Friday, 26 March 2010

Sayers, Leederville

Ross' breakfast

Renée's breakfast

Flat white and iced mocha

A while ago I claimed that Cantina 663 had the best iced mocha in town. This verdict was challenged by those who claimed that it was Sayers in Leederville that had this city's best iced coffee. The gauntlet had been thrown down. We never back out of a challenge, and so the iced drink challenge is on - allez cuisine!

Sayers was busy - even on the Friday morning that we went. Located on Carr Place to the right of the Leederville Hotel, the café has taken up the entire passageway to the side of the building, as well as the footpath in front of the shop next door. We chose a table in the passageway (and when I say "chose", I actually mean we picked the only vacant one!) and set about the difficult task of choosing one of the many delectable-sounding items from the menu. And Sayers makes it hard, with tasty-sounding items like wagyu beef baked egg, oven roasted tomato, spring onion & cheddar open omelette, lemon scented rocket ($19) and spicy Italian sausage, scrambled egg, wilted spinach, toasted extra virgin olive oil ciabatta ($19). Eventually we chose, with Renée having the claypot of Sayers coriander & cumin beans, babganoush, poached egg & toasted rosemary oiled Turkish bread ($14.50) and the Turkish bread crostini, herb & feta crusted field mushroom, crushed potato cake bacon, poached egg & spicy red pepper relish ($19.50) for me, and we sat back and enjoyed the comfortable surrounds of the café.

The food, when it came out, was phenomenal! Mine hit the spot, with the relish perfectly complementing the mushroom and potato cake; the poached egg oozed over the delicious Turkish break. Bacon is always a funny item and the best places often fail at cooking it, but not Sayers. Renée loved her hotpot, and claimed that it the dish had the best beans she had ever tasted in Perth! And the bread that came with the meal was a delicacy in itself. Both dishes were exquisitely presented. We made a resolution there and then to come back and try every dish on the menu!

And now for what you have been waiting for - the drink challenge! And with that, despite the anticipation and suspense, it was not much of a challenge with the iced mocha looking and tasting pretty similar to what you would get anywhere else in Perth. No contest. We also had a flat white and can report that it was quite delicious, proving that Sayers can live up to its reputation of having one of the best coffees in Perth. Interestingly, Renée spied the delivery of the juices, definitely looking like they were freshly squeezed by their supplier, and no doubt would have been quite delicious. Compare this to a tapas bar I was at last night where the supermarket-bought Berri juices were brought in by one of the staff!

The Verdict

Coffee 4/5 (point off for the iced mocha not being European enough for me!)
The Eggs (the meal!) 5/5
Service 4.5/5
Atmosphere 4.5/5

Overall 18/20

Would we go again?
again and again until we die


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Edward said...


I've been enjoying your breakfast posts for a few weeks now and wondering when you would get to Sayers. It's my favourite, I think. I love the beans and when they had it, the wagu 'bacon'. It has a pleasing buzz and the most pleasing thing is they are trying to do something different and the food clearly has some love and attention to detail.

Natasha said...

Hi guys,
I'm glad you guys tried Sayers and loved the place..especially the coffees :)
I was there today and it was totally packed! The claypot dish sounds interesting..I might try that next time! Good post :)

PMK said...

Hi Guys
this place sounds great i will have to try it out.
the Websie link takes you to Cantina663 not Sayers

rund said...

Thanks for the comments all! It's worth going back as they are frequently perfecting their menu, though i hope the wagyu beef meal stays on the menu for a little longer yet!

Cheers for finding my hyperlink faux pa Peter - i've been making that mistake for a while now!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Glad you guys made it here. I actually have a folder full of photos of meals I and friends have had here, but I've never blogged about it. I'm not sure why this is. I have had and seen most of their breakfast choices and you both chose very well for your first time! Seasoned breakfasters, the pair of you :)

Krissy @ The Food Addicts said...

great review on the restaurant... although it doesn't help me much since it's nowhere near where i live! i could use some iced mocha right now, though :)

Me said...

I love the breakfast at Sayers. The mushrooms are to die for!