Last week, I met up with my cousin (who was in town from Singapore) for brunch at the new Gordon St. Garage.
I’ve read so many positive reviews about this place, I thought it was a good opportunity to check it out with her.
The cafe used to be a car workshop, tucked away in the quite end of West Perth.
From the outside, it looked pretty unassuming, boring and plain.
But taking a step inside, and we were greeted with an eclectic mix of retro furniture, recycled materials, funky bits and pieces, vintage this and that.
It had a very cool and relaxed atmosphere. I liked it immediately!
The space was very large. There was lots of natural light. Lots of elbow room. And lots of seating.
We arrived at 10am. It wasn’t busy or noisy. The waitstaff were friendly, but looked quite confused when I asked permission to take photos.
(Maybe because no one asks permission anymore?)
I liked that the fruit crates were just lined up in the middle of cafe… and I could take a peek at the produce.
Gordon St Garage make their own blend of coffee, roasted and ground on site. The place smelt amazing. And I was keen to try it out.
This is my short, soy flat white ($4).
The crema didn’t look fabulous, but it tasted lovely.
I ordered the house smoked salmon, potato and zucchini hash brown, spinach, poached egg and béarnaise ($21).
I was a little underwhelmed with the portion and the spinach looked a little over cooked. And for a moment I thought they served up a block of fried tofu? Nope, it was the hash brown.
But it tasted fantastic!
The salmon was juicy and succulent, the eggs were poached perfectly, the béranaise sauce was lovely, and all the flavours exploded happily in my mouth.
I was very satisfied.
My cousin ordered the sweetcorn fritters, chunky guacamole and feta ($17).
The chunky guacamole and salsa was delicious. It had a fresh, tasty zing to it. The fritters were nice to balance the sharpness of the guacamole, salsa and feta.
But perhaps the feta was too over-powering? Or maybe I shouldn’t have scooped everything into my mouth all at once??
Haha I’m such a pig. Get in mah belleh!
Sticky date pudding with icecream ($14)
My cousin and I shared the pudding. She must’ve been so kind (or sneakily trying to watch her waist), because I think I ate most of it!
Again, it looked a bit underwhelming. It looked dry (and like another piece of tofu?).
But soaked with the caramel sauce and the ice cream… it was gooorgeous! It topped off the light brunch and coffees very nicely.
I wouldn’t say it was worth the money though. $14 for such a small piece of cake is a wee bit steep.
Overall… I adored the interior, the atmosphere and the vibe. Coffee is great. Food was nice. Service was good. A bit pricey, but I’ll definitely be returning.
I think next time, I would like to come again for lunch and try something a bit *heavier* from the menu!
Gordon St. Garage
16 Gordon St
West Perth, WA
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday
Mon – Sun 7am – late