Catching Up on Kirwan St

Fortysevenkirwanstreet, Floreat

The bestie had recruited me for the day to paint her back deck and after putting down the drop sheets (it was a lot of work – there was lot of heavy lifting involved!) we decided to reward ourselves with a late afternoon brunch on a breezy, sunny Sunday. Fortysevenkirwanstreet had been on my must-hit list since the start of last year and considering we were only a ten-minute drive away, we decided to whiz down to Floreat and satisfy our growling stomachs.

The drinks menu
The drinks menu (with a pair of shifty eyes…)

The café was mostly empty, as the lunch crowd has dissipated by the time it was 2.30pm, so we grabbed a table for two beside the window. The blackboard down the side of the café showcased the drinks menu. I went for a refreshing iced tea ($6.50) and the bestie goes for a watermelon strawberry juice ($6.50). My iced tea contained lemongrass, ginger, lemon and mint and as expected tasted like an iced honey lemon drink. It did need a few vigorous stirs though, as the sugar syrup had collected at the bottom of the glass (I accidentally splashed the table and the bestie in the process, resulting in her wrath). The bestie’s watermelon strawberry juice was sweet and did well to wake her up, as we were starting to fall asleep from the heat. Summer daze indeed.

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Watermelon Strawberry Juice & Iced Tea ($6.50)

We were given clipboard menus and the poor things look like they have been dragged through the Laundromat, all crumpled and creased. Perhaps the mark of a popular breakfast spot! Their lunch menu has a good number of brunchy items, all of which are rather different from your standard eggs-bacon affair. After explaining bits and bobs to the bestie (“what are mushies?”) we decided to place our order with the friendly waitress who was quick to take our order.

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Grilled mushies on parmesan brioche, caramelized onion, goats cheese and endive ($17.90)

I guilt-tripped the bestie into getting the grilled mushrooms ($17.90), mostly because I am a brioche-fanatic and cannot (ever) refuse caramelized onion. Sadly, she wasn’t a fan of the brioche, but I personally loved the subtle Parmesan flavours infused in the buttery spongy bread. The mushrooms were well seasoned and generous, buried in crisp endive. The acidic dots of goat’s cheese did nicely to break up the dish, cutting through the sweetness of the caramelized onion and brioche. The bestie also wasn’t the biggest fan of goat’s cheese, so I consumed the whole dish without additional prompting.

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Corn and ricotta fritters with avocado, roast cherry tomatoes, jalapeno sour cream ($16.90)

In retaliation for me eating all of her mushies and brioche, the bestie started forking off the roasted cherry tomatoes on my plate which were the corn and ricotta fritters ($16.90). They were fantastic – fabulous and filling fritters! Whilst there was an abundance of cherry tomatoes, we couldn’t get enough of the slightly blistered, juicy tomatoes which complimented the creamy avocado (presented guacamole style). Those corn fritters were really something else – crammed with golden kernels that popped in the mouth, imbued with a variety of herbs to give it flavour and were super duper hot on the plate. Thank goodness there were three of them because they were delicious! The jalapeño sour cream was also intriguing, almost yoghurt-y in texture and taste, but brought the whole dish together. A dish for the vegans and gluten free eaters too. Corn fritters for the win!

Overhead shot!
Overhead shot!

All in all, I really enjoyed my late brunch at fortysevenkirwanstreet, a quality little café wedged in the middle of suburbia. Service was good, with our spirited waitress handing over our drinks and food before amiably suggesting we should have a peck from the delectable cakes in their pastry cupboard. We were so full – maybe next time! The dishes we had utilised fresh produce, were beautifully presented and tasted delicious. I love the variety on fortysevenkirwanstreet’s menu too and will be sure to hit this place up again.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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Address: 47 Kirwan Street, Floreat 6014

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Bites:

  • Fortysevenkirwanstreet is open Monday to Sunday, breakfast and lunch from 7 am to 4 pm.
  • Parking is available on the side streets near residential housing and in a separate parking lot just behind the cafe (sandwiched in between fortysevenkirwanstreet and the park).
  • Split billing available.
  • Fortysevenkirwanstreet also do picnic hampers for two (ranging from $65 to $85). Contact them for further information.
  • No bookings allowed, walk-ins only!

– L.

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