It seems as though most of Perth’s new eateries are taking the industrial chic route but this really nails it*.
It doesn’t really look like much, but this a-little-out-of-the-way cafe is super busy and – tries to be – super hipster.
Strolling into the Hardware Store at about 9:30am on a Saturday morning I expected to be shooed out with a flurry of hands and cries of, “We’re just too busy, come back in an hour!”. However, we spied a spot at the end of a long table and grabbed our own menus.
At the Hardware Store you order your own food, grab your own cutlery and collect your own menus – maybe that’s why the prices were cheaper than the usual breakfast establishments.
About five minutes after I ordered the granola buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, pomegranate coulis and clotted cream ($14) with a fresh pineapple juice ($7) it was already in front of me – the quickest service I’ve ever had in Perth.
Whether it was because they were sitting there waiting from a previous muddled order or because they’re easy to put together it didn’t matter: the pancakes were flavoursome but dense with small clusters of granola and a fresh tang of blueberries.
I was looking forward to a thick coulis but was disappointed. Even though it tasted okay it was incredibly watery with a few tiny bits of pomegranate floating in the mix, making it hard to eat.
On another note, everything seems to arrive in jam jars now – my friend’s muesli was presented in a massive jar and so was my refreshing pineapple juice, a perfect way to start the morning after being at the beach.
By no means is The Hardware Store up there with Perth’s best establishments but it’s kind of cool, it’s cheap and the food is simple: sometimes that’s all you want when it’s scorching outside and you don’t have many coins in your pocket.
The Hardware Store Cafe and Eatery
117 Brighton Road
Open for breakfast and lunch every day.
*apologies for the poor wordplay.