On the drive home from Northam back in June, we took the road to Darlington Estate Winery in search of breakfast. The restaurant was quiet that morning; with only two other tables occupied, we enjoyed the sweeping views of the surrounding bushland. It’s a pretty, tranquil setting that showcases the sometimes forgotten natural beauty of the Perth Hills.
The coffee is by BioBean, the only certified organic roaster in Perth. After the cups of tea in our room at the Northam Motel we desperately craved a good cuppa. Thank goodness we found it here.
Jac chose the eggs Benedict with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, grilled chorizo, Roma tomato and jalapeno salsa (AU$18). Jac is a big fan of eggs Benedict but really enjoyed the having chorizo and jalapeno salsa instead of the usual suspects. The menu’s changed since since our visit – Eggs Benedict now comes with honey leg ham, wilted spinach and citrus hollandaise.
I ordered the full breakfast (AU$22), with bacon, sausage, egg (I chose scrambled), confit tomato, garlic and herb mushrooms, wilted spinach, homemade baked beans and toast. You really can’t go wrong with curdy, buttery eggs, lots of springy mushrooms and nicely browned bacon. It was a total lunch-stealer; after eating this I couldn’t even think about a snack until well after 4pm.
The staff were attentive and friendly without overdoing cheery Sunday morning, which was much appreciated. The prices aren't the cheapest, but our meals were substantial. I’d like to return on another weekend for a leisurely lunch.
Darlington Estate Winery is around half an hour’s drive from the Perth CBD, located the in the village of Darlington in the Perth Hills. In winter, breakfast is available only on Sundays. Darlington Estate’s wines are available from the cellar door, online shop or on the wine list at lunch and dinner.
Darlington Estate Winery
1495 Nelson Road
Darlington WA 6070
Telephone: (08) 9299 6268