I remember back in the days when I first started really getting in to food, dining out in Leederville was a common occurrence. Feasting on tapas at Duende, clinking cocktails at Kitsch and tucking in to continental rolls at the Re Store… it was one of my go to destinations at that time.
Nowadays I live even closer to the suburb but it seems I don’t eat there as often. So when I get the chance to try a new joint (or return to an old favourite – I’m looking at you Ria), it’s nice to return to what was once a second home.
Shortlist on Oxford is, as the name would suggest, on Oxford Street – and is a new addition that has replaced what has been a bit of a revolving door for cafes in the spot next to San Churros. The new fit out is bright and airy, with pale green walls and wood furniture. The smell of coffee and sounds from the main drag provide some ambiance.
The menu is short and sharp, offering breakfast and lunch friendly dishes throughout the day from 7am. Both sweet and savoury crumpets join the offerings, as do some more adventurous items which is what my friend Chris and I gravitated towards.
Chris’s choice was the braised pork omelette with herb salad and pomegranate sambal, which I definitely’d had my eye on too. This is a more modern interpretation of an omelette which usually has the ingredients mixed in. Instead the piles of pork (and there was a lot) were folded in between, and coated in the sweetness of that sambal.
It had lovely flavour, and was different to your standard omelette or pulled pork that tend to grace breakfast menus.
I selected the black barley with kale, mushrooms and sweet corn puree plus a poached egg. To drink I enjoyed a cold press apple juice while Chris had a coffee that got his tick of approval.
My dish was full of things I love – basically me on a plate. I’m one of those weirdos who actually adores alfalfa sprouts so these were a good addition, though I know most of friends dislike them. And my added poached egg – it was runny, yolky and oh so satisfying. I love eggs.
The barley and mushroom combination was hearty and warming. Towards the end it was really salty – which is saying something given my heavy hand with seasoning. However when I could ensure having the corn in each bite it alleviated it, as the puree was sweet and bright.
All in all, Shortlist is a cute new addition to Leederville and a nice venue worth checking out. It’s great to see another place with Mr Drummond’s crumpets on hand which I think are just plain heavenly!