Fremantle has dropped off our culinary radar since we moved to Ellenbrook two years ago, simply because there are plenty of places to try that are closer. I was surprised to see that our visit to Run Amuk was over a year ago now, and I know from my Instagram feed that we’re missing out on some great food so today we headed south for breakfast at May Street Larder. Knowing its reputation, we arrived just after 7am and were relieved that there we didn’t have to fight a crowd of people for a table.
May Street Larder is open from 7am seven days a week (happy face) and is the creation of swimmer Eamon Sullivan, pole vaulter Steve Hooker and hockey player Jamie Dwyer, who also own Fremantle’s Bib & Tucker. I haven’t been there either (sad face).
Many of Perth’s “hottest” cafes are tiny, and we were pleasantly surprised by how large and spacious May Street Larder was (and how few customers there actually were!)
There’s a very attractive selection of baked goods to tempt you on the way to the counter, so breakfast dessert is just a few steps away. There’s also the popular Cocowhip to try, although it was far too cold and wet for us to go there this morning.
Coffee is from Campos, and my long macchiato was strong enough but unfortunately very watery and left half-finished.
I wish I’d tried one of the interesting milkshake options (coconut, chocolate & fresh mint; Nutella & banana; salted caramel; peanut butter & chocolate – all $8). Also on the drink menu are a variety of cold pressed juices ($8.50) and house made soda ($4).
I couldn’t visit May Street Larder without trying the oft-photographed Soul Sandwich ($22) with polenta waffle, buttermilk fried chicken, avocado, smoked sour cream, chilli maple syrup and jalapenos. Our recent trip to the Yarra Valley showed how conservative most Perth breakfast restaurants are, and it’s great to see a dish like this that really brings something different to town. I found it most enjoyable, although I can imagine it not being to everyone’s taste. The fried chicken was moist, waffles simultaneously soft and crispy and the subtle heat in the chilli maple syrup was inspired – I’d happily drink it from the bottle.
The other dish that really tempted me was the smoked beef brisket hash with crispy potatoes, creamed corn, jalapenos, poached eggs & brisket bbq sauce ($26), which I will have next time. Also tempting me was the pulled pork croquettes with smoked corn, kimchi & greens ($17), the truffled scrambled eggs on house sourdough ($20) and the Reuben sandwich from the lunch menu ($15).
Renay chose the mushroom bruschetta ($16) with house sourdough, goats curd, rocket, roasted tomatoes & thyme which she enjoyed despite finding the thyme very strong. As with most dishes like this, the quality of the ingredients is paramount and as you would expect there was no issue here. The house sourdough was a particular highlight.
Campos coffee and house-made jam, marmalade and pickles are also available for purchase.
So was our hour-long, pre-dawn drive to May Street Larder worth it? Yes, but mostly thanks to the Soul Sandwich. My coffee was a disappointment, and hopefully that was a one-off.
There are plenty of interesting things to try on the menu and I expect that this is the kind of restaurant where there’s no such thing as a bad dish. Definitely worth travelling for.