Perth’s ever burgeoning cafe scene has been bolstered yet again by another top-notch cafe, this time in the increasingly popular suburb of Bayswater. Tbsp has recently opened on the main thoroughfare, King William Street, and it’s serving up some seriously good brunch fare with an Asian influence. Think congee with chicken confit, slow cooked egg, chicken crackling and coriander, or fried chicken sandwich with pickle brined maryland, gochujang slaw and pickled cucumber on a brioche bun, alongside decadent dishes like french toast with whipped honey butter and cereal crunch. Safe to say, I wanted to eat everything on the menu.
When we arrived at 9.30 to a cafe that was brimming over, we were greeted at the door by the friendliest waitress ever. Seriously. I kinda wanted to ask her if we could just be friends already. It does make such a difference to be welcomed in such a friendly manner, it definitely sets up the scene for a great morning. Once we sat down and I got over my waitress crush, we turned our attention to the menu to fret over the choices that were going to have to be made. It was 5 minutes of extreme angst, but I eventually managed to settle on the pork belly with chorizo and potato hash, onions, peppers, fried egg and siracha. My sister Jocelyn opted for the chorizo and roasted tomato scrambled eggs on toast (gluten free).
Coffee was also in order, and with the beans coming from Blacklist Coffee Roasters I was pretty sure it was going to be good. And it was. Everything was. The coffee was creamy, and that pork belly was tender with a layer of perfectly cooked, melt in your mouth, why-can’t-it-always-be-this-good fat on top. The chorizo through the dish gave it an extra meaty hit, and the potato was cooked to crispy perfection. I can’t say enough good things about this dish, or Tbsp. in general. Well worth a visit!