 for the huevos rancheros (more about that dish later). It’s surprising that the most expensive menu item isn’t their version of big breakfast, which comes with a corned beef hash I might add! There is an impressive list of sides on offer as well, ranging from corned beef hash to icecream. If you want it added to your breakfast, then they will have it.
They use Vittoria coffee here at Buttery. You have to appreciate the taste of Italian style coffee to enjoy Vittoria. It isn’t going to taste like that “Five Senses” flavour that Perth is growing accustomed to. It does not mean that it is bad. With a well trained barista playing on the port filters you will get a creamy robust cup of coffee with plenty of high notes – exactly what I drank on this morning. A huge mug of it!
The huevos rancheros ($18.90) came as a small le creuset style baking dish filled with a spicy tomato sauce, beans, cheese and sour cream. It had zippy flavour that was lip smackingly good. You can have your choice of eggs with this dish and the scrambled eggs that were on my plate where the best I have had in a while. They were so silky and creamy. The potato hash is everything a home made hash should be. A large crispy pillow of soft grated potato was a great accompaniment to the spicy sauce. There are no complaints about the serving size here, you won’t be left wanting after one of their meals.
Emma ordered the classic breakfast ($15.60). This is a little bit “build your own”. You get eggs and a hash brown and your choice of either bacon, sausage, tomatoes, corned beef hash or mushrooms. Just as my scrambled eggs were, Emma’s were also creamy and smooth. She commented that the large hash brown tasted fresh and not oily, a good replacement for toast. Smokey bacon that was crispy around the edges was served as the option, rounding out a truly classic breakfast.
In addition to our breakfasts we were served a basket of toast with jam and creamed butter. This took me back to my childhood when we would have jam and cream on bread if there was any cream left over after a special occasion and mum had made a trifle. It was a nice touch.
If you are looking for the kind of service that Perth seems to be missing at times, then the staff here have nailed it. They are attentive yet not annoying. Food and coffee are brought out quickly and your plates are cleared just as quickly as well (only when you have BOTH finished of course). I think some places are using the ploy of not clearing your table to make you leave. And when you do leave, it seems like everyone in the kitchen stops to say thank you and good bye!
No longer do the people of Perth who live north have to travel ridiculous distances just for a decent breakfast – The Buttery Cafe is right on their doorstep. With an all day breakfast to boot, there is no need to rush and if you live south of Sorrento, there’s plenty of time for you to mosey on up there as well. It’s worth the trip – trust me.57 Shenton Ave, Joondalup
Breakfast served all day from 8am Monday – Saturday
Originally published on WA Today Friday 17th January 2014