Thursday, 16 January 2014

Having an egggasm at Moore and Moore, Fremantle

First there was #foodporn in the world of hashtags...
Moore & Moore on Urbanspoon
Like any other social media checking, photo sharing, double tapping, #hashtagloving addict, Instagram is my go-to inspiration for looking up food to lust after and for new restaurants to put on my wishlist that's currently suffering from exponential growth. On many more than one occasion, a picture of a perfectly poached egg surrounded by other tastefully arranged food and drizzled with a decadent, gleaming sauce of some kind will prop up on the app, and clicking through to the location of where such magic can be ordered usually traces back to some chilled-out, hippy café in the sun-kissed, café capital suburb of Fremantle.
Moore & Moore
This laid-back town is a heaven of places to eat, drink and discover where the sun always seems to be out to play. Moore & Moore is one of an endless list of cafés in the area with a personality that feels right at home with Fremantle's. If Fremantle were a person, it would be a stylish, chillaxed hipster dude with a cool cat character - and Moore & Moore would be its equally as cool, more youthful brother.

The place is littered with mismatched, recycled furniture, complete with an old-school boxy fridge that took me more than a few seconds to figure out how to open to get some chilled water. Some of our chairs look tired and ragged and would look distasteful anywhere else, but fit right in with the old, rugged (not ragged - yep, a huge difference there), antique feel of this heritage-listed building. As I sit down on my torn chair with a perfectly irregular bumpy surface, my friend immediately messaged his sister (lover of all things hippy) to recommend Moore & Moore. This place got swag.
Interesting light fixtures, lanterns and people hanging everywhere!
Walking through the hallway of this vintage multi-purpose warehouse has a grungy feel to it; it's almost cavern-like except it is flooded with natural sunlight. Look around and swivel your head - there's loads of eccentric décor strewn across the exposed brick walls and ceiling and plenty of weird and wonderful things to look at.
Best Christmas tree I've seen, Moore & Moore's front counter and open kitchen (check out their blackboard for special dishes and drinks not on the menu)
Regardless of whether I am five or twenty five years old, this cute Christmas tree creatively put together with teddy bears would thrill me in the same way. It's not a surprise then to hear that Moore & Moore is kid-friendly and have a kids corner in the café with toys. The one thing that truly made me smile however, was the staff member who came to take our orders, clear the table, and attend to every other customer, all done effortlessly with a baby straddled on her back.
Short Macchiato - $3.80
After cleaning our cups for water (which were admittedly a little dirty), all the drinks arrived shortly after ordering and the food not long after that. The waiting time is kept down to a minimum here.
Iced Chocolate & Iced Mocha - $5.50
I had a sip of the iced chocolate, and contemplated ordering my own when its creaminess hit me. All of Moore & Moore's cold drinks are made using their homemade syrup and don't taste artificially sweet.
Smoked salmon and poached eggs on turkish toast - $19.50
I was pretty envious as I slid Yvonne's plate of smoked salmon down to her end of the table, because it looked like a true stunner. It was a sturdy construction of flaky salmon pieces and two poached eggs, broccolini, asparagus, lemon fetta cheese and crowned by a slow roasted tomato, all atop a slice of turkish toast as the strong foundation. There was an inconsistency with the salmon however, with a second plate of the same dish using smoked salmon while this dish seemed to use grilled salmon instead. Wouldn't be a worry for me, salmon is good in any shape or form!
Tuscan Style Sambo - $17
DJ ordered a dish from their lunch menu, which starts from 11:30am. The breakfast menu thankfully runs until 2:30pm and is good news for any late-riser (Because really, getting up early only seemed like a great idea when you were starving at midnight the night before). The monster of a sandwich was a falling jenga tower of a spiced organic beef patty amongst a party of grilled pumpkin slices, cheddar, caramelised onions, homemade hummus, fresh greens and tomato salsa. A colourful medley of vegetables accompanies the light and fluffy couscous that complements the already massive sandwich. And that there, is a decent sized lunch!

There is also a vegan option for this dish, featuring a no beef burger, avocado and cashews.
Little Pot of Moore - $16.50
I originally had my eyes and heart set on this 'Little Pot of Moore' but upon requesting it to be made without parmesan, I was told this wasn't possible as it was already an ingredient in the mixture. In hindsight I'm just a little glad this happened, because the serving looks a little insubstantial for a big girl like I!

The 'Little Pot of Moore' is a Tuscan style breakfast that stays true to its name - it is indeed served in a little (bordering tiny) rustic pot covered with a lid. Upon lifting reveals a baked combination of roasted capsicum, garlic, tomato, herbs and pesto under a blanket of parmesan, thyme and a cracked egg. I watched my friends dip and dunk their turkish toast with glee, but think they would be more satisfied with a 'Big Pot of Moore' instead!
Burnt butter, sage and roast pumpkin mash - $16.50
Upon being told my parmesan-less breakfast was not possible, I quickly scanned the menu at the counter for key words that caught my eye first. To put it in over-exaggerated terms, I think this was a blessing in disguise because, I frickin' loved this! This dish of burnt butter, sage and roast pumpkin mash was my rebound choice, but this goes to show rebounds aren't always the bad choice eh?

I know delicious is overrated and is completely meaningless to use, but I can't think of a better, more eloquent way to describe my ecstasy with this dish. The pumpkin mash is gorgeously moist, creamy and has that distinct, indulgent buttery taste throughout. I didn't care for the sprigs of rocket or 'tomato relish' on top (which were essentially just pieces of sundried tomatoes) because the show was taken over by that damn good mash.
Is this is egggasm or what?
The two eggs were poached perfectly; when pierced ever so lightly released a brilliant gush of yolk that screamed at me to snap a picture. First there was #foodporn in the world of hashtags, then Liz from Breakfast Confidential introduced me to #yolkporn but in my humble opinion this could surpass the ranks of both phenomena. In the face of obscenity I would definitely coin this an #egggasm. A good ooze to start the new year is a great sign of perfectly poached eggs to come.
The big inviting entrance that leads to a big courtyard at the back of the cafe
This old warehouse set-up of Moore & Moore means the place is very spacious with ample seating. The courtyard is great for relaxing with its big, shady umbrellas and communal tables while interior has been through a long period of restoration from its former days and has a great ambiance to it with its rough walls, cracked cement floors and wooden ceilings.
Indoor seating
The other face of Moore & Moore is a contemporary art gallery and exhibition space that features local designers and artists' work as it shares in the same premises of the historic heritage-listed Moores Building, and helps to promote the local art community. The cafe promises homely fresh food that leaves you full and happy - and full and happy I was. I'm already hoping to return soon and for some positive self-reinforcement, I'd love me Moore and Moore every day.
Moore & Moore, Fremantle
Moore & Moore
Open everyday from 7am - 4pm
Serves all day breakfast: Kitchen closes 2:30pm, display cabinet food available until 4pm

Tel: (08)9335 8825
The Moores Building
46 Henry Street Fremantle WA 6160

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Deep fried desserts at Sun Cafe Restaurant

The vibe of the place definitely makes you forget how loud you actually are...
Sun Cafe Australia on Urbanspoon
The building at the corner of Newcastle and William streets has lent itself as home to many businesses in the recent past. These short-lived food and drink businesses may come and go, but the one thing that has stayed put are the table top barbeques for sensual, hands-on Korean BBQ feasts, situated on the level above Sun Cafe. Downstairs, a chilled-out, relaxed Sun Cafe opens its doors until late to its customers, making it a great hang out destination.
Sun Cafe Restaurant
I was simultaneously eager and sceptical about coming here, largely due to the reason of them refusing to honour a voucher I had purchased on numerous occasions, which already came with a peculiar list of terms and conditions. However if I could ignore that for a second, their menu certainly did pique my interest with the offer of 'oriental tapas' and a selection of Korean dishes with a modern influence (would you yay or nay pistachio-crusted chicken katsu?). We dropped in late at night after dinner with a full belly and only managed to fit in some sweet things.
Matso's Ginger Beer
We have quite the obsession with Matso's beers at the moment, and the Mango beer especially has made many appearances at the table whenever it is offered on the beverage menu. Even though I'm not a big beer drinking or loving fan, I am a fan of Matso's beer selections as I'm quite partial to the taste of their beers in comparison to others that I down once in a while out of convenience.
Green Tea Latte - $4.30
Green tea is making its way into drink and dessert menus everywhere and whilst I love this, I only love it when the green tea flavour is actually prominent in the food or drink and strong enough to be able to recognise its presence. With that, I do not love Sun Cafe's green tea latte despite how promising it sounded. The bittersweet flavour is so next to nothing that I would have believed that I had ordered a glass of warm milk and even the extremely pale green colour makes it unidentifiable even as a green tea beverage if not for the powder sinking into the milky froth.
Marinated beef tataki, fresh crunchy salad - $18
My cousin ordered the beef tataki, presented with raw red and white cabbage and a trail of spring onions and roasted sesame seeds on a bed of raw beef, slightly seared around the edges and bathed in a vinegary sauce.
Crunchy Honey Bread - $12
We picked Sun Cafe as our dessert destination purely because of the recommendation of their Crunchy Honey Bread, so naturally it was the most anticipated dish of the evening. And certainly a very late evening too, to be eating a whole block of bread that has been wholly and thoroughly deep fried until the exterior is a hard, solid casing for the crunchy interior. Although really, this really wasn't a concern considering we had a McDonald's run for cheeseburgers, fries and ice-cream straight after this...gosh, the power of hindsight sure gives more insight into one's frivolous eating behaviours.
One of Sun Cafe's signature desserts
This indulgent dessert is quite large and solid, and thus is thoughtfully slightly cut into tall batons to make it easier to slice through the crunchy centre, which is also slightly dense in other parts. The honey bread sits on an artistic crosshatching of chocolate, caramel and honey syrups weaving through each other on the plate and is crowned by three tiers - sliced fruits (kiwi and banana on this occasion), a big scoop of fluffy whipped cream and finally adorned with a strawberry. This colourful medley of contrasting textures and flavours is further enhanced by a light dusting of cinnamon, a crunchy pecan nut crumb and more drizzling of the honey. The fruits are definitely a wise choice to counteract the heaviness of the bread, which retains a lot of oil.
Stress stimulus
Running down the centre of the dining area is a display case piled with magazines and board games to use as you please, and Jenga definitely provided ongoing entertainment for us as everybody sat around and chatted quietly. The very relaxed vibe of the place definitely makes you forget how loud you actually are. Oopsy!

Sun Cafe would be a good potential place to head to after dinner for dessert or drinks when nobody quite wants to leave yet, as their dessert selection ranges from pastries to waffles to frozen yoghurts. I'm hanging out to try their tempura oysters and crispy scallops with renkon chips and the long opening hours of Sun Cafe is the biggest convenience of all because the sun doesn't set here until late at night.
Sun Cafe Restaurant, Perth
Sun Cafe's Facebook page
Hours as stated on Facebook page
7.45am - 12am (this ranges, as we had to settle the bill before 11pm on the Saturday night)
Open 7 days

Tel: (08)9227 5009
318 William Street Perth WA 6000
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