Perth's "Brunch" scene is rapidly growing. The old-fashioned big breakfast has been replaced by the likes of chia pudding and middle eastern baked eggs.
Rifo's - Maylands
Located on the corner of Guilford Road and Eighth Avenue - this cafe has an Italian flair with some seriously delicious food.
A personal favourite is the "Cappodocia". The antipasto style breakfast plate consists of perfectly poached eggs, turkish bread, spicy chorizo, melt-in-your-mouth fetta cheese, olives, grape tomatoes as well as flavoursome condiments such as homemade passionfruit jam.
Fez Cafe - Mt Lawley
Located in the residential area of Mt Lawley, this funky cafe is full of knick-knacks like the ones you might find at your grandmother's house.
The highlight was the "Turkish Delight Panna-Cotta". Typically a dessert, this jelly-like yogurt was accompanied with gluten-free museli and various fresh fruit. It was light yet satisfying.
Saphore - Belmont
Located on Belmont Avenue across the road from Belmont Forum, this stylish cafe has a great range of cakes and even better milkshakes. With flavours such as "Peanut Butter Chocolate" and "Salted Caramel" - how is one meant to resist? The food menu is just as mouth-watering with options such as "the breakfast board" and "truffle scrambled eggs".
The breakfast board consists of a mini bacon and egg burger (on a brioche bun accompanied with a tangy tomato chutney), a museli pot (with greek yogurt and berry compote) and potato croquette. The serving is perfectly sized and would make a great share plate if you were feeling peckish.
The truffle scrambled eggs were simple and flavoursome. Served on two slices of toasted Ciabatta - this breakfast option was a stand out.
Natures Harvest - Cottesloe
This cafe/health store is a great breakfast spot for all the health-lovers out there.
The menu is a similar to the McDonald's "Build your own" (but much healthier!) You start by choosing a base - either the smoothie bowl (mango and acai were my favourite) or buckwheat pancakes and top with organic ingredients. These include coconut, dates, banana, granola, berries, agave and various nuts. They also use almond milk in their coffees and serve raw, organic desserts.
The Panke - Vic Park
You'll find The Panke at the northern end of Albany Highway. Their decor (as well as menu) was bright and cheerful.
What made this pancake restaurant different from others was the DIY menu. Starting with either chocolate or buttermilk batter, you choose as many or little toppings as you wish (the buttermilk pancakes with peanut butter, Oreos and butterscotch sauce was a winner!) You then assemble your pancakes on the hot plate and cook to your liking. Served fresh, hot and any in shape you like!
The Shipping Lane - North Fremantle
This waterfront restaurant has spectacular views and an impressive menu. The nautical decor is rustic yet stylish and even features an old shipping container in the dining area.
The "potato stack" is a signature dish full of texture and flavour. Potato cooked three ways (crispy skin, croquette and mash) served with avocado, aioli and quinoa. This untraditional brunch dish is hearty and delicious.
With meals as great as these, it's no surprise brunch is quickly becoming Perth's favourite meal.