I’m a north of the river girl. Born, raised and migrated only a few suburbs away from my parent’s place to Innaloo… north is in my blood. And I love exploring cafes and eateries near our home, enjoying the local delights and culinary surprises around each corner. Cue Doric St Cafe and Kitchen in Scarborough.
Just a stone’s throw away from my house, it boasts an impressive owner and chef combo in the form of Dan Murphy (ex Cimbalino and Yabba Dabba) and James Park (ex Wildflower and Rockpool). Their vision of a Korean influenced cafe has come to fruition with the likes of asian inspired ramen, bibimbap and bao, but there’s also some more familiar brekky items too adorning the pages.
I was recently invited to head in one morning before work, so I arrived bright and early at 7am with my friend Chris (another local) to keep me company.
The menu is extensive, and there’s definitely something for everyone. We dove into digesting what was on offer, musing over potential dishes and drinks before finally placing our orders.
Because it was already shaping up to be a hot one, juices ($8.00 each) were on the agenda. For me, the passion halo (passionfruit, orange, pineapple and watermelon) and for Chris, the watermelon passion (watermelon, strawberry and apple).
His breakfast choice was the chorizo eggs ($19.00) – spanish chorizo, capsicum, spinach, avocado and poached egg with toasted ciabatta. Texturally on point, it hit all the highs of flavour while showcasing the fresh ingredients used.
The egg was poached properly, offering a silky river of yolk as it popped open. Is there anything more satisfying? I’m firmly in the belief there isn’t.
I immediately had eyes for the Doric St granola ($15.00) – house baked granola, mango pannacotta, seasoned berries, coconut yoghurt and julienned apple. It was excellent. Purely and simply excellent.
The granola was crunchy and toasted, with nuts and seeds and all kinds of tasty things included. The coyo was a nice addition, offering a new flavour profile and also a creamy texture without being heavy. And the mango pannacotta was definitely a wobbly one so that was a big tick too!
I was pretty full eating this dish but I gobbled up every last bite. It really was so yummy and something I’ll happily return to eat again in the future. Big thanks to Doric St for having us and showing us these dishes on their menu.