When I'm travelling, one of the things that I miss the most about living in Australia is the comforting ritual of going out for a good, cooked breakfast. Hotel rooms for me usually mean quick bites before work and cups of mediocre tea, or if I'm lucky and travelling for leisure; a standard buffet breakfast. Australia has a great brunch scene that I'm hard tasked to find a solid replacement for when I travel oversees, especially when I appreciate a good breakfast that has flair, uniqueness and comfort - all of which I've managed to find in one of my best cafe discoveries of 2013. Piccolo's Corner highlights the simplicity behind food itself and the refreshing ambiance of the tiny corner block in West Leederville reminds me so much of the goodness of being able to go out and treat yourself, whilst still enjoying excellent homestyle cooking.
My first visit to Piccolo's Corner involved a very large umbrella and a breezy early Autumn day. The backgarden seating area is very tranquil and a perfect backdrop to a good breakfast to come. Whilst those who would prefer could also find an equally as charming place amongst the missmatched furniture and assorted wall ornaments.
My most recent visit was on a cold, busy morning just before leaving for Shanghai. This was definitely a first for me on the yellow marshmallow aspect and I was even more so surprised when a tall black glass came my way. The coffee was decent and the warm rim was perfect for cupping my cold hands around. I'll be looking forward to trying more coffees and cakes for visits to come.
One of the breakfasts that I've tried on both occasions boasts the most amazingly drizzled balsamic vinegar - it's perfect for mopping up spare wedges of toasty ciabatta that have been dredging first in creamy egg yolk. In addition, the slightly spicy chorizo and zingy avocado contrast together beautifully. This breakfast as a whole is a perfect start to the day for those who love gourmet flavours done right.
I think the thing about Piccolo's Corner that just really works is their simplicity, that is what I keep coming back for. They have indeed mastered the classic flavour combinations; their menu boasts of Tomato and Bocconcini, Beetroot and Feta, Pumpkin and Feta, Spinach and Pine nuts, combinations that are not only delicious, but very familiar. Their homemade pesto is the show stopper and I love how they generously slather it over my personal favourite breakfast of pumpkin and feta on Ciabatta.
Upon piercing at the thin white veil of my perfectly cooked poached egg, I was met with the awesome sight of a viscus cascade of rich, golden egg yolk. Piccolo's Corner consistently cook their eggs so well and coupled with their smashing Pesto, it makes it very hard for me to deviate from this amazing dish. Recommendations for the next best are highly sought after!
This quaint "corner" is definitely top 5 breakfasts' in Perth material; definitely simple, definitely delicious and definitely a pleasure to dine in. The only downside is that service is a little slow and they only take cash at the register; as long as you're prepared for this, be rest assured that it's a tightly run family establishment and you'll get served as soon as possible. The food is worth the wait and if you're short on cash, there's an ATM a short 2 minute drive away - I was welcome to pay my bill after I had finished eating and popped down to the ATM. When people ask me "Where is the best breakfast in perth?" , I can't help but mention Piccolo's Corner. If you're in on the secret, good for you - if not, do head on down...this place I'm sure, gets busier by the week and it'll definitely be your loss for missing out!
Tuesday to Friday, from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm and 8:00 am - 2:00 pm on Weekends.