Toast in East Perth has been a Perth breakfast institution for years. When I was in University years ago I remember heading there with a friend but hadn’t been back since, even though it had been on my list to revisit. When my friend Clay came over from Canberra, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to finally return to Toast for a gourmet breakfast.
Clay and I met on a hot Saturday morning, but luckily we snagged a table outside Toast, directly under the water misters. These amazing inventions made our outdoor dining on a hot summer day a pleasurable experience.
The breakfast menu at Toast has a large range of options, including the usual breakfast items like eggs and bacon, but also savoury crepes, sweet crepes and more gourmet options which is what Clay and I decided to order. Of course, there was also a selection of different ‘toasts’ offered, as per it’s namesake.
Clay’s large cappuccino arrived first and it looked well made. Clay had no complaints about the coffee, which is always a good sign.
Clay’s strawberry milkshake came in an old-school metal canister, straight from the machine. I love milkshakes being served this way, as I am not a huge fan of the popular trend of milkshakes being served in mason jars! The milkshake had a perfect consistency to it and had a great strawberry flavour.
It was a busy morning at Toast (which I hear is a common occurrence), so there was a slight wait for our breakfasts. Luckily, we had a lot of talk about. Clay ordered the potato, mint and feta pancakes with smoked salmon, poached eggs, sour cream and chives ($18.90). When it arrived, Clay was a little disappointed by the portion size. I had a bit of Clay’s breakfast and I liked the flavour of the pancakes, which were dense from the potatoes. The poached eggs were still oozey and overall, it was a good breakfast.
I ordered the cauliflower and zucchini fritters with poached eggs, asparagus, tomato and lime salsa ($16.90). I really liked the flavour combination of this dish, but wish I had ordered a side of bacon to add a bit of saltiness.
Clay and I also shared the choc-hazelnut nutella on challah ($10.50). When A and I were in the U.S. last year, we had challah quite a few times. Challah is a traditional Jewish bread, which is slightly dense but fluffy. Toast’s challah was close to this texture, but the added addition of Nutella made this a near biblical experience – Clay and I both really enjoyed this dish.
Overall, we enjoyed our breakfast at Toast. If you are gluten intolerant, there is an added bonus that all of the dishes available at Toast are gluten-free. I loved the outdoor setting and the general vibe of Toast is relaxed and casual.