After perusing the menu we go up to the counter to order and pay, which is the normal process for breakfast in Perth these days. I actually prefer this than waiting for a waiter to come to you at the start and at the end when you’re finished and want to leave. It streamlines the whole process and suits the in and out rush of weekend morning dining given the high turnover for most places.
By this time there’s a couple people waiting for tables, but it seems everyone moves on quite quickly here – we’ve found a rare occurrence of awareness and people actually not being selfish in hogging tables for hours after they’ve cleaned their plates.
First to come out is our freshly squeezed orange juices ($6.50 each) which might be on the steep side of pricing but boy do they look amazing and are double the size of the one I had at Typika for around the same price. The drinks are frothy and light, the juice sweet and just the right hint of sourness. For this juice junky it’s all kinds of good and manages to last for the entire meal which means it’s just the right size!
For my dish I wanted to try something different and after a bit of debate with my boy, he helps me decide on the quinoa, mushroom, red onion, peas, chorizo and slow cooked eggs dish ($17.00). I have to admit I was both excited and a little worried because it was definitely some diverse flavours going on in this! But I had a good feeling.
I shouldn’t have worried at all because honestly this is one of the most exciting dishes I’ve had in ages! The tiny slivers of chorizo are meaty, lightly spiced and extremely tasty, working well with the quinoa which just soaks in all the oils to become grains of flavour. The peas are cooked so that they still have a little bite which is how I enjoy eating them. The standout though is the nori flakes which have that real umami taste, elevating all the ingredients and creating something very memorable.
The slow cooked eggs are gorgeous. Wobbly, slowly oozy and vividly orange inside. The yolk and partially solid white acts like a sauce for the other ingredients which is really vital as without it, it does feel like there’s a liquid element missing. I love poached eggs, and even more so, slow cooked eggs. There’s something very, very satisfying about yolk porn that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of!
What a great breakfast! My boy and I really enjoyed our visit to Smuggled Seeds and the delicious dishes we tried. It was great to see some flavours that you don’t usually find on traditional brekkie menus, and to branch out from our normal haunts. I want to rave about this more but a selfish part of me wants to hold back… I don’t want to return to find long lines next time!
In terms of their menu, I definitely suggest trying their special dishes only available on Saturdays and Sundays. While I’m sure that their famous guacamole on toast is yummy, I’d much rather chase the oriental flavours that made an impact on my tastebuds and definitely cemented Smuggled Seeds as a place to watch.