On the recommendation from @thefoodiehub, I stopped by Small Print earlier this week with the intent of trying their cold drip coffee, which was promised to be super strong but definitely worth a shot. And obviously, I wasn’t about to go somewhere like Small Print without having breakfast as well though, so on Thursday I was up before the sun with a slightly grumpy O, and we arrived at Small Print at about 7.15 to give us plenty of time to sit over breakfast without being late for work.
Located in Brookfield Place, the people behind Print Hall seem to be a fan of the ‘stack on’ method, with Small Print, Print Hall, Apple Daily and Bob’s Bar all located one on top of another, and as far as I can tell all serving up a variety of pleasures of the palate. The only one I haven’t been to is Apple Daily, but I hear good things from reputable sources (aka people at work).
Small Print had a few people milling around when we got there, but was expectedly quiet for the early hour.
We sat down and a waitress came over quickly and bought us some glasses and a bottle of water, along with some menu’s. It was small with all the classics – pancakes, muesli, eggs on toast etc. O was adventurous and ordered the house smoked ocean trout, slow cooked egg and cucumber ($25), and I played it safe with the king brown mushroooms, poached egg and asparagus ($21). I ordered the cold drip coffee ($6.50) as directed, and O a iced chocolate (which I got in trouble for calling a milkshake again). The menu was on the pricier side, but we had ventured into Brookfield Place, that bubble on the Terrace where prices seem to inflate in a manner similar to demand for houses on Rottnest Island during school holidays.
Despite having a minor complaint about the price though, in terms of quality and appearance the food and drink that came out were without fault!
The iced chocolate was soooo chocolately, and came with the cutest straw that reminded me of an old-school ice cream parlour. It’s funny that something as minor as a straw can have such an influence on how you view a dish or a drink, but presentation is so important and this one hit the mark. Even without the straw though, this drink carried itself well.
The coffee did not disappoint – it was AH-mazing!!! It came in the cutest take away bottle, and when I poured it out it was almost black. Not surprising, when you had a look at the cold drip contraption (which must have a name?) and how much coffee there was to filter through.
The first sip was an explosion of coffee in my mouth, and the more I drank the more it grew on me. Still not sure whether its a little bit too strong for me, but I might go back and try it again to make a more informed decision. And maybe another iced chocolate. Maybe.
The food didn’t take too long to come out after that
O said his trout was very tasty, and that it had a strong smoked flavour that wasn’t too overwhelming with the cucumber providing that fresh crunch, and the sun-dried tomato giving it a bit spice. The slow cooked egg was perfectly cooked, and I always wonder how chef’s manage that when they are cooking to order. When I make slow cooked eggs at home it takes an hour, but maybe there is different ways of doing it that I’m not aware of. This dish also came with two pieces of sour dough and another poached egg on a separate plate, if what your thinking is ‘I can’t believe that cost $25!’ (which I was for a minute). With the extra bread and egg it was a pretty reasonable size for breakfast!
My dish was good, although I was disappointed with the amount of mushroom and asparagus on the plate – I thought for $21 there could have been a bit more. Having said that, the 3 mushrooms that were on there was very tasty, salty and cooked nicely as well so they weren’t floppy or rubbery.
The poached eggs were nice and runny, and the bread was so fabulously light and fluffy! They bake it in house there and that kind of thing definitely makes all the difference. It made for a very tasty dish, with all the elements working together well but not a complete showstopper.
As we got up and paid, I couldn’t help but notice all the yummy baked goods on the counter. If I worked on the Terrace, this would become a strong contender for pre work muffins and pastries. Probably a good thing I work further away, for my waistline at least anyway
Print Hall is a good place for a weekday breakfast, and even if its a bit on the pricier side the food is high quality and the house baked bread tips the hot breakfast over the edge from good to great. I will be back for the cold drip, and maybe a muffin (or two).