It’s slightly off the Vic Park beaten track, but newcomer Hampton & Maley has opened with more fanfare than most cafes tend to attract. And it’s no wonder considering it’s the brainchild of Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy formerly of Perth’s most iconic and revered fine diner, Restaurant Amuse. When the East Perth powerhouse closed its doors last year it broke many foodie hearts, but soon enough whispers emerged that a new cafe was coming – and so we waited. With baited breath, yes, but eventually the time came. And it was definitely worth the wait.
The decor is reminiscent of their former hub, with the chairs and crockery catching my eye straight away. But while there’s some strings that tie Hampton & Maley to Amuse, the rest of the offering is quite different. Sure, there’s still a strongly defined dedication to local and seasonal produce, and of course that beautiful house whipped smoked butter that we all know and love so much.
I’ve been making my way down the menu… and each dish has been delightful. Simple, impactful and nothing short of what I expected from the Troys. I’m looking forward to heading back again and again.
French toast with strawberries and vanilla ricotta ($14.50)
Jasmine rice cream topped with fresh fruit, sorbet, seeds, grains and nuts ($17.00)
Soft eggs with mushroom and coriander seed butter, ricotta, crispy chicken skins and bread ($21.00)
White anchovies with jamon, fried egg, capsicum and manchego on toast ($22.00)
Blue swimmer crab omelette with herbs, spices and sourdough ($23.00)
Cured salmon with roast beetroot, whipped goats feta, pine nuts and dill ($24.00)
Chicken liver parfait with pear, cornichons, pickled carrots and radish on sourdough ($12.00)
Lamb sausage with chickpeas, babaganoush, egg, pomegranate, spiced nuts and sourdough ($20.00)