I love trying new brunch haunts. Discovering little hidden gems, devouring dishes I’ve seen on Instagram and relaxing mid-morning while munching away.
Needless to say, my list of places to dine at is pretty damn long. Sometimes I find myself at a place quickly, but others it takes time – and this was definitely the case for The Little Pantry in Subiaco.
Life has changed a lot for me lately, and it’s always great to distract, relax and recenter over food. So when my friend Bryony from Perth Eats suggested we catch up here, I was eager to finally try it out. She’s a regular here, and a big advocate for their truffle scrambled eggs. She was going to order them on this occasion, but after some gentle ribbing from me that truffles aren’t in season right now she agreed to try something else.
In the end Bryony chose the crispy skin salmon with crispy potatoes, seasonal greens, poached egg, capers, dill and spicy hollandaise ($22.00) after spying a picture of it online.
Sadly, when it hit the table – it didn’t look the same.
The salmon was definitely on the small side, overcooked on the thinner end but really nice on the thicker – it still had some of the rosy blush inside, the flesh pulling apart in pleats. The crispy potatoes were only a couple of cubes rather than a generous scattering.
But it was the sauce that really tipped it over the edge, the ratio was way off. There was just too much of it, so every bite was overridden by the spicy hollandaise. A real shame because this dish had so much potential. If they balanced it out, and considered swapping the spicy hollandaise to a standard version I think it would definitely hit the mark.
While the smashed avocado had my name all over it, I decided on the black rice pudding with roast pineapple, coconut cream, toasted coconut and puffed rice ($15.00).
The black rice still had a nice bite to it, and I really enjoyed the contrasting textures in the bowl – crunch, creamy, juicy. It was on the savoury side so it was only when I picked up scoops of pineapple that I got the sweetness I thought the dish needed. Bites without, weren’t quite as impressive. Still enjoyable, but definitely needed some sugar.
Since it was a relatively hot day, I chose this dish because I thought it would be ideal to enjoy while being tucked away in the corner of the cafe.
Normally I rejoice in outdoor seating, but on this day the respite inside was welcome – and meant we could avoid flies for the most part too. I was actually surprised by the size of The Little Pantry. It looks quite small and cosy initially, but there’s actually a whole section out the back which was teaming with diners when we were there.
This venue has a great reputation, and I’m glad I finally gave it a go. I do think that our meals on this occasion didn’t quite live up to the hype – so I would like to try it again to see if it was a once off or if it’s the standard.
Have you been to The Little Pantry? If so, what did you eat – and what did you think?