I really love Fremantle. It’s a beautiful area steeped in its own unique culture and with some pretty great food and drink worth visiting for. When I was a kid my dad used to take me there most weekends to walk through the markets, the maritime museum and of course to keep him company while he sipped on a brew at the good old Sail and Anchor.
On a hot Saturday recently I was invited by Detail Marketing Communications to head back to my old haunt to try the new brunch menu at High Street’s Hush Specialty Coffee. Considering brunch is my favourite blogging meal of the day I was excited to check it out.
Situated inside a recently heritage listed building, Hush ticks the boxes for aesthetics: exposed brick, original timber floors and beams of natural light filtering in. There’s a mezzanine level which was added in the 70s and provides additional seating for what is essentially quite a cosy venue.
The main focus is coffee. Roasted by Five Senses who purchase via direct trade with farmers, owner Dan Leppard likes to showcase blends in multiple ways like cold drip, single batch and espresso. He feels like it offers his customers variety and points of comparison.
We tried the cold drip with tonic and lime. Considering I’m not a coffee drinker, this went down quite easy and was a welcome respite from the searing 38 degrees outside.
The brunch menu has been crafted around Dan’s style of cooking. Simple, fresh and based on seasonal produce that is available. The kitchen is pretty pint-sized so keeping the items limited definitely is a smart way to play it. And there’s always plenty of bagels and baked goods for those in a hurry.
Unsurprisingly with the weather being so hot, the popular choice around the table of bloggers and foodies was the raw broccoli salad with kale, avocado, fresh chilli, buckwheat kernels, seeds and nuts, fresh herbs and two poached eggs ($16.50). I stole a bite from one of the others and was pleased by the generous serving size, and fresh flavours. Really vibrant and textural.
Other choices around the table were the brioche French toast with rhubarb curd, caramel poached peach, vanilla marscapone and pistachio praline ($17.50), and the deep fried chicken with American cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickled chilli, mayo and chipotle on an organic loafers bun with a side of tobasco onions ($16.00). Both were given positive reviews.
Bucking the trend I decided on the yoghurt pannacotta with house made granola, cacao, chia and buckwheat, fresh and dehydrated seasonal fruits, passionfruit and raspberry jelly ($16.50).
While breakfast have been a bit over played on Perth menus in the last couple of years, this one really stood out – and I have eaten my fair share! The yoghurt provided both creaminess and tang, while the house made granola was crisp and diverse in its offering. I didn’t see the raspberry jelly the menu promised but was treated to some meringue shards which delighted me to no end.
A really fresh and tasty dish that helped me cool downing this hot day. I can see after this trip why Hush is such a popular joint in our Port City: I’ll definitely be back. And for the coffee drinkers out there, I heard great things (but couldn’t begin to judge it since I don’t really drink it).