Do you ever fall in love with a restaurant? I definitely do. And when I fall, I fall hard - with new experiences at unknown restaurants not as exciting as returning to my beloved. There's a few places in Perth that have lured me in as a loyal patron - Duende, Tuck Shop, Bonsai, Cantina 663 and Beaufort St Merchant. And now I am so pleased to say that The Old Crow definitely is one to add to that list.
From the aesthetic of a restored home to the hipster-magnet decor to the impressive menu this place has ticked all the boxes for me. So naturally when my partner Jeremy suggested we go there to finally try out their breakfast menu this weekend, I was extremely excited. This is the kind of place that is doing exciting and affordable things with food. Pairing ingredients and flavours in an unexpected but extremely palate-pleasing manner. I love the deeply Southern roots that are embedded in the dishes because it's just unlike anything else you find here in Perth.
Am I having a bit of a raving moment? Definitely! But I guess when you find a good restaurant, you should tell others (even at the risk of creating a crowd that makes it harder for you to dine there) because they deserve the fanfare.
We're lucky enough to get the last remaining table outside, which is what we'd hoped for. While the inside is beautiful and homely, on a sunny day it's so satisfying basking in the luscious rays.
Jeremy's quick to choose, instantly locking on to the Maple Glazed Pulled Pork with Hot Cakes, Fried Egg and Apple ($20). As he places his order I finally make my mind up, selecting the Baked Ricotta with Avocado, Green Sauce and Slow Egg ($17).
Lucky for me he's not opposed to me spearing a nice big mouthful to sample so I'm quick to do this after I see that he's attacking it with a fierce dedication and utter silence which can only mean one thing - it's damn good.
When we cook at home we use maybe a bit too much of fried shallots, so there was no complaining from either of us in the amount The Old Crow scatter on their dishes. They're definitely house-made and go down a treat, offering a nice crunch to each bite.
Sitting at the bottom of my bowl is a layer of 'green sauce' which is like a punchy cross between a pesto and a mojo sauce. On top sits at least an entire avocado's worth of slices, with parsley leaves, crumbled chunks of the baked ricotta, slivers of red onion and topped with fried shallots and chives. Hidden amongst the other ingredients is the slow cooked egg which is a milky translucent colour on the outside, hiding a sunny yellow yolk.
I find this all so delicious and satisfying. It's a refreshing dish, something I can now see myself trying to recreate at home on a summer's day. I love that it looks like chaos in a bowl but it's actually a clever combination of well balanced ingredients, textures and flavours.
After we've both finished our dishes, I have to say we are a little speechless. I know at the start of this blog post I was raving about how much I love The Old Crow, but it's been a long while since a breakfast has really taken our breath away. But these dishes did. They're smart, seemingly uncomplicated and yet so different to anything anywhere else in Perth that they really cut through to us.
It seems Newcastle St has a breakfast competitor for the beloved Tuck Shop now - which means if you're ever headed for one and there's a line - there's now an alternative that's in walking distance. What a great way to start my weekend!