Brunch beachside = views of the Indian Ocean and the fresh salty smell that confirm all’s right with the world. Dining by the sea always reminds me how lucky we are to live in Perth. Barchetta is one of several Cottesloe venues that highlight the beauty of Perth’s coastline, and I met a few friends here for lunch a few weeks ago when the Sculptures by the Sea was in full swing.
The brunch menu features some comfy old favourites like pancakes, avocado on toast, bircher muesli, and a few items with some interesting tweaks. I decided to try the poached eggs on ciabatta with dukkah, Danish feta and hummus, and was glad I did. The hummus worked well as a base for the eggs on the ciabatta, and the crunchy, spicy dukkah was a good contrast for the silky eggs. An all-round satisfying dish, enhanced by the peppery rocket. It’s amazing how a handful of rocket adds some zing to almost any dish, which I guess is why it’s included in so many dishes these days.
My friends chose the fried eggs with roasted tomato, spinach, and a side of bacon, which looked somewhat ordinary but which I was assured was fine, and another the muffin of the day; a monster creation full of strawberries and white chocolate.
The coffees were robust and hot, and I enjoyed the two long macs I had. I regretted ordering the pink passion juice however; as this woeful concoction of watermelon, strawberry and apple was watery and insipid and not worth the $7 .50 price tag.
Barchetta’s service was friendly and attentive and the food was served promptly, despite it being a busy day. Sitting outside on the verandah is the way to go, as you can maximise your view and build up an appetite breathing in all that lovely salty sea air. I’ve breakfasted at the Blue Duck adjacent to Barchetta, and it’s a much bigger venue with slow service and generally uninspiring food, so for an all-round superior experience I’d opt for Barchetta.