Finding time with my partner Jeremy isn’t as easy as it might seem to be. Sure, we own a house and live together, raise our little puppy (who’s not really a puppy anymore) Hugo together, but our conflicting work schedules mean quality time out and about can be a rarity when the stars don’t align.
I work in marketing Monday to Friday, he’s a paramedic on shift work. So when we do find days or nights that we’re both free, we make the most of it. Whether it’s a meal or movie out of the house, or staying in to cook, it’s always time to treasure.
At the end of 2016 we found ourselves both with a day off, so headed out for some shopping and a spontaneous lunch. At Jeremy’s choice, we decided to try MOP Donuts in Leederville which I didn’t even realise made savoury food as well as sweet. I have to admit, it didn’t quite appeal to me after seeing pictures of their freakshakes (note: I hate freakshakes and other over the top instagram fad foods – it should be about quality, produce and supporting local) but I was willing to give it a try.
Arriving just after 12pm, the venue was quiet but soon filled up after we ordered and took a seat outside. It’s situated next to The Meatball Bar and Pinchos, and operates 24/7 which has proven to be a popular lure for all the sweet tooth foodies out there – especially because some of their donut offerings are liquor infused.
Choosing to skip the sugary treats on this occasion, we went straight to their brioche donut burgers. For Jeremy, he selected the black angus burger with triple cheese, whisky infused pickles, lettuce, tomato and MOP special sauce ($18.00).
I really liked his burger. While the bun was slightly too sweet for me (I guess that’s to be expected for a donut burger), the beef was well seasoned and cooked; the cheese melting and delicious. It was a really solid offering.
I chose the southern fried buttermilk chicken burger with white rum infused grilled pineapple, maple bacon, Reece’s peanut butter cream cheese, chilli jam and slaw ($18.00).
In theory I thought this would be great. The reality was it didn’t hit the mark sadly. There was just too much going on, and it was complicated in it’s flavour combinations. The chicken itself was juicy and crunchy, which is a big tick. But the peanut butter cream cheese was a bit claggy, and competed with the rum pineapple.
All in all, it was a bit saccharine hit and left me feeling a bit confused by the approach. Such a shame considering the pleasing angus version that Jeremy had ordered.
We finished off our meal with a share of the waffle fries ($5.00). I really like how these look, they’re a nice variation on your standard. The taste was a big tick, and even better was the plentiful scattering of salt on top. I would have liked to see a sauce accompaniment, even if it was just ketchup in share bottles to squeeze onto the side.
So while our lunch at MOP Donuts was a bit hit and miss, all in all it was great (as always) to find time with my boy and soak in some summer sunshine. I’m still keen to go back and try their sweet donuts, which I think will probably be more suited to my tastes than the donut burgers we ate on this trip. And if I were to go back for savoury, the fried chicken is definitely off the cards: it will be all about the angus and that melty cheese.