Long before my time, Gordon Street Garage was actually a garage which a friend used to visit. Now he has no garage to go to because it is now a trendy brunch venue; well that’s incorrect because they do lunch and dinners too. I’ve read many reviews which were mixed but I thought I should find out for myself.
Parking was easy to find – I parked along Murray Street. At 11 am, the wait for a table was 20 minutes. It wasn’t as bad as I had expected but perhaps the hype has died down a little. The place itself is gorgeous. Liann, who is from Melbourne, thought it felt very Melbournian. I said yeah, Perth is trying to be Melbourne now….
Don’t you just love the rustic, garage-y feel of the place? There is a novelty about it. Even the water jugs are old school. Here is my beautiful model of the meal with that cute water jug.
The coffee was fantastic. I don’t think its just about the coffee beans being Mano Mano. The temperature was right, the milk was foamed just right and I also love the teal cups and saucers!
Liann ordered the Hot smoked salmon, corn, cucumber, sour cream & focaccia ($18) which was highly recommended by waitress. I tried some of the smoked salmon and thought it was really good. The dressing was really rich and creamy. As we neared the end of the meal, I realised the dish was supposed to have corn in it. I looked at the menu to confirm it and asked the waitress about it. She said ‘ Oh no! You should have told me early on! I’m so sorry…’ and shrugged it off. That’s it. No explanations whatsoever. I am guessing the kitchen is poorly organised – and perhaps there should be a ‘tick off’ system so no ingredients would be left out!
What a shame because Liann mentioned the corn would have offset the saltiness that had started to really set in. The grill toasted foccacia was really tasty and moorish. Liann felt there wasn’t enough bread… perhaps to offset the saltiness which would have been diminished had the corn been added!! So there, that was the best Gordon Street Garage could offer. How sad because all the other ingredients were so fresh and good! Truly wasted potential.
Sarah and I had the Vegetarian breakfast ($22) except she had poached eggs whereas I had the fried eggs. I really wanted the pork chipolatas from The Garage Breakfast ($24) but thought it was too meaty for me at that point.
Unfortunately I could not eat the fetta (I am being cautious w Prince in my pocket) so I gave it all to Liann. I liked my breakfast overall – I thought it tasted very healthy and wholesome. Sarah thought the sautéed potatoes and avocado needed a bit more seasoning/flavour – and I could see where she was coming from. Our views are not contradictory – most wholesome things are boring. Like Katie Holmes pre Tom Cruise.
On the plus side, the poached eggs were perfectly done. The sautéed mushrooms with garlic were also very yummy. There were no fireworks of flavour but it was good produce.
Unfortunately, we had no space for dessert. Well, I did but didn’t want to look like a greedy pig. So I skipped it. I’ll be back for dessert! I hear its really good.
Overall, I expected a more exciting breakfast menu so I was a little disappointed in that area. However, the atmosphere is lovely, the coffee is wonderful and if you’re into good old fashioned brekkies, this place will hit the spot. Mother’s Day is coming up; Gordon Street Garage could also be a great place to take your mom!