“The Office on Harrogate” – is it just me or does the name sound like it belongs in London somewhere? I know when I first saw it on Instragram I had to ask “is this in Perth?”.. well it is, in West Leederville in fact. It is in that weird corner near Southport and Cambridge Street. I say weird because it’s more of a place you drive past to get to the Freeway rather than stop for any reason. With the new office blocks being built in the area I think this small bar is well positioned to gain a lot of business in the near future.
I’m not sure if it was the bad weather last weekend or if West Leederville suffers the same fate as West Perth on a weekend, but it was dead quiet when my sister and I walked in. Inside is exactly what you’d expect of a small bar. There’s a handful of tables and plenty of bar space as well bar tables and standing room out the front in the alfresco area. I’d love to come here for a Friday after work drink. There really is a lot to miss about not working in the city.
The menu is far more than I expected from a small bar. This was cafe quality stuff. I usually find that when a “bar” attempts to do breakfast I am left thinking “stick to what you know – pouring drinks and serving chips with aoili”. Prices range from $6.50 for toast (and they don’t charge extra for gluten free) up to $24 for the Big Boss – eggs, beans, bacon, sausages, roasted baby tomatoes and toast. What’s even better about this place is that they have a kids menu called The Groms Menu. They can choose from four meals (ranging from $10-$12.50) as well as small versions of milkshakes and juices… served in trendy jars as well so they can be like mum and dad!
Coffee is by Perth fave, Five Senses. Judging by the amount of loyalty cards stuck on the wall – the week day coffee crowd think they serve a pretty good brew here too. There’s also a selection of juices and milkshakes on offer as well. They even have salted caramel milkshake. Hooly dooly! I wasn’t THAT naughty to order one of those, so I went with a beetroot, ginger, lemon and apple juice instead.
I know people write to me and say “order more bacon”… but sorry guys, I had porridge this time again. And is was A-MAZING. At $10.50 the banana and maple porridge was well priced considering the average is around $12 at cafes. This was a hefty bowl of oats laden with linseeds, banana, almonds and pepita seeds. I would say the ratio was 50:50 for seeds to oats – so much goodness! Served with a little ramekin of maple syrup, you could add a sweet touch to your bowl of super foods. Yes I did this. And yes I understand this now negates some of the superfoodiness goodness. But.. whatever. It tasted damn good!
My sister had been talking about craving something like homemade beans but a cheeky little dish of corn fritters served with bacon, poaches eggs, relish, rocket and avocado ($17.50) caught her eye. Then the shakshuka ($18) got in there and won. Served with bacon and avocado the accompanying bread wasn’t really needed but of course Sarah used it to mop up that rustic cumin flavoured capsicum and tomato sauce that makes shakshuka so damn good. It came with two eggs baked in which was quite generous considering you usually only get one at other places. They were a little over done but overall this dish had kicked a huge goal.
If you’re planning a breakfast for a special occasion then this is your place. As a fully licensed bar, you can get a cheeky morning drink right from the moment they open their doors. There is nothing more decadent than a champagne breakfast!
Whether it’s breakfast with friends or family, The Office on Harrogate has everything – A well priced kids menu, great food, and top notch coffee. This is much MUCH more than a small bar. I am planning on cheating on breakfast and trying their $10 lamb shanks or chilli mussels on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Booyah! You can’t beat that!32 Harrogate Stree, West Leederville
Breakfast served Mon-Sat 7am – 11am
Originally published on WA Today on 12th September 2014