With an industrial interior accented by exposed beams, soft touches of wood and plush morrocon style booths – Gordon Street Garage isn’t your typical Perth café/breakfast joint, it’s an aromatic coffee-scented experience within itself.
- Who: Gordon Street Garage
- What: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Where: 16 Gordon Street, West Perth WA 6005
- When: Monday to Friday 7am – 9pm, Saturday 8am – 9pm, Sunday 8am – 3pm
Gordon Street Garage rates a 3.7 out of 5 and here’s why…
But first… coffee.
It’s a 3 out of 5 for me. My usual go to coffee is a Long Black (no sugar). So to really get a true representation of how their bold brews compare to the rest of Western Australia, I ordered the flat white, full cream milk, one sugar. And how was it? A bit too milky. Albeit good milk. You can guarantee that burnt milk is an unforgiveable sin here at Gordon Street Garage. Their white coffee cups are super cute and they also have the option available to use your own Keep Cups (+10 brownie points for you GSG. That deserves a solid ‘onya from your gal Maz)
Now to be fair, I’ve tried the coffee here more than once. From a long black, to their lattes and even their (expensive) cold brews sourced from Ethiopia. Long story short, you could probably do the coffee sans milk. As mentioned before, that’s a 3 out of 5 from me.
What about the food?
I’m probably not the only West Aussie thinking ‘you can never go wrong with French Toast’. Really though, can you? Gordon Street Garage is definitely a testament to this. Take three evenly egg-coated slices of fruit-filled bread, top this with the perfect amount of feta, fresh blueberries and a few touches of mint leaves. A common saying you’ve probably heard during the course of your Australian childhood reads ‘never eat soggy Weet-bix’, although not a matter of Weet-bix or a matter of geographical positioning in this case, it’s definitely still applicable. ‘Never eat soggy French Toast’. You heard it here first. Nothing is more painful than having your crisp toast sodden by remnants of fresh egg. Nothing can pull you through that pain. Luckily, there were no runny eggs to ruin this French Toast experience of mine. You could probably say this was the best twist to French Toast I never knew I needed. Gordon Street Garage’s takes a 4 out of 5 among all my French Toast experiences.
I like to consider myself a Melting Moment connoisseur. Now if you don’t know what a Melting Moment is well…. 1. What the fuck 2. Go down to your local bakery and have one on behalf of the Australian population 3. It’s a light kind of shortbread filled with cream or custard (depending on who’s making it and where you’re getting it from).
The real question is ‘how good are Gordon Street Garage’s Melting Moments’? Are they truly moment-melting, or do they fall short similarly to the shortbread that they’re made of? Out of five, I’ll give them about a 2.5 out of 5. The shortbread, lightly dusted in icing sugar was sweet, soft and all you could really ask for in shortbread. But what failed to pull me across the line into the realm of ‘yes I would totally eat that again’, was the filling. It was a light strawberry filling. Disappointment. Disarray. Yes I am being dramatic but I felt like the tangy/sour strawberry taste didn’t complement the sweetness of shortbread at all. Was this a bold move, meant to change the world of Melting Moment’s as we know it? I love strawberry don’t get me wrong but it just wasn’t what I expected (or wanted) in a moment where I wanted to be melted by pure patisserie perfection. So for me, this warrants a 2.5 out of 5.
The lovely staff…
The service at Gordon Street Garage cannot be faulted. As a young-female who’s worked many years in retail (although not the same as hospitality), customer service to me is the icing on the cake that is often the deciding factor in whether I come back to visit a restaurant/café or not. The staff here at Gordon Street Garage are amazing, friendly and more importantly know their coffee. I’ll give this a solid 5 out of 5. Quite frankly, they deserve it!
And the venue itself?
Interior, as aforementioned is quite industrial – exposed beams, accents of wood and all. You can really appreciate the effort put into making the space extremely warm and welcoming. The space is always perfect in terms of temperature, always air conditioned, extremely spacious (So many tables. So much room for activity!) and there’s also free WI-FI for guests. So if you’re planning on reading a book or getting some work done, I highly recommend taking a seat here in Gordon Street Garage. Mornings are particularly busy here, so if you like a little more space or room to think, I suggest visiting a little after breakfast time, midday onwards perhaps.
Music is always a big deciding factor for me as well. Is it too loud? Is it too generic? Is it getting in the way of my culinary experience? Well, the mix here is perfect. The music has ranged from Solange to Bob Marley, played at a tasteful level that won’t distract you from your work or conversation. Overall, venue aspects rate a 4 out of 5 for me.
Is Gordon Street Garage the best café in Perth? Taking into account the coffee, the food, the staff and the space itself Gordon Street Garage rates a 3.7 out of 5. That’s your gal’s rating. Of course, if you ever find yourself wandering a little west from Perth CBD take a stroll up the small hills and visit Gordon Street Garage to see for yourself.
Your gal Maz.