Breakfast food porn lovers, get ready to drool!
Also in this post: a special offer for TFP readers – discounted tickets to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape.
I went to Sea Gardens (known affectionately as Seadies) twice in two days on my trip to Margaret River with the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
On my first visit I was thrilled to see French toast with bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup on Sea Gardens’ specials blackboard – it’s my favourite breakfast combo. But there was a lot of eating to be done on our itinerary – was I about to overdo it on my first meal of the day? Luckily, one of my dining companions agreed to share a serving with me. Our waiter brought an extra plate to make the sharing easy. My only gripe with the dish (and it’s not a deal breaker by any means) was that the beautifully caramelised banana was served still in its skin. Presumably this makes it easier to cook and transfer to the plate – practical for chef but not so convenient for the eater.
Given the choice of cup or mug, we almost all chose mugs for that much needed big coffee hit first thing in the morning.
On our second morning, no one was surprised when I asked if I could photograph their food – they were happy to oblige.
The Bombie (AU$20.50) is Sea Garden’s fry-up breaky, with fried free range eggs, bacon, chorizo, mushroom, tomato and sourdough toast. It’s all precariously perched on the plate with bits oozing and dangling like a controversial sculpture that both delights and offends. There’s a Veggie Bombie (AU$19.90) with fried eggs, asparagus, mushrooms and Roma tomato on rye toast, and a Baby Bombie (AU$13) on the Kiddies’ Brekkie menu.
A couple of the Royal Agricultural Society ladies ordered the blackboard special lemon & pesto potato cake, layers of smoked salmon and spinach, topped with a poached egg and smothered in thick hollandaise sauce (AU$13.50).
A croissant filled generously with smoked salmon, feta, spinach and avocado (AU$11.50).
The Mediterranean (AU$21) – poached eggs with Roma tomato, avocado, feta and hollandaise with sourdough toast. Wherever there’s sauce, it’s served in lashings! It’s heaven for lovers of saucy dishes.
I ordered scrambled eggs on toast (AU$12) with a side of mushies (AU$3). The eggs were scrambled with finely chopped chives, served on a big slice of toast sitting on chunky mushrooms in well seasoned cream sauce.
I had a chat with Gilles, the charming chef-owner of Sea Gardens as he pulled a fresh batch of his famous muffins out of the oven. They were huge, with crusty tops dusted with icing sugar, peppered with dark chocolate buttons. They smelled incredibly good. Gilles placed one in a brown paper bag for me to take away for morning tea.
Gilles sources local produce wherever possible – Sea Gardens serves organic coffee, teas and hot chocolate by 5 Senses, Margaret River Free Range Eggs and Augusta Bakery breads.
Sea Gardens is definitely on the To Eat list the next time Jac and I find ourselves back in Margaret River. I think she’ll love it.
Prevelly WA 6285
Telephone: (08) 9757 3074
Open daily 8am to 3pm
Bookings are recommended for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The menu changes seasonally and specials vary, so some of the dishes featured in the post may no longer be available.
TFP travelled to the Margaret River Region and dined as a guest of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia.
See the other blog posts about my August trip to the Margaret River region:
- Cambray Sheep Cheese, Nannup
- Millers Ice Cream, Cowaramup
- 34 Degrees South Olive Oil, Edwards Wines and Gabriel Chocolate
Special offer – Margaret River Gourmet Escape discounted tickets
The Margaret River Gourmet Escape (22-25 November 2012) is a food and wine festival featuring international superstar chefs including Heston Blumenthal, David Chang and Rene Redzepi, with an impressive line-up of Australia’s top chefs, winemakers and local food producers.
Here’s a special offer for TFP readers:
Buy 2 tickets to the Gourmet Village, held at Leeuwin Estate Winery, for Sunday 25 November for AU$50.
Tickets are usually $37 each – so this gives you a discount of $24.
Note: this offer is valid for entry to the Gourmet Village on Sunday 25 November only.
For more event information: Margaret River Gourmet Escape.
To buy tickets at the special price: Visit this page to buy tickets, select the date “Sun 25 Nov 2012”, which will bring up the special price. Then, click on “Get Tickets”.