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Acai Bowls, Asian Inspired And Australian Natives: Where To Find Perth’s Best Brunches

Put down the avocado toast and pick up something much tastier.

Not all brunches are created equal, and very few are worth sacrificing your Sunday for. Perth’s best brunches go way further than coffee and eggs, offering up exciting innovative fare alongside classic favourites.

Avocado on toast and a flat white will always hold a hallowed place in every Perth resident’s heart, but when you want to pump things up a little, these are the heavy hitters of our city’s brunch scene.

Bib and Tucker

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Brunch time. Photo: Bib and Tucker

The only thing better than brunch with a side of bacon is brunch with a side of ocean views. Conveniently, Leighton Beach’s Bib and Tucker offers both.

Over the summer, Bib and Tucker is a no-brainer. For those who like to kick their weekend off in style, a ‘Lady Marmalade’ breakfast cocktail, breakfast pizza, and unparalleled views out over the Indian Ocean is a pretty good place to start. A swim is obviously the best place to finish.

Celebrated for their dinner menu brimming with fresh WA produce, a Bib and Tucker brunch is much of the same ilk. You can’t get more local than honey that is harvested from the beehives on their own rooftop. Drizzled over wholegrain porridge with roasted pear, or simply spread on some toast, their unique beach honey is the epitome of local produce.

18 Leighton Beach Blvd, North Fremantle 

Stable Hands

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Breakfast at Stable Hands. Photo: Facebook

The menu at Stable Hands carefully toes the line between breakfast and lunch. Take their pork hock, crispy potato and kalettes, for example. Part hash brown and part hearty Sunday lunch, this is just one of the dishes challenging the idea of traditional breakfast food.

Stable Hands is as unique as they come in Perth. This café is all about local, Indigenous produce, highlighting ingredients native to Australia. Eggs and toast may be available, but the team at Stable Hands have built one of the most interesting, inventive and important brunch menus in Perth. Think touches of finger lime, wattleseed or native greens, and crushed avo dusted with saltbush dukkah.

8 Bannister Street, Fremantle 

Pixel Coffee Brewers

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Coconut chia with fruit and almond bliss ball shells from Pixel Coffee Brewers. Photo: Facebook

Brunch at Pixel‘s small but bright space – peppered with mint green tiles, floral bouquets and wooden table tops – truly is Instagram fodder.

Striking the perfect balance between decadent and wholesome, Pixel’s brunch menu is a mix of old and new favourites, all put together with expert precision. French toast, avocado smash and a classic breakfast plate (bacon and eggs) serve the punters looking for familiarity, while the acai and various Buddha bowls offer something a little more wholesome.

2/226 Oxford St, Leederville

Mary Street Bakery

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Kingfish curry from Mary Street Bakery. Photo: Facebook

Mary Street Bakery brunches are a Perth institution. In fact, they are so loved that Mary Street have expanded from just one Mt Lawley store, to a total of four inner city locations.

Not just a pit stop for their decadent salted caramel doughnuts and coffee, Mary Street’s exciting brunch menu is built on quality classics, with an array of tantalising Asian inspired dishes tailored to each location. The egg and soldiers have always been a hit for nostalgia’s sake, but their kingfish turmeric-coconut curry and prawn omelet with nam jim dressing are making waves for pushing the boundaries of brunch. If your Sunday is starting off a little rugged, you can’t go past the buttermilk fried chicken pancakes to soak up Saturday night’s overindulgence (available at all four stores).

Various locations in Highgate, West Leederville and city

Flora and Fauna

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Banana cake with fresh fruit at Flora and Fauna. Photo: Facebook

It may be small, but what Flora and Fauna lacks in size, it makes up for in sheer volume of delicious gluten free, paleo and vegan food. Many have an aversion to cafes catering for vegans, vegetarians and the intolerant, but Flora and Fauna dishes up some of the best (and prettiest) breakfasts in this arena.

Flora and Fauna don’t make a joke of portion sizes. Their sizable serves of rich, dense banana cake come with a generous side of fresh seasonal fruit – often including the likes of passionfruit, fig, raspberry and star fruit – edible flowers and your choice of sauce. It also comes sans gluten and refined sugar, and ticks the paleo and vegan boxes too.

Everything on the menu comes with an enormous side of fruit or salad, but not everything is vegan or sugar-free. Their Canadian style French toast is the one sugar-laced dish that managed to slip through.

4/70 Aberdeen St, Northbridge

May Street Larder

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Brunch at May Street Larder. Photo: Facebook

Three sweet words –  all day breakfast- hold the keys to a bruncher’s heart. Just ask May Street Larder. Headed up by the same team at Bib and Tucker, it is no surprise the breakfast menu at May Street Larder is yet another winner.

A healthy mix between comfort food and whole foods, the Fremantle café has all corners of the market covered. Although initially famed for their polenta waffle and buttermilk fried chicken ‘soul sandwich’, their Cocowhip and sizeable gluten free and vegan menus gained similar notoriety within the health-conscious community. As their namesake alludes, pickles and ferments are also a specialty, with homemade kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut and dill pickles dotted throughout the menu.

23/155 Canning Hwy, East Fremantle 

(Lead image: Brunch at May Street Larder. Photo: Facebook)

Published 30 August, 2017