Now, I know that I'm a late bloomer on this one but for the longest time, No.4 was known to me just as "that place with the Heston-like flower pot." Over the course of the year, thus far I think the Chocolate Garden dessert has definitely become one of No. 4 Blake Street's most iconic dishes. Other than the gastronomically unique dessert, I've generally been hearing a lot of great things about Tom Randolph's No. 4, and about how his food boldly pushes the envelope for more traditional diners. This makes my foodie heart sing as for me, it's the weirder the better - I'm always on the search for difference and a unique experience that I can only get from one place! I certainly found that at No.4, and look forward to returning to try more of their brunch and high tea by day and illustrious fine dining menu by night.
It was a Mocha kind of mid morning for me, and I'm glad that I made the choice. No. 4 use Crema coffee beans and the aroma that was wafting off my coffee was just fantastic. This was also due to how they dusted the top with cinnamon, which I found to be a unique and delicious addition. The balance of espresso to chocolate was just right, and there was no artificial coco powdery aftertaste - this one might just rival Ciccolato Espresso for having the best Mocha in Perth!
Unfortunately, I can't sing the same praises for the Pineapple Iced Tea, which tasted conflictingly syrupy and yet lacked any resonance of actual pineapple. How sweet it was was a little disappointing, but it's one minuscule blunder that was quickly overlooked as soon as breakfast was served.
The Mushrooms on Toast were colossal; for $16.00, I think I may well have just found the most value for money breakfast in Perth. It's a well dressed plate of thick cut, warm buttered toast, which was then generously topped a combination of blanched spinach, beautifully cooked mushrooms and a fresh Rocket and Feta tossed salad. I love it when simple food is done superbly and done generously - how well the mushrooms were cooked was definitely a standout for me.
I'm still patting myself on the back for this; food envy kicked in at just the right time and I ordered a side of bacon too. What came to the table can really be accurately described as the beautiful lovechild of pork belly and a sweet danish. Not only does the bacon at No. 4 look impressive, but within one side dish, it is now possible to enjoy both beautifully rendered pork fat and tender pieces of belly. For pork and bacon lovers, I think this is definitely heaven calling.
When I was researching No.4's brunch menu the day before, I was strongly conflicted between the Pannacotta and the Keggery. I love having rice for breakfast! Anything from Nasi Lemak, to Donburi to Briyani appeals to me and Smoked Cod with Curried Rice just seemed too good to be true. Rice might seem like very unbreakfasty food to begin with, but there's a certain comfort that comes from such a hearty breakfast that I strongly attribute to my Singaporean heritage. Back there, for breakfast - pretty much anything goes! But in the end, on my drive through suburban North Perth, the cravings for a light, fresh breakfast made the decision for me and I ended up siding with the Pannacotta. Truth be told, I'm definitely more of a poached eggs and bacon kind of breakfast eater, but it's so hard for me to say no to something like Pannacotta and Consume...for breakfast!
Pannacotta impresses me. Purely and simply because I know how unruly delicate they can be in the unmoulding process and how when done right, they can harbour so much amazing flavour. Clearly, the restaurant world is learning their way around the potentially hazardous demoulding, as this is not the first Pannacotta I've had recently that has been cleverly set in it's serving dish! Every bite was extremely well balanced; the consume gave the pannacotta a beautiful freshness without making the dish overpoweringly sweet. The crunch of the granola was a lovely contrasting texture amongst all the smoothness, and I definitely would have liked more! It was definitely one of the more interesting breakfasts I've had this year, and I really enjoyed experiencing something different.
Breakfast is definitely just the tip of the ice burg; as I mentioned earlier, No. 4 have a lot more going on than just good breakfast. Halfway through the meal, the restaurant changed over to their lunch menu and I watched other diners dig into impressive sandwich towers and pick from the beautiful centrepiece display of baked goods. I'm sure it's a whole different experience come night fall, and I'd love to come back and experience it. Thus far, it just feels like a great place to be amongst.
No. 4 has definitely earned it's merits since opening earlier on this year and it's a place where I happily sat and continued to plan my next visit almost immediately after taking my first few bites. As for the infamous flower pot and that perfume bottle dessert number; let's just say that those dishes are the benchmark for my future returns. I hope to enjoy the entire menu that No. 4 Blake Street has to offer, and I hope that many of you would get a chance to too!
Brunch - Daily, from 7:00am till 4:00pm
High Tea - Saturday, from 2:00pm till 5:00pm
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday, from 6:00pm till late.