Remember when I relayed that Bib & Tucker probably has the best ambiance in Perth? If you're into crystal white sand and calmly gushing waves, then you're probably going to have to book yourself in for a visit. After my wonderful lunch, I knew that I would have to bring my partner, M to Bib & Tucker whilst she was in Perth for the month. We have a common love for the beach and often find that it's the ideal place to soothe one's mind and relax. I'd been saving the idea of bringing her to Bib & Tucker for breakfast until I could do so no longer - it was the perfect backdrop for our bittersweet final breakfast together before she would leave Australia to begin her housemanship at Penang General Hospital.
There's little I could say about the beauty of Leighton Beach that could profess to you how good it makes me feel to be there. It's a sight to savour and I'm sure that it impacts on everybody differently - for me, it's a place that remains ever so inviting and calming throughout my busiest month yet.
I was intrigued by the thought of such a swanky venue offering takeaway coffees from 6:30AM onwards - it made Bib & Tucker seem approachable, thoughtful rather than exclusive, which is always nice. We enjoyed ours on the windy balcony, whilst our tummies rumbled along with the crushing waves. I wasn't at all impressed by the mocha, but I was glad that I could top up my Long Mac at will. The coffee was bold, fruity and slightly bitter on the tongue; pleasant, although the wind forced them to cool far too quickly.
After a quick snap of freshly ground pepper, I was seriously beginning to look over at M's bruschetta with imminent envy. The haloumi was slicked with bright green pesto and the mushrooms shone with chive oil across the face of the well toasted bread. What's missing? The runny egg of course!
We could have used an extra slice of bread to mop up the delicious juices that fell upon the vibrant pesto upon every cut for the next mouthful. The flavours and components were all very simple and whilst there are no fancy frills, it's the perfect Italian inspired breakfast. It was slightly over seasoned and crying out to be mellowed by the richness of a runny egg yolk, but this is something that I wouldn't hesitate to order again. (Next time, with the $2 extra egg included)
Whilst it didn't have the finesse of other Bib & Tucker dishes, the Huevos Divorcados exhibited a wonderfully intense flavour that did wonders in embodying a real Mexican breakfast. There's a lot going on and the components can sometimes get muddled amongst each other, but I found delicious success in enjoying each bite rolled up and inhaled in one go, like a real taco! Beyond the crispy shards of chorizo, there isn't much crunch on the plate to break up the oozing textures from the avocado, the salsas or the runny eggs.
Halfway through the plate, the tortillas do venture on from being soft to soggy - but all is forgiven when a showcase of some of my favourite flavours are executed so well. There's depth in the food and obvious thought behind putting it all together; it was a pleasure to try, albeit extremely overpriced. Almost $30 for two open tortillas compared with the "Get your Bib On" breakfast feed for $25 per person makes the Huevos Divorcados seem extremely excessive. Baring in mind that tasty tortillas is something that you could very well get from a great food truck at 1/4 of the price and there'd probably be more of it too. Had we had an extra two in our company on the day, I would have definitely wanted to get my bib on! The feast features a fruit platter with honeyed yoghurt, a selection of toast with house made jams, Wood Fried Baked Eggs and Flat Bread with Zaatar for a whole table of four.
After my second visit, I would say that my soft spot for Bib & Tucker lives on to warrant a third and even fourth visit. After having a pricey breakfast for two, I would say that their $25 a head breakfast feast for 4 seems much more worthwhile. Is it possible to enjoy food at a restaurant with a killer natural ambiance without there being an undisclosed "good view tax" imposed on the food? I'm certain that roughly the same dishes can be found for a lot cheaper around Perth and it's something that I'll be keeping in mind for when I do return for dinner. You are indeed paying for the ambiance and the beautiful beach behind you, but I'm hoping that their food continues to uphold a good standard in order to continue warranting such prices.
During my last visit, I unfortunately experienced the "premature bill" syndrome where we were served our bill before requesting for it. I'm glad to say that this experience didn't repeat itself and the staff were extremely helpful in helping us relocate around the balcony to ensure that we could enjoy the beautiful view, without having our breakfast fly off our plates and onto the beach! Recently it seems that Bib & Tucker seem to be copping a bit of flack of poor service - I'm yet to experience it so directly, but I definitely wouldn't be impressed if I'm prematurely given the bill again. It could potentially become every Perth diner's favourite brunch spot, but Bib & Tucker have to make sure that they get their basics right. Nobody's going to be there to enjoy your great food and beautiful ambience if terrible service drives your customers out the door.