I find going out for breakfast or brunch always a great idea in theory but too often I am disappointed with the food. I guess it’s because my love for going out to eat is to experience food that I wouldn’t or couldn’t cook myself at home so the standard bacon and eggs just doesn’t do it for me, because that, I can do (and pretty well too). It also drives me a little crazy that you often can’t book and have to fight against everyone else with often large lines and waits at busy cafe’s and without my morning coffee and an empty stomach, this never bodes well. So with more cafe’s doing interesting things, serving up dishes outside the norm and all day brunch becoming more common, my interest in going out for breakfast (or brunch) has certainly been reignited.
Not really one to get up early on a weekend this particular morning was yet another late start and with a day in Freo on the cards the hunt was on for an all day breakfast or brunch spot. After a bit of googling and a look at my ever growing list, May Street Larder was the glaringly obvious choice with the promise of fried chicken and waffles calling my name.
The cafe was busy but still easy to get a table and for this I was grateful. Walking into May Street Larder there is such a nice feel to it, it may look out to a highway and a car park but the space is light and airy, lots of natural light and with neutral, beachy tones and wood textures it’s instantly relaxing. I love all the produce on display from the amazing cakes, pastries and freshly baked bread, to the jams, pickles, honey and preserves. Looking at the menu I wanted it all, which rarely happens for me, but everything sounded delicious and I was already getting food envy seeing plates emerge from the kitchen.
We decided to share so we could try two dishes and after some discussion could not go past the soul sandwich (fried chicken and waffles) and the garden green shakshouka. As we had already guzzled our morning coffee we decided to give the Nourish juice a go and it was really good, fresh, zingy and refreshing. Our dishes arrived and they both looked amazing and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I started with the shakshouka which arrived in the pan it was cooked in and came with a piece of warm sourdough bread. The pan of warming goodness was so inviting and smelled divine. The kale, coriander, slow roasted tomato, eggs, feta and dukkah was the perfect winter dish to warm the soul. Plenty of sauce to be mopped up with the bread and all the flavours just worked, this was a winner.
Half way through it was time to swap and my time had come with the soul sandwich. Polenta waffle, buttermilk fried chicken, avocado, smoked sour cream, chilli maple syrup and jalapeños. OMG this was incredible. I thought perhaps this dish could be too full on and we wouldn’t be able to finish it but this was not the case. The chicken was soft and tender with a crispy coating, the waffles were light and fluffy, the sour cream and avocado complimented it perfectly and that sweet and spicy maple, well, YUM. Pretty sure I’ve mentioned I’m not good with chilli so the jalapeños went to the side but I actually enjoyed the little kick of chilli in the maple, it worked well to balance the sweetness without being overpowering.
I was so impressed with both our dishes and I dare say everything else on the menu is also amazing. Everything is packed full of flavour but also really well balanced. It’s been a while since I’ve been out for breakfast or brunch and actually finished a whole plate of food, everything on the plate had a purpose. I couldn’t really fault anything about my experience at May Street Larder and can’t wait to get back there to try something else on the menu. It’s a dining experience worth getting out of bed for!