My family got together to celebrate my mum’s birthday with breakfast last Sunday at The Boatshed restaurant (Coode St Jetty, Coode St, South Perth). Here are some of the breakfasts devoured at our table:
Juji’s traditional breakfast (AU$23.50): sausages, bacon, tomato, ciabatta toast, hash browns and two eggs, scrambled.
My brother’s traditional breakfast: sausages, bacon, tomato, ciabatta toast, hash browns and two eggs, fried. Unfortunately, one of his eggs was completely overcooked, with a pockmarked, rubbery texture, over-browned edges and underside, and a shrivelled, dried crater that used to be an egg yolk. If I was a chef and had any sense of pride in my work, I wouldn’t have served that egg; I’d have started over. I mean, you may think you can hide the burst egg yolk on the uglier egg (made ugly by you!) by placing the other more beautiful egg on top of it (and even then, I’m not sure about the bubbling on the top egg yolk either), but you’re only kidding yourself. Just compare the two eggs in the photo! We’re not even the person who ate the eggs and we can plainly see how overcooked that second egg is!
Jac had the eggs Benedict (AU$23.50). Unfortunately, her eggs were also overcooked, with hard, powdery yolks. Someone wasn’t doing too well cooking eggs that morning.
The vegetarian breakfast (AU$21.50): scrambled eggs with fetta and chives, mushroom, spinach, tomato, hash brown and ciabatta toast.
I had the vegetarian breakfast – having had two big breakfasts featuring traditional fry-up fare the weekend before (see my recent Weekend at the Hyatt posts), I was a little baconed out. I thought about ordering the pancakes (AU$19.50), but they sounded a little over the top from the menu’s description: “Coconut pancakes draped with strawberry maple syrup, caramelised banana and double cream, finished with toasted coconut”. Thankfully, I had better luck with the scrambled eggs than the others did with the fried and poached varieties. The scrambled eggs were very creamy; the fetta added saltiness, but thankfully not too much. The finely chopped chives very very tasty. The triangular hash browns were ultra-crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside; they were my favourite items on the plate. I really enjoyed the spinach – I should eat more spinach at breakfast time. The mushroom was large, wonderfully carvable and juicy – I donated some to my niece Ruby, who is almost one year old and loves her food. She’s
going to be already a voracious eater like her Auntie TFP ;-).
Here she is!
The menu states: “Please understand that there can be no variations to the menu on the busy weekends”. Fair enough – their restaurant, their choice. But if you could order extra items on the side, I’d have ordered the traditional breakfast with mushroom and spinach, and Jac would’ve ordered the vegetarian breakfast with bacon. Slightly more content customers, extra revenue for the restaurant. Not a big deal, just my thoughts.