Saturday morning wouldn’t be the same without heading out to breakfast with the husband. This morning, we headed out and down the road to The Beaufort St Merchant.
The Beaufort Street Merchant opened its café since 2006 and that has been the talk of the town in the Mount Lawley area for some time.
Having known it only as a grocery and liquor store in the past, it has now been revamped and added to its former glory, going all out to give its customers an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere, sit back and relax on Beaufort Street.
What started as a trendy little gourmet goods retailer has since become a larger scale food and wine lovers’ dream.
While this Highgate haunt is still a great place to buy a rare cheese or fine wine, The Beaufort Street Merchant thrives on its newfound status as a tres chic brasserie, along with a kitchenware and bookshop across the road and corporate delivery and gift hamper making services.
Given its extended opening hours, this eatery accommodates lazy latte-sippers on the lounges, boisterous breakfasters at the large wooden tables, and avid lunch and dinner regulars alike. The vibe might be casual, but the effort put it into the modern Australian menu is definitely considerable.
I’ll start with this comment, good food, crappy service! We started with a couple of hot drinks, hot chocolate and a coffee for John. I love their hot chocolate, its hot milk with milk chocolate bits on the side so you can add as much or as little as you please. In my case, I added the lot!
For breakfast, I ordered their French toast with maple syrup, quark and fresh banana. It was good, the bread was perfectly cooked. They were crunchy and soft on the inside.
John ordered the Merchant porridge with fresh honeycomb and bananas. The porridge was soft and good and we loved the fresh honeycomb. That honey from the honeycomb basically finished the dish off, love fresh honey!
We also ordered a couple of macaroons but they were horrid! They were too hard that I couldn’t even bite into one of the macaroons. We were told that they were only delivered to them the night before but I seriously doubt it. Good thing, we didn’t have to pay for them.
So let’s comment about their service, I like to say what I really want to say but I won’t. The waitress that served us looked like she didn’t want to be there. There was no greeting when she walked up to our table and just asked what we would like to drink. She basically looked like she had a huge night the night before and was not in the mood. We had another table’s order served to our table, not once but twice. What is wrong with this people? Do they check and double check before walking off with the food? It just felt like the waitpersons didn’t care at all.
We did enjoy our meal but that really didn’t make up for the crappy service and the hard macaroons. The meal came up approximately $45.
On the whole, 8 for the food quality, 8 for the atmosphere, 8 for pricing and 5 for service.
The Beaufort St Merchant
488/488 – 492 Beaufort Street
Perth WA 6003
(08) 9328 6299
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 8am-7pm