In my very short experience of dining in Perth, I find that the further you venture from the city or a commercial hub, the better the food becomes (within ten kilometres of course, any further and you would probably hit the dead zone, like the one we have up North). Once the convenience factor is taken away, the food becomes a better reflection of the price that you pay for it. I can safely assume that people will only venture out of their comfort zones if the food or atmosphere is something to rave about. This is definitely what happened with Sayers Sister. Associated with the original and ever-so-popular Sayers in Leederville, this quaint little café found on Bulwer St in North Perth packs a punch in terms of food and décor! And when it came down to planning my birthday lunch with my lady-friends, it was at the very top of my short-list. How glad was I that we decided to eat there!
For this lunch, the first thing I thought of when trying to decide where to eat was “I want a cute café tucked away somewhere with fresh flowers on display and kooky wall hangings”. Sayers Sister is possibly the epitome of that environment. At the centre of the space was a large counter on top of which were gigantic glass jars filled with lollies, chocolate and other childhood delights, in addition to a large pot of fresh flowers (yay). The grungy walls, with their gorgeous exposed brick and purposefully gritty and cracked white paint, were adorned with pictures of the construction of the restaurant, where the food was sourced from, old Perth in all its black-and-white glory and the faces behind the food. I fell in love with the lounge cushions and the tapestry chairs; the décor had a Moroccan feel to it that I fell in love with. When I wasn’t looking at my food or participating in conversation, my eyes couldn’t help but wander away from the table.
The afternoon started off with a bit of confusion, after waiting for a table (no reservations on weekends), one of the waitresses pointed to where we were to be seated and apologised for the lack of space after we agreed that were happy to squeeze onto a table meant for four. It definitely was a squeeze for six people! The service was a bit clumsy at the start, with almost no one attending to us. The waitress left telling us that she would grab another chair but never returned and we sat there for ages before we were informed that we would have to order at the counter. It was somewhat understandable considering how busy it was, but I felt like some of the waitresses were just running around frantically for very little reason. After all the initial hubbub, we finally got our orders in and settled down.
There were six of us there, so please bear with me as I share all the food photos with you.
I ordered the French earl grey tea (as usual), one of my friends got herself a hot chocolate, and two of them very excitedly looked diabetes straight in the eyes and ordered the chocolate and honeycomb affogato. The tea came out looking very pretty with interesting china patterns on the pot and cup and a little milk jar that everyone at the table fell in love with. The honeycomb affogatos looked absolutely gorgeous and rich but, as expected, the sweetness of the drink became too overwhelming for one of my friends. She thoroughly enjoyed the first few sips though.
For our mains, two of my friends ordered the croquette with fried egg and bruschetta, one ordered the mushroom dish (which, for some reason, I forgot to photograph even though it looked absolutely amazing), another ordered the poached eggs on toast with hollandaise sauce and my remaining friend and I ordered the potato rosti. My potato rosti was absolutely wonderful, it was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the poached egg was flawless. I heard that the croquette was really good and my friend really couldn’t stop talking about her variety of mushrooms (definitely something to try next time I go!). We were so full by the end of it that we decided to skip dessert.
En conclusion, I commend the creators of Sayers on propelling the Perth café scene forward and Sayers Sister is a great addition to the Sayers family! I’m always afraid of sequels because there are just so many expectations involved everyone is bound to get disappointed. But Sayers Sister did not disappoint, and I must say that she is a contender to possibly be even better than the original, what with her slightly more daring menu and all that. Must be the sibling rivalry. By the time we finished, it was getting towards the end of the busy lunch period and so we were able to sit there for ages without being hassled by the staff to leave and that was wonderful.