There’s no doubt about it: brunch is my favourite meal of the day (unless it’s a meal that involves duck parfait, beef tartare or gnocchi). These days I don’t get out as much as I’d like to to try new places, so when restaurants and cafes reach out to me directly to come in it definitely helps give me a nudge to head out to a new place instead of my regular haunts.
This was recently the case with 1982 Food and Coffee (also known as 1982 Espresso) in Subiaco, who invited me to come in with a friend and try their food out. It was a hot morning, but we were happy to dig in and seek refuge in the air conditioned interior.
The menu here has something for everyone – the usual suspects but with Asian pops of flavour injected in between.
My dining companion for the meal had been before and tried a few different dishes, but wanted to go for something else this time. Her choice was the kimchi fried rice with pork katsu, mayonnaise, cheesy omelette and black sesame ($18.50). She washed it down with a morning glory vegan smoothie ($9.00) which had espresso, raw cacao, banana, almond milk, and was topped with chia and coconut.
When it came out to the table, the kimchi rice was HUGE. They definitely don’t skimp on serving sizes here, which is a great thing to see. It had a bags of flavour, with ribbons of fermented cabbage threaded throughout. I thought the omelette was really good, the egg was soft and just cooked, with the right amount of cheesiness to make it interesting.
While I wanted the yoghurt bowl with thyme pannacotta on that occasion, it was unfortunately sold out.
So instead I decided on the chilli scrambled egg with toast, chorizo, tomato n gochujang, shredded chilli, green oil and sour cream. An interesting sounding concoction, but it was something they suggested so I figured why not! Definitely out of my comfort zone, but that can be a really good thing.
I opted for a banana with peanut butter shake ($6.00) to accompany my meal. The drink was deliciously satisfying, though as usual whenever I have a milkshake, it filled me to the brim on its own making it difficult to finish my meal.
My scrambled eggs were atop of the chilli sauce and slices. It wasn’t ridiculously spicy, but had a slight kick which was good to see given the namesake of the dish. I thought the inclusion of sour cream was clever as it provided relief for any hot bites, so those who can’t handle chilli will still be able to dine on this happily.
I did feel like it needed a touch of freshness added in, but that might be because of the combination of my food and drink, rather than a pitfall of the dish itself. In the end I had to abandon my eating attempts as I got too full!
1982 used to be in Perth CBD, but their move to Subiaco has seen them take residence in a shop that I’ve seen have regular owner rotation. It made for an easy commute and parking, before settling in to dine away and take our time.
Now that I’ve seen snaps of that pannacotta, and tried their menu for myself, I need to make a return to get my fix. After all, I love pannacotta! It’s on my wishlist, which means I will be back.