Amidst all the wedding madness recently, I finally finished writing up the envelopes for our invitations and needed to distribute them to friends – this was the perfect excuse to organise a Sunday brunch at May Street Larder!
A ‘larder’ was a place to store food before it was cooked and served. In Victorian times, a lot of pickling, fermenting and preserving was done in certain seasons to prolong the use of items that were seasonal. May Street Larder pays homage to this ancient tradition in a modernised way by making fermented, pickled, cured and preserved items (e.g. homemade jams, pickles and meats).
The menu features a mixture of raw, paleo, and organic foods, with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure. Choose your comfort or indulgence and order and pay at the counter.
This was the dish I was looking forward to; I am an absolute sucker for waffles and fried chicken! The waffles were surprisingly tasty – slightly crisp on the edges and soft inside with mellow polenta. However, the buttermilk chicken is the hero of the dish; crunchy, well-seasoned skin with juicy, tender meat inside. Smashed avocado was smothered between the chicken providing creaminess and freshness. The combination of smoked sour cream and chilli maple jam was just plain tasty. All the flavours and elements together created an indulgent, well-balanced dish.
My only complaint about this dish was that the potatoes were not crispy as promised on the menu.. the crispiness would have created that textural element against the tender, melt-in-your mouth beef brisket and sweet creamed corn. The eggs were poached perfectly and the gooey yolk combined the whole dish together. A special mention must be made about the brisket BBQ sauce which was absolutely amazing – we made sure that small jar was polished off with not a smear to spare!
For dessert we had to try the famous Cocowhip; a frozen soft serve created using only coconut water – making it gluten-free, vegan-friendly and dairy-free. One serve apparently has the equivalent probiotics of twenty cups of yoghurt. Since when could soft serve be so healthy?! I was skeptical to say the least….
It was almost as creamy as dairy-based ice cream but to be honest, tasted pretty bland on its own. The flavours were not very pronounced in the matcha which was disappointing as I had high expectations. But the original flavour had a strong coconut flavour which was nice. Considering how pricey the Cocowhip was ($6.50 or $7), as well as the fact that each topping cost an extra $2 or $2.50, I would probably give this a miss the second time around.
Great soul food with big, hearty flavours which not only comforts your tummy but fills your soul. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at May Street Larder, with the Cocowhip being the only real let down. Definitely keen to try their dinner menu next!
May Street Larder
Shop 23, 155 Canning Hwy, East Fremantle WA 6158
Monday to Thursday: 7am – 4pm
Friday to Sunday: 7am – 9pm