They say it takes two to make a thing go right; and there are enough examples in life to prove this right or wrong. For example, I've managed many a times without the salt to my pepper, and yet most will know that things just wouldn't be the same if there was a Tegan and no Sara. And I mention them for a few reasons; favourite band of most times, and identical twins - something that my best friend is, but I will never be. But riddles and fun facts aside, I stumbled across a different sort of siblings lately. Sayers, and it's Sister.
There have been an enormous amount of positive feedback that was being thrown around about Sayers; the original haut opened by Mark and Steph Sayers, whom advertise "beautiful food and amazing coffee". True, many of my friends did keep going back, and they ticked the boxes for having good service, and their own original coffee blend. I found myself scheduling a breakfast catch up there post returning from Moscow; it was a new year and I wasn't planning on putting off coming here any longer.
I enjoy the homey decor at the original Sayers in Leederville; the assorted array of seating and open space made the Summer morning seem all the more relaxing. Table water and menus arrived promptly after we sat down at a free table; a rare sight at just before 11 in the morning. Personally, I am a loyal fan of West End Deli's Scrambled Eggs; but this is definitely a worthy contender. Soft, buttery and rich - and despite this being a 1/2 serve, it was still a generous one and for $9.50, it's probably one of the most value for money free range eggs any style in Perth.
I always impose a personal challenge every time I eat breakfast out; I'll aim to try something that would never get the chance/time to make at home. That morning, I was feeling painfully nostalgic for the Tuck Shop's Smoked Cod, and was awestruck when a combination of some of my breakfast favourites had manifested into one dish on the Sayers menu - Smoked Cod, Poached Eggs...and Hollandaise? Definitely something unique and impossible to produce for any weekday breakfast at home.
For me; it was a heavy dish, borderline stodgy. It read so well off the menu, and yet for some reason when it came to the execution of flavours it came off as heavy. Plus points were the perfectly poached eggs, and zesty hollandaise. The spinach and the rocket added a nice intermission to all the bold flavours, but the Smoked Cod Croquette itself matched with a harissa like sauce lost it's wow factor after a few forkfuls. It's a generous dish serving and variety wise, but let down by overriding flavours.
I left the Sayers experience feeling a little underwhelmed; but I wasn't too quick to write the famous Perth cafe name off. I had already heard a lot of great things about their new Northbridge branch; Sayers Sister, and I definitely wanted to try their Green Tea Sourdough before forming any solid conclusions.
Sorry to disappoint you and myself, on the Sunday just past 1PM that I found myself at Sayers Sister, they had run out of Green Tea Sourdough. But how to be too disappointed when met with bustling, quaint surroundings of other brunch goers and a series of delicious cake stands?
One thing I must credit Sayers Sister for, is their Granola - I really, never order Granola, or Museli or anything of that sort for breakfast, but in light of no Green Tea Sourdough...I would say that this is the dish that I would return for. The yoghurt is sour and tangy, which goes impeccably well with the sweet, crunchy granola. The inclusion of fresh strawberries, as well as a jarred trifle were also great inclusion, truthfully; the trifle stole the show. The nuts didn't taste "caramelised" but more crunch factor in a granola, whose complaining?
It seems I didn't learn from my previous experience at Sayers, or their bold flavours just don't agree with me. In this case, the dish was unpalatable. The mushrooms were extremely over seasoned and the single slice of brioche couldn't neutralise any flavour as it was soaked with salty sauce. Again, it was another heavy and not so pleasant dish, despite it sounding very exciting and delicious from the menu.
On both occasions, I did try their house coffee blend - which turned out to be unimpressive and not strong enough for my liking. After dining at Sayers and Sayers Sister, I could say that my experiences were "hit and miss" - but despite this, I can't dismiss their good word of mouth and reputation so easily. If I do find myself back at either Sayers, I would adopt the Keep it Simple, Stupid Theory. They seem to execute "simpler" dishes so well, and I will definitely be back to have their Granola again. All in all, I believe that Sayers Sister wins out the sibling rivalry, I adore the vibe there and highly anticipate the alluded Green Tea Sourdough!
Sayers (Leedervile), open:
Daily, 7am - 5pm (Breakfast ends at 11:30 and Lunch ends at 2:30pm, except for Sundays when Breakfast is extended to 2pm, and Lunch till 3pm)
Sayers Sister (Northbridge), open:
Tuesday to Sunday, 7am - 5pm (Breakfast ends at 11:30 and Lunch ends at 2:30pm, except for Sundays when Breakfast is extended to 2pm, and Lunch till 3pm)