When Julio’s and the new Sage Hotel opened in July, I was really disappointed to miss out on the opening celebrations (though it was on my birthday and I was happy spending the night at Wildflower with Jeremy). So when a Yelp Elite breakfast was scheduled in there, I was excited to make up for the lost opportunity.
Starting at 10am, it was a good way to ease into a Saturday, and the West Perth area was actually relatively quiet when I arrived.
Set up inside, the room had distressed white-wash walls, an old fireplace and beams of sunlight dancing in through the windows. The table was beautifully decorated with fresh blooms, and I was quick to eye the plates of fruit just begging to be eaten.
Perth’s Yelp Community Manager is one of my girlfriends Andjelka, and it was great to get along to an event to support her finally. And breakfast is my favourite meal of the day – so that was an extra bonus! We soon found out we were in for a treat, with three different courses to enjoy, plus some delicious citrus and cucumber breakfast mocktails which went down a real treat.
Our first dish to try was a sample of the chef’s best muesli (normally $14.00) with homemade granola, berries, coconut, almonds, chocolate and greek yoghurt. It was sweet and crunchy, with the yoghurt bringing in a slight sourness to each bite. A cute little pot that had my appetite ready to go.
With the fruit on the table a delicious fresh second course, we were all settling in and meeting fellow Yelpers, and talking all things Perth, food and beyond.
Instead of having a set menu for the third course, we were invited to choose from a selection of a few of Julio’s most popular breakfast dishes.
Those sitting around me indulged in items like the breakfast bruschetta ($16.00) which comes with avocado, sourdough, tomatoes, basil and poached eggs, the eggs calabrese ($18.00) which is scrambled eggs, feta, salami, peperonata, red onion, ciabatta and rocket, and the ingordo ($19.00) – Italian toast with banana, caramelised bacon and hazelnut praline semifreddo.
While the latter sounded tempting, I’m more of a savoury breakfast kinda girl than sweet… so I picked the eggs al forno ($18.00). It came to the table in a cast iron pan with two baked eggs, spinach, borlotti beans and pecorino, with smoked pancetta and sourdough on the side.
It was a popular dish around the table, and it smelled amazing! Sadly the eggs were completely cooked through which was a downfall for me as I’m all about gooey yolks… but the flavour of the dish was solid, and the beans offered a meatiness to the overall taste.
I thought the crisp pancetta was an excellent addition, and perfect with the griddle marked sourdough toast. Had my yolks been runny I would have been excitedly swishing my toast through the golden river of goodness. Maybe next time!
After all that food it’s pretty obvious to say I was full to the brim. Sated by conversation and grub – a wonderful way to start my weekend and try someplace new.