Cheap eats for breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day, according to someone’s grandma, but sometimes early morning is not the time to be making complex decisions. That’s why we tried out a few places for you.

The Little Banksia pancakes, reviewed by Abbey Cullen

The Little Banksia in South Perth has an Instagram following of 11,200. For me personally, the number of followers on social media tends to say a lot about the location, its service and its food. This number and the images on their Instagram is what reeled me in as a breakfast lover.

Walking towards the café it was evident that they were busy, and that was confirmed when were told we had to wait twenty minutes to be seated. Usually, to be given a wait time is non-ideal, however, being able to see the dishes other people had ordered reassured me to stay and wait.

The atmosphere was family-oriented. It was beautiful and reminded me of when I was younger and my Mum would take me out for breakfast with her and her friends. The Little Banksia is also pet friendly which made my heart smile that little bit more.

The one fault which can put my finger on is the service. The service was in no way horrible, however, when ordering at the till my expectations are that you’re greeted with a friendly smile and you are being served by someone who is happy to be there. I could easily see that the woman who served me didn’t want to be there. But, that was the only fault.

I put the service behind me and was eager to take a look at what was on offer. Taking one glance on the menu, the ‘Buttermilk Pancakes’ caught my eye. I am a sweet tooth, and can never go wrong by starting my morning with a sweet treat. But, do you know what else caught my eye? The price wasonly $18. I was expecting to have to pay a minimum price of $20, as I feel that’s now the bare minimum when going out for a meal, especially breakfast!

As I wanted to reassure myself that this was the breakfast for me, I decided to have another look on the Instagram page. The layout of their page is immaculate and well designed: From colour usage to the aesthetics of the food, I was in awe.

The pancakes were within the first few images and took my breath away: the pistachio crumble scattered around the plate, the vibrant colours of the berries, passionfruit curd and vanilla creme. This is what I thought would satisfy my stomach and heart. Then within what seemed like a blink of an eye, there they were sitting in front of me on the table.

I didn’t want to cut through the pancakes as they just looked too pretty to eat. I picked up my knife to cut through the fluffy golden pancakes, and it went straight through. That is how soft they were.

By combining the pancakes and the sides altogether, the taste was indescribable. The berry compote; as sweet as can be, the Italian meringue; creamy and light, the passionfruit curd; sweet and vibrant, the vanilla creme fraiche; making the taste buds dance. All of these components having such dominant roles in the dish, really completed it.

It was evident that a lot of thought had gone into this dish alone, no wonder the location is buzzing and there is a wait time. Whether or not you are a savoury lover or a sweet tooth like myself, the food at The Little Banksia in South Perth is worth the wait.

The Little Banksia’s sweet and filling buttermilk pancakes. Photo: Abbey Cullen.

Sherbet Café and Bake Shop’s vege burger, reviewed by Harriet Finn

As far as vegetarian breakfasts go, Sherbet ’s rendition of the infamous vege burger is a perfect on-the-go snack. The filling is concealed in a toasted ciabatta roll, providing that enjoyable sandwich crunch.

The café in Whatley Crescent, Maylands, opens at 6.30 every morning and closes at 5pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends.

Another bite will take you into the burgers inner core – a perfect fusion of healthy goodness. Comprised of two fried eggs, sautéed garlic mushrooms, baby spinach and swiss cheese, the sandwich checks all the boxes of a quintessential vege burger. But what may take the cake, is the burger’s house-made relish: a flavourful tomato sauce with a surprising sensation of sweetness.

The burger may be slightly overpriced, costing $12.50. However, as a diner passionate about vegetarian cuisine, the combination of the roll’s taste and texture cannot be contended. Sherbet’s vege burger is a delightful vegetarian breakfast.

“It’s what’s on the inside that counts” rings true for Sherbet’s vege burger.
Photo: Harriet Flinn.

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