Friday, February 05, 2010

January 31, 2010: Pearl Oyster

Late, late, late. Late to discover Pearl Oyster, embarrassingly late to join my companions on this Sunday morning, and later still to blog the experience. But when the cafe's this cute and tasty, it sure is better late than never.

Once I did finally join Lisa, Kristy, Toby and Michael I had to choose my breakfast quickly. There was granola, then lots of toast - with spreads, lots with eggs, decorated with hummus and dukkah or pickled ginger as well as some more traditional sides. There was French toast, with rose honey, raspberries, pomegranate seeds, pistachios and double cream. Hot and flustered and surprisingly not very hungry, I went back to the granola, which promised almonds, vanilla yoghurt and apple cherry compote ($8).

It sure was a pretty plateful when it arrived. The plums were beautifully sweet and juicy, and the almond granola was just, well, sweet. Within just a minute or two it soaked into the milk, turning it a caramel colour and flavour. You've been warned - this is one sweet cereal!

The majority of those round the table ordered one of the day's specials, cumin-spiced scrambled tofu with a pear and walnut salad ($16). It scored high points all round, and hope that it might earn a more permanent spot on the menu.

Pearl Oyster's yet another example of the northside's excellent brunch culture - it has a charming fit-out, the staff are friendly and attentive and the menu accommodates a range of tastes and dietary requirements.

Address: 114 Miller St, Preston
Ph: 9480 2500
Price: veg breakfasts $4.50-$16


  1. its on my list of places I must try - esp if the scramble becomes a regular

  2. It was great! Think the scramble is a bit steep price-wise though...?

  3. It's certainly worth a visit, Johanna. Note that prams are a bit of a squeeze. :-)

    Lisa, I agree - it's rare to pay as much as $16 for a veg breakfast!