Located in the historic State Buildings that once again shines brightly on the corner of Barrack St and St Georges Terrace thanks to some careful restoration work, Petition is a gorgeous new venue that is comprised of three parts, each with their own character – wine bar, kitchen and beer corner. It joins a bunch of other heavy hitters in the same space including Sugar Plum Sweets, the Honeycake Shop, Sue Lewis Chocolatier and the soon to be (and very highly anticipated) Long Chim restaurant. Safe to say you’re pretty spoilt for choice when you’re in the building! In the first few weeks after Petition opened, I dropped by for breakfast a couple of times to check out what was on offer.
My first thought walking in was that the interior is beautiful, with exposed brick and an open roof cavity complemented by lots of natural light and muted, soothing colours. As with the entire Cathedral Square precinct, it is just a really lovely space to be in.
Walking in, we were greeted by friendly staff and seated promptly with menus in front of us – and given the option of some complementary sparkling water! Where else do you get that these days?
We didn’t have to wait too long to have our coffee orders taken and those little cups of liquid magic set down in front of us. They use Mano a Mano beans here, which are roasted just down the road in Gordon Street, West Perth and make for a pretty nice brew.
The menu is not your stock standard breakfast fare – with interesting options like watermelon salad with strawberry, pomegranate and labneh and pikelets with grilled peach, blackberry, ricotta and burnt honey there is loads of fun stuff to sink your teeth into here. On my first visit I played it a bit safe and tried the florentine eggs (slow cooked), with hollandaise, grilled asparagus and warrigal greens (a type of spinach). I also got some bacon on the side because, well, bacon. This was before the World Health Organisation came out and said it’s bad with a capital B, but I stand by my decision.
The second time I had the peach pikelets – I thought the dish was a bit on the small side, but I suppose I should have known when I ordered pikelets! Despite the size, the dish packed a mighty big punch thanks to the flavours on the plate – that perfect combination of sweet and tart that gets your tastebuds tingling! On this occasion, one of my friends ordered the egg white omelette with kale pesto, pinenut and sheeps feta which was also one seriously good looking dish.
We had quite a long wait on our second visit for the food, but it was still early days so these things can be forgiven. It wouldnt dissaude me from going back for a third time, although I think next time I visit the building it will be to try one of the many craft beers on offer in the beer corner.