What’s Instagrammable isn’t always what’s palatable, as evidenced by a crushingly disappointing breakfast at Port City Roasters on Anzac day.
As it was one of the few places open on a public holiday, the South Fremantle cafe was bustling. I had hoped that would be a good sign of the quality of their food, but in hindsight, it was probably due to it being a public holiday that standards took a nose-dive, as this place itself is generally quite highly rated. In fact, hubby especially took me to Port City Roasters as a treat because he really enjoyed his last visit there.
Due to it being a public holiday, they had a limited menu. That’s fine and understandable. What isn’t understandable is if you only have a handful of items to pump out, you had better damn well make sure you do it well. This place didn’t.
We ordered an Eggs Benny Chan and Potato Rosti, and tea and coffee to go with.
Their menu description on the Eggs Benny Chan reads as such: Panko-crumbed poached eggs, roti bread, sesame seeds, fried shallots, avocado, soft herb salad, fresh chilli and sriracha hollandaise.
This dish is meant to be a take on son-in-law eggs, which are actually soft-boiled, not poached eggs that are deep fried on the outside with a lovely runny yolk on the inside. The herb salad and roti bread in this variant of the dish were flavoursome and well-done, but they were unfortunately let down by the rubbery whites and very well-cooked yolks of the eggs. The one thing that should have tied the entire dish together made it bland and unpalatable instead.
The Potato Rosti is described on the menu such – herb and potato rosti, sauteed spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise. I opted to add bacon for extra flavour. Who would have thought that it would have been crucial in helping me stomach this dish.
The rosti was more of a gigantic mash potato patty that was barely fried on the outside, with way too much flour and way too little in the way of flavouring on the inside. The poached eggs were also slightly too well-done.
In all, we spent $69 for the entire meal (which included an added public holiday surcharge), and to us, what we ate did not represent good value for money at all.
To Port City Roaster’s credit, food aside, the coffee was fantastic the and service was friendly. As a large plus, doggies are welcome alongside their humans and were plentiful in their large outdoor seating area. In all, this place ticked all the boxes, except for what was arguably the most important one – food. It is likely that this bad experience with the food is a once-off. However, due to how much we felt our pockets haemorrhage that one morning for what was quite bland food, it is quite unlikely that we’ll be back.