A couple of months ago, Sunday brunch was had at Sayer’s Sister in Northbridge, Perth. This cafe had been on my hit list of places to try for a few years and I was glad to finally give it a go. We were fortunate enough to find a parking spot right across the road from the cafe, and grab the last two seats outdoors. Very lucky indeed! We were provided with tap water without being asked and provided with menus.
I decided to try the low GI dark chocolate ($7.80), not realising that I would receive a mid-sized jug of hot chocolate! This came served on a wooden board with a small jar of white chocolate and a small jar of dark chocolate, and my cup filled with marshmallows. It was a meal in itself! Now I know why it cost $7.80. We asked for a second cup so that my sister could help me drink it. The jug ended up filling three cups which was great value for money. My sister and I both love our Italian hot chocolates so we both found this version a tad thinner and not as chocolatey than our preferred hot choccie. Although the presentation was great, the hot chocolate didn’t work practically. The milk wasn’t hot enough to melt the small bits of chocolate, even with much stirring, or the marshmallows. I did love the toasted coconut flakes on top but that also meant I had to be careful to not choke on it, resulting in a half drink / half chew kind of situation. The good thing about it is that it wasn’t too sweet.
My sister chose the red espresso and apple ice tea ($8.80) consisting of rooibos tea espresso, raspberries, mint and fresh apple juice. She was happy with her choice as found it not too sweet and refreshing. Basically a breakfast mocktail.
The top of the menu clearly stated that Sayer’s Sister is not a nut and gluten free kitchen, but they will try their best to accommodate any dietary requirements. The all day menu had various tasty sounding dishes such as a bean tagine and cumin spiced potato cod cake. I ended up ordering the leek and parmesan croquettes with creamed leeks, poached eggs, spinach and rocket ($19.50). The dish arrived in a large deep bowl with three large round croquettes sitting within the creamed leeks. The croquettes were absolutely divine and fluffy while maintaining a crispy exterior. I couldn’t taste the parmesan inside the croquettes but I did notice parmesan shavings on top. Happy to report that both eggs were perfectly poached providing a gorgeous yolk porn. I liked that the fresh spinach leaves slowly wilted due to the heat of the meal. A superb dish and something I could easily order again.
My sister tried the potato rosti with bramley apple and thyme chutney, poached eggs, bacon, spinach and rocket ($20). She was happy to find that the rosti was very thick and long – a very generous portion. She was glad she didn’t order the big breakfast as this dish was very filling and she couldn’t finish it.
Sayer’s Sister looks like you’re stepping into someone’s busy home with crockery displayed on the shelves, exposed brick walls, weathered timber, pot plants, elegant velvet sofa style seats, picture frames on the walls, chandeliers and lanterns.
We were glad to get a seat outside as we could hear a lot of noise coming from inside. We found service was friendly but we did need to wave someone down to take our order. Although there was table service and we could pay at the table, we couldn’t find anyone to provide our bill and it was easier to pay at the counter. My sister and I were both pleased with our meals and the generous portions provided. I loved their menu and would recommend this place to any out of town visitors. Definitely worth a return visit when I’m back on the west coast.
Value for money 8/10
FPJ score 22.5/30
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