134 West Coast Drive, Sorrento
Breakfast served on weekends 9am-11am
Well this is my second review in one weekend… look at me go! Clive and I decided we would treat ourselves and head out to Sorrento to see if we could find somewhere that would kindly let us in without a booking on a beautiful Sunday morning. We decided to try White Salt, which is a multi award winning (check out their website for the impressive list of their awards) bar/cafe on the popular West Coast Drive strip. As we walked in we were greeted by the waitress who asked if we had a booking. We didn’t, but she said it wouldn’t be a problem as she would prepare a table for us. She invited us to sit in the comfortable waiting area whilst she sorted a table.
When she told us our inside table was ready I asked if we could be a pain and sit on the newly cleared table outside. I felt a little bad as we were THOSE customers but she said it was no problem and she didn’t seem annoyed. The table she had prepared inside was soon snapped up by the next people who came in anyway, so it wasn’t a waste of time.
Looking at menu, the choices were fairly generic for breakfast. They had eggs all ways (omelette, Benedict, Florentine etc), pancakes and what I wish I had ordered (because I saw it come out after I chose and it looked amazing) the home made Granola with coconut, poppy seeds, Sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, raisins and honey, served with fruit salad and honey Greek Yoghurt. The menu prices were on the high side ranging from $4.50 for muffins up to $22 for the Sunrise Breakfast – Eggs, bacon, tomato, hash browns and grilled sausage. For those who want to take their kids for breakfast, they have a kids menu for $9.50 where they can choose from bacon & eggs, sausage and eggs or pancakes.
The increased prices could be attributed to the unique offering of free New Norcia breads and preserves that you could help yourself too whilst waiting for your order. I thought this was a nice touch and Clive and I helped ourselves to a piece of the fruit toast each. The toast was deliciously packed with fruit and tasted more like fruit cake than the fruit bread you would buy from the shops.
We felt over looked for a while trying to get someone’s attention to order but a waitress soon realised and came to our table. We ordered our coffees – Clive had mocha and I ordered my usual cappuccino. I would have preferred to have our coffee orders taken when we were seated as I think it’s nice to be able to enjoy your coffee whilst waiting for your food. Clive ordered the Sunrise Breakfast and I chose the Eggs Florentine – Creamed spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise on a toasted English muffin. I was interested to see how creamed spinach would work with the dish.
We didn’t have to wait long for Clive’s meal, which came out before the coffees… and my meal. This is when my head starts to get done in. Why can’t both meals come out at the same time? Why can’t the coffees come out at least at the same time if not before? What feels like forever is probably only really a few minutes until my meal comes out, shortly followed by the coffees.
Clive really liked his mocha even though he said it was more like a hot chocolate as there was virtually no coffee flavour. My cappuccino was not worth the wait. It was luke warm and the coffee tasted burnt with a terrible bitter aftertaste.
The meals definitely made up for the coffee. Clive’s fried eggs were cooked perfectly with runny yolks and clean whites. He said the bacon was “absolutely delicious”… now it’s just bacon right? According to Clive it was cooked so well that the edge had a touch of crisp without creating a leathery dry texture with the rest of the meat.
My Eggs Florentine were almost perfect. Where was the creamed spinach? As far as I could tell it was just normal spinach. However it was cooked so it still had a touch of crunch. The hollandaise sauce was creamy with the right amount of tang. It wasn’t overly heavy either. The poached eggs were cooked perfectly and also the muffins did not become soggy meaning that nothing went straight from water to plate.
Overall the service was friendly and with some serious work on the quality of the coffee and when meals come from the kitchen, White Salt could be fantastic for a standard breakfast with a beautiful view.
On a non breakfast related note – they have happy hour every day from 5pm – 6pm and with their license you don’t need to buy a meal! I’m keeping that one in the memory bank for another time. Early knock off Friday after work drinks anyone?