Chinta is a pretty well known name to the diners of Perth. After forging a fierce reputation during their tenure in Scarborough, they’ve recently relocated to North Perth to a larger space that showcases their ode to Bali life and culture.
Since leaving my old workplace, I’ve settled in to my new job with ease – but I really miss the good friends I’d made over the years there. So we’ve been catching up for breakfast every couple of weeks, and the latest outing was to Chinta – which conveniently is just around the corner from work.
While the decor is definitely Bali, the food is a bit of everything and the five of us there were all tempted by something different on offer.
For the boys it was the chorizo eggs ($24.00) with baked chorizo, capsicum, spinach, char-grilled ciabatta, poached eggs and avocado and the vegan bruschetta ($22.00) with dressed rocket, smashed avocado, grilled asparagus, mushroom, tomato salsa, verde, beetroot and sourdough, plus a poached egg ($4.00).
The chorizo eggs looked particularly delicious, with a hearty sauce that the eggs soaked up happily. While poached is normally the go, they decided to swap it to scrambled as their personal preference.
For the other girls there, they chose the eastern omelette ($24.00) with Chinese style pulled beef, pickled mushroom and salad, and the scrambled eggs on toast ($12.00) with avocado ($4.00) and crispy bacon ($5.00).
I loved the look of both these dishes – the generosity of that omelette and the pleasing shattering nature of that bacon. Crispy bacon is definitely life. Though if it were my dish I’d have preferred the toast came buttered before the sides were piled on top instead of butter on the side.
For my breakfast I decided to take a trip down memory lane and indulge in some hollandaise with the French benedict ($24.00). Instead of your usual english muffin, this was made with a croissant that had brie, spinach, smoked bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise.
I asked for the bacon to be swapped for crispy bacon instead, but I might not have been clear enough as they brought out the thick slab bacon still – just a little more cooked than normal. Still nice, but I like my bacon a particular way.
The hollandaise was great. Buttery, rich and decadent – the perfect accompaniment to those eggs which were oozy and gooey. It was a full on dish, but a good winter warmer to wake me up and enjoy with friends.
There’s a reason why Chinta has become a popular dining destination for locals – and I’m glad I finally got to see that for myself. It’s warm, welcoming and for those who love homewares, there’s a retail section at the back you might want to explore.