by Mei Leong
Snuggled between a boxing gym and a second-hand car dealership in Vic Park is this gem of a cafe. As much as I’d like to keep this spot a secret it appears it’s already out, as evidenced by the line outside on a rainy Sunday morning. Harvest’s sandwiches have been harped about on other blogs and the like, and don’t get me wrong, the sandwiches aren’t bad. By all means order a sandwich if you like. But I reckon the sandwich eaters are missing out. Indeed, the best of the cafe lies further down the menu and this is where the kitchen really shines. The dishes coming off the pass are fresh, vibrant and good value. There’s a focus on sourcing the best produce and mixing it up with texture.
(Harvest is tiny, so during the weekends if you don’t want to wait with the other regretful latecomers get here by 9am at latest.)
Cauliflower and corn fritters with labneh and two (perfectly) poached eggs.
Oh I love fritters (and who doesn’t!). These cauliflower and corn fritters were steamy within, with a tender heart of just cooked cauliflower. With every bite, there was crispy crunchiness from the nubbly fried edges. The tangy, sumac spiked labneh (strained yogurt), slippery zucchini ribbons plus leaves of zingy basil and mint woke the dish right up. But boy, was that labneh good – smooth and indulgent, spread like a sauce over the plate. The herbs were more a salad than a mere garnish, so it felt like a dish you’d have on an exotic holiday. (Except you’re in Vic Park.)
French toast with poached pear (look, edible flowers!). Is this Perth’s best French toast?
Harvest’s French toast is food envy on a plate. If it wasn’t pretty enough with a mound of poached pears and fancy quenelle of mascarpone cream, the itty bitty edible flowers made it even more gorgeous. So pretty.
Looks aside, the French toast lived up to what French toast could and definitely should be. With a buttery crumb on the outside, thanks to no doubt being sautéed in a generous pat of butter, each doorstop thick slice was pudding-like within. Drizzled with syrup, this has to be one of the best French toasts going in the city.
Lemon curd tart.
The brekkies aren’t overly huge and that’s a good thing since the range of pastries on open display were certainly tempting. We opted for a lemon tart. The pastry was harder than I expected, more of a biscuit than a buttery shortcrust. However the lemon curd filling, more creamy than tangy, was the star. Smooth and silky, it spilled out of the tart as we cut into it. Accompanied by a second (excellent and made with Bonsoy) soy flat white, the tart rounded out a pretty fab breakfast with the bestie.
A little bit trendy but with a wholesome menu, Harvest is incredibly likeable. Think Tuck Shop, without the Northbridge hipsters or the pies. Actually it might even be better. Get here quick and get in early.
Harvest’s baked goods. The savoury muffins are delicious.
629 Albany Highway, Victoria Park WA 6100
Tue – Sun 7am – 4pm
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