Perth Breakfast & Brunch: Sayers Little Brother, Perth

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STM brunch review of Sayers Little Brother, Perth. Banana French toast. Ian Munro
Camera IconSTM brunch review of Sayers Little Brother, Perth. Banana French toast. Ian Munro Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

A little piece of Perth brunch history ended last month when Leederville cafe Sayers scrambled its last egg.

It’s 16 years since Sayers arrived in Perth with its great cooking, laneway vibe and excellent coffee, attracting hungry queues most weekends.

In the intervening years, the city’s brunch scene has exploded like it’s 13 billion years BC and you can barely make it down a Perth street without tripping over a smashed avo on sourdough, potato rosti or an oat milk long mac three-quarters filled, thanks.

Coffee at Sayers Little Brother, Perth.
Camera IconCoffee at Sayers Little Brother, Perth. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Sayers’ original owners, Mark and Stephanie Sayers, sold the Leederville cafe that bears their name many years ago to open Sayers Sister in nearby Northbridge.

These days the Sayers are behind the counter at Sayers Little Brother (are you sensing a theme?) barely a suburb away, tucked into a back street away from any main drag and with a more low-key vibe than its flashier siblings.

Low key in appearance only, that is, because the food is. . . well, there’s nothing low-key about French toast with banana fritters and ice-cream ($18).

Banana French toast.
Camera IconBanana French toast. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Especially not when the toast is as fat and rich as King Henry VIII after a big meal and the banana fritter is as crisp as a Perth morning in July. There aren’t that many socially acceptable ways to eat ice-cream in public before 9am but this — allowing it to melt slowly into your warm toast-and-fritter combination forkful by forkful — is one of the best. Watch yourself lest you go full Harry and Met Sally, no faking required.

Nor is baked polenta with mushrooms, spinach and a poached egg ($20) the kind of dish designed to fly below the radar. It is the kind of dish capable of leaving you in the most pleasant kind of stupor, absentmindedly scraping the bowl in search of the last of the sauce while simultaneously sure you can’t possibly eat another bite.

There are plenty of familiar notes for any Sayers regulars, which — full disclosure — I consider myself. The space is bright, inside and out, with lots of pale wood, natural light and more pot plants than a hipster’s lounge room. The coffee (from $4 for a flat white) is consistently very good and the scrambled eggs on toast ($11) are up there with the best in Perth for those who enjoy a heavy hand on the cream.

STM brunch review of Sayers Little Brother, Perth. Ian Munro
Camera IconSTM brunch review of Sayers Little Brother, Perth. Ian Munro Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

There are good muffins, slices, tarts and salads at the counter, which is where orders are placed with the charming and efficient staff.

Step through the door of Sayers Little Brother and you’ll know you’re in safe — but not boring — hands. These are brunch grown-ups who have helped to shape the landscape of Perth’s brunch scene and it shows.

The original Sayers where this story began may have shut up shop but the same spirit of excellent cooking, great service and positive vibes that made it such a smash hit lives on.

The verdict: 9/10

Perth’s modern brunch doyens have lost none of their shine with this charming, low-key member of the Sayers family.

Sayers Little Brother

25 Gladstone Street

Perth

WEB: instagram.com/sayerslittlebrother

PHONE: 0410 180 800

OPEN: Monday takeaway coffee window only 7am-noon, Tuesday-Friday 7am-2pm, Saturday 7.30am-noon.

BOOKINGS: Yes

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