It is safe to say that we are now spoilt for choice when it comes to good eating. Whilst all the new digs popping up make me a little giddy, there is something so satisfying about visiting an old flame.
West End Deli holds so many wonderful memories which would make your tummy rumble. Poached quinoa with stewed rhubard or pulled beef hash and a glass of cherry coloured ice tea with star anise that bobs its way to the top after every sip ... ahhhhh.
Sometimes you just want to stick with what you know and love.
West End Deli with it's brooding blue walls and antique bric-a-brac was doing that rustic look long before the rest. Each morning they serve up brunch and you can enjoy their dinner menu in the later parts of the week. Tucked away on the North Perth side of Carr Street you often forget it is there. We ventured here for a lazy Sunday morning indulgence.
Just when you think bacon and eggs is erring on the boring side, a monster serving of Elmar's double smoked (extra thick) bacon hits the table. Served with perky poached eggs, freshly baked baguette and a disc of salty butter. A side of smoked creamed corn brought me back to childhood breakfasts with my dad just this time without a side of chops, chips and eggs. The mushroom terrine with blue cheese butter was a rich explosion calling for a tart glass of ice tea to break through the decadence.
The Tasmanian salmon is not your usual breky suspect. Served Japanese style with sesame, spinach, slow egg and enoki mushrooms. The miso broth giving the dish a smooth hit of umami. It tasted like heaven and for once I actually left breakfast with a spring in my step rather than waddling out ready for the couch.
West End Deli is one of those venues that has stood the test of time. Homely with a lively atmosphere and thoughtfully crafted menu topped with baked goods that will having you coming back again.