There’s something really wonderful about having great friends at work. We spend so much time with our colleagues, and so having a group you can laugh and pass time with makes work so much more enjoyable. And I’m lucky enough to have work friends who love food as much as I do, so we recently decided to kick start our morning with a visit to Pearth Organic Kitchen in Leederville before tackling the day.
We arrived at 7.30am and the weather outside was already starting to heat up (am I the only one who is missing winter a little?), with bright sunlight streaming in through the open windows. The space is quite beautiful, with a Scandinavian influence in the simplistic decor, and a cabinet full of fresh eats and drinks, including the Juicist cold-pressed juices and Kommunity Brew kombucha.
A notable trend I’m seeing sweep Perth at the moment is cold drip coffee, which is made by slowly dripping cold, filtered water through lightly roasted ground coffee overnight (say around 8-10 hours) using a cold drip system. I’m told that the result is a full flavoured coffee without the acidic oils that can be found in coffee extracted at higher temperatures.
At Pearth, they serve their cold drip coffee with a side of tonic water ($5.00) to mix in. I’m not a coffee drinker, but the consensus around the table was that it was surprisingly delicious to those who hadn’t tried it before.
While we could have lazed around all morning, since we had work after our outing, we moved quickly to order. Chris chose the beany bowl – shakshuka with beans, pesto and crunchy sourdough ($19.00) to which he added a poached egg ($3.00) and nitrate free bacon ($6.00).
The presentation looked great – I really like their lined boards with the stamped paper and the smells that were wafting over from the beans. He told us that while it was enjoyable, the dish lacked the deep flavours a traditional shakshuka possesses, though the pesto was punchy and a nice touch. I thought that the bacon was quite expensive, which is something that seems to be the case for nitrate free pork – I’ve seen similar pricing at places like Solomons but feel that it is quite steep for those who don’t necessarily order it because of the nitrate free aspect, they just want some protein.
Lauren ordered the acai smoothie bowl ($17.50) which is made with acai, berries, banana, cacao and almond milk, and served with fruit and house-made granola. I just love the bowl it came out in! It was a more expensive dish than other acai bowls I’ve seen on menus, but it was quite a decent size serving and the flavours really hit the mark.
The fruits on the side seem to vary by what I can see on instagram. On this occasion it was watermelon and mango, both of which are in season right now and so ridiculously sweet. The granola on top was crunchy and was interspersed with pumpkin seeds for added crunch and texture.
Both Mel and Andrea were drawn to the sourdough with avocado, hummus, lemon and pumpkin seeds ($12.00) with an added poached egg ($3.00). A slightly expensive price considering it was just the single piece of bread, but it looked really great and there was a generous mound of smashed avocado on top which pleased us all considerably. Too often I see restaurants provide just a bare sliver of avocado whereas I am firmly in the camp of ‘the more the merrier’.
The poached egg on each plate were both cooked perfectly, offering the ideal yolk porn shot as the rich orange liquid spread out onto the plate like a sauce. The hummus was garlicky and creamy, and the sprinkling of seeds brought some great texture to each bite. This was definitely a great dish.
Given my absolute obsession with all things peanuts and peanut butter, the nutter smoothie bowl ($17.50) was the natural choice for me at breakfast that morning. It also felt like a nice cool summery option that wouldn’t be too heavy with it’s concoction of peanut butter, dates, banana and coconut milk.
It was so chocked full of peanut butter flavour! Icy-cold and so refreshing, it was delicious in every bite – especially when you took in bites of the granola, toasted seeds and coconut. It was actually a deceptively big serving, and filled me to the brim before we shot off quickly to work after eating.
This was our first official breakfast club outing before work, and something we’re all really keen to do more in the future. And while the prices at Pearth are on the higher end of things (there was also a lot of staff working considering how small they are!), for the most part the breakfast was really enjoyable and just the thing we needed to fuel our minds and bodies before taking on the working day and the challenges thrown our way.