There was certainly a lot of buzz building up to the approaching Winter months around Perth; namely because it was time to officially retire the iconic Game of Thrones catch phrase, or if you're in the know...it was also time for Harvest Espresso to introduce their Winter menu. I've always been a massive fan of seasonal cooking, and restaurants/cafes that utilise seasonal produce - and Harvest Espresso always seems to do it so well!
I managed to visit Harvest Espresso in their final weeks of their Autumn menu too, and I have to say that I'm sad to see the Vegetable Tarts with Tarragon Hollandaise go. But on the bright side, I'm so glad to see their array of sandwiches remaining as an all year round thing - I highly recommend my favourite Pulled Pork Sandwich and the gorgeous Roast Beef sandwich.
I'm just going to say it out right that after all my visits to Harvest Espresso; they definitely deliver on the "Espresso" side of things. I sometimes ward off ordering a Long Mac when I have a feeling that the coffee will be mediocre - but, there's no such thing here. Every single time, the aftermath of my first mouthful is met with an overwhelming satisfaction that can only come from strong and flavourful coffee. I would definitely trust Harvest Espresso to keep me going for the rest of the day; it's also a bonus that it falls under the benchmark of overpriced Perth coffee.
They also happen to use one of my favourite coffee beans, being Five Senses. Fellow coffee enthusiasts alike, including some serious Espresso/Long Black/Half Mac drinkers also agree that Harvest definitely put up great coffee. If it goes down well black, we will be back!
The first time I had a portion of Harvest Espresso's Brioche, it resulted in subsequent brioche filled daydreams. It's soft, sweet and perfect with a little pat of both jam and butter - if one day they ever make a Brioche Burger/Sandwich, then I might just permanently camp in the car yard next door. On a side note, the Potato & Parmesan toast intrigues me too and I definitely look forward to ordering it next time!
I was torn between the Smoked Salmon with Potato & Chives Blinis and the Cauliflower & Corn Fritters; my inner Russian expat was seriously missing traditional блины с копченым лососем и сметаной. But at the end of the day, I couldn't say no to the prospect of crispy fritters and fresh zucchini. The poached eggs at Harvest are consistently beautiful and yolk porn worthy; no exceptions here today! I loved the Zucchini and Herb salad, but the fritters themselves could have done with a bit more seasoning for me.
I probably self induced a social media related finger cramp after trying the French Toast at Harvest Espresso - I'm honestly impressed by the Poached Pears and I couldn't stop talking about it. I normally stray away from cooked fruits because more often than not, the fine line between perfectly cooked and over/undercooked fruit is always brutally stomped over. Definitely not the case here, as not only did the poached pears have a perfect texture but the balance of sweetness was impeccably executed. The winning components continue to shine through, as the dish also features gorgeous Harvest Brioche and crunchy almond flakes. I would definitely order this again and hope to share it with as many people as possible!
Finishing off brunch with Harvest Tarts has definitely become a practised tradition - depending on the luck of the draw, you may just miss out on a potential favourite! Thankfully this time around, I finally got a chance to try the Chocolate Ganache Tart. The chocolate ganache was excellent - there really is nothing better than plunging a spoon into any fresh tart, whilst enjoying a pot of tea on the side!
I may run out of puns before I'm done visiting and writing about Harvest Espresso, but brioche those doubts aside because I am already looking forward to what's on offer in Spring! I enjoy the fresh food, the fresh flavour combinations and even more so that it's offered at reasonable prices; a good breakfast a few dollars below the $20 mark is definitely hard to come by in Perth. This is truly one of Perth's greatest new offerings to the budding local dining scene and I always look forward to coming back and sharing Harvest Espresso with as many people as possible.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 7:00am to 4pm