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Gordon Street Garage, West Perth

I met my friend Chad for breakfast at Gordon Street Garage this week. As the name suggests, it’s a café set in a transformed auto electrics garage on Gordon Street.

This place is huge. Seriously, I couldn’t stop looking around and imagining what it must be like when it’s busy. It’s got the cavernous, hangar-like feel of Little Creatures, the Great Hall of Hogwarts. All the elements of café cool are here: an industrial feel combining recycled steel and wood; lamps hanging from the ceiling; crates, sacks and more – deliberately placed decorative clutter; a front counter loaded with house-baked treats; vintage crockery. It’s all fast becoming café cliché, but for now, highly desirable essentials for a great atmosphere.

The guys behind Gordon Street Garage know their stuff, and their list of ventures is impressive: Balthazar, Il Lido, Duende. They’d planned to open a boutique restaurant and wine bar in Northbridge called The Latin, but the ambitious plan fell through when their liquor licence application was rejected. Plan B revealed itself in the old Kings Park Auto garage on an almost forgotten street in West Perth. With offices and Perth Arena up the road and the free Yellow Cat bus service passing by, behold – the rebirth of Gordon Street.

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When Gordon Street Garage first opened, they served the excellent Five Senses coffee, but with their own coffee roaster on-site, it was only a matter of time before they began roasting their own. They now roast hand-picked single origin beans in small batches to create their own blend of coffee under their in-house label Mano A Mano (“hand to hand” in Italian). The baby blue cups are small – they must be cousins of those frustrating little brown Campos coffee cups – but the coffee was great.

Skinny cappucino (AU$4), soy flat white (AU$4 + 50 cents for soy) and fresh OJ (AU$7) Skinny cappucino (with a big spoon of sugar about to sink through the froth, AU$4), soy flat white (AU$4 + 50 cents for soy) and fresh OJ (AU$7)

It’s a running joke between Chad and me that whenever we go out for breakfast, her favourite dish to order is testicles on toast. No, I don’t really mean testicles. Chad likes to order her sauce on the side so she can dip as much or as little as she wants, and when poached eggs haven’t been smothered in sauce a la hollandaise in eggs Benedict, they can look rather testicle-like. This time, Chad ordered the house-smoked salmon, spinach, poached eggs, potato and zucchini hash brown (hidden, in the picture) with the bearnaise on the side (AU$21). See what I mean about the eggs? I know, I know: what’s been seen cannot be unseen!

House-smoked salmon,potato and zucchini hash brown, spinach,poached egg, bearnaise on the side (AU$21) House-smoked salmon,potato and zucchini hash brown, spinach,poached egg, bearnaise on the side (AU$21) – nice meaty chunks of salmon and gooey poached eggs.

It’s not easy to serve food that showcases seasonal produce in all its glory that punters will think is worth paying for and won’t dismiss as “something I could’ve just cooked for myself at home” (The steaks at Rockpool, sitting proudly yet starkly on their plates with zero embellishments, are the high-end example). My dish was a terrific example of letting ingredients speak for themselves. Simple preparation and presentation, and fresh flavours that work together: bread, cheese, mushrooms, rocket. I demolished everything on my plate, though it felt expensive at $17.

Roasted field mushroom, Tasmanian Brie, chive oil on toast (AU$17) Roasted field mushroom, Tasmanian Brie, chive oil on toast (AU$17). The rocket wasn’t mentioned on the menu but really made this a deceptively brielliant (yes, I know – cheesy) flavour combo.

I hear Gordon Street Garage’s become a favourite venue on weekdays for the local office crowd. Bookings aren’t taken, and although there’s plenty of seating, I’ve been told you may have to wait for a table for breakfast on the weekend.

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The menu varies depending on the produce that’s available. Service was friendly and we enjoyed the food and coffee, but it’s on the pricey side – our breakfast came to $57. The quality was certainly there, but for the portion size, it felt expensive – if recommending Gordon Street Garage to anyone, I feel compelled to mention the price, especially for people with heartier appetites who’ll want to order from the top end of the menu. The breakfast menu ranged from AU$4.50 for a muffin to $24 for the full fry-up of two eggs, bacon, smoked tomato, pork and fennel sausage, field mushroom and sourdough.

Small cup gripes aside, if I worked in the area, I could see myself becoming a coffee regular here.

Mural and doughnutsOn the front counter, more balls! Sorry, couldn’t resist. Gourmet grocery items are displayed for sale in the shelves in the front room, including flavoured olive oils, pickles and jams.

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Gordon Street Garage

Gordon Street Garage
16 Gordon Street
West Perth WA
Telephone: (08) 9322 8050
Open daily 7am till late
No reservations taken

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  • Gourmanda

    It’s got a lovely homely feel about it! Very down-to-earth, I love the gorgeous country-style crockery.

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      I like the water jugs. Very homey and country!

  • erin

    I didn’t love GSG, but I went a week after it opened, on a Saturday, and they were clearly experiencing some teething problems… and the fact that the line for a table went right out the door probably didn’t help! It felt expensive to me too, as it felt like I could have easily prepared it at home (only better… ahem). The coffee was nice though, even if it did take 45 minutes to arrive (!!!). I think I will pop by again when I’m in the area though and give it another shot… at least for a cuppa :)

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      erin, yes, mates went very soon after it opened and reported a similar experience to yours. 45 mins for coffee – hope you weren’t in dire need of a caffeine hit at the time!

  • ariascordz

    Reading & looking at that delicious food on an empty stomach wasn’t a good idea haha…… now all I want is some poached eggs, smoked salmon, spinach & those hash browns yummmmmm. Might have to make my way there on a weekend as I’ve heard a lot of hype about this joint (& it’s listed #2 of Talk of the Town on Urbanspoon) Thanks for the post :)

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      ariascordz, no worries. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Yes… it’s a very trendy place right now. Not that I go anywhere to be cool. :)

  • Wen Yang Lee

    Lovely environment when I last visited! And my sister complains a similar problem to yours. That the size of things here are as if they are rationing for an apocalypse.

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      I wouldn’t personally say I could make it better at home – I’m too lazy! But yes, for my money, it didn’t feel like I got a lot on the plate. But perhaps it’s good to go out to breakfast and not feel like you have to skip lunch that day!

  • girlfromaamchimumbai

    I love the decor of this place. It is gorgeous and the food looks divine.

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      It’s a very attractive space, that’s for sure. I could easily have stayed for ages and just had coffee after coffee. Alas, I was expected at the office.

  • Tahnee

    I went there a few weeks back, and I totally agree it does have a funky little creatures feel to it!! I didn’t go for breakfast but am keen to try :)

    I have just been to Broome and have a few shots of Matso’s Brewery. Let me know what you think?

    misstahblog.blogspot.com

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      Tahnee, the blog link doesn’t work for me…?
      Broome’s on my To Visit list – I’ve never been. Hoping I’ll get the chance, maybe next year.

  • niloo

    Omg I can’t believe your dish cost $17! I’m sure they used the best ingredients but it’s mushroom on two toasts for the love of God! Where they at least magic mushrooms? ??

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      niloo, hahaha. No magic mushies to be found!

  • Amit pandey

    These look SO good! Nothing makes me happier than some bananas for brekkie :)

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      I like caramelised bananas with french toast or pancakes and bacon. But a simple buttery sandwich with banana and honey is great too.