Owners Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy may still be adjusting to the early mornings and new digs, but the all day menu they’ve created for their new neighbourhood joint, Hampton & Maley, is definitely right at home. Combine that with the spacious and calm interior (designed by Carolynne and painted by Hadleigh), this is definitely the kind of place you can linger over your brunch, turning bright mornings into the best kind of slow afternoons.
Located just off the Causeway between two major roads, the light-filled dining space does well to block it all out. Olive green, charcoal and polished concrete are the backdrop for scattered light pine tables and low slung white chairs. Or, those dining al fresco enjoy streams of sunlight and the buzz of the inner city suburbia that is Victoria Park. Beautifully presented meals come out on an array of ceramic crockery, as modern art pieces and works made from wood steal the view. The overall feeling is contemporary, minimalistic and down to earth—and this extends to the food!
The menu features just as many delights for the early birds as it does for long lunch lovers, but you also feel like anything on the menu could be consumed at any time. French Toast with strawberries and vanilla ricotta for lunch feels more than okay, just as seared beef for breakfast makes total sense. The breakfast hero is definitely the soft eggs—we reckon they’ve gone straight to the top of the running for best soft eggs in Perth, so do yourself a favour and go eat them immediately if not sooner. The eggs are perfectly soft and drizzly, and sit on a bed of rich and luxurious mushroom and coriander seed butter, with ricotta and crispy chicken skin the decorations on top. All served on two pieces of their delicious house-baked sourdough! You’ll need to slump back in your chair after finishing it, and there’ll definitely be some lip-licking.
Just as delicious is the blue swimmer crab omelette. Perfectly moist egg parcels tender crab meat, and it’s topped with a good handful of roughly chopped herbs that bring mouthfuls of flavour. It’s just as good for starting the morning as it is for a late lunch (the kitchen’s open ’til 2pm!). For traditionalists, the bacon and egg bun with hollandaise is a seriously generous serving, a huge golden egg yolk perched on top like a beacon calling all brekky lovers. For something a bit more daring, the black pudding with fermented chilli scrambled eggs, crispy cabbage and pickled apple is another menu favourite.
With only two items listed on the menu under ‘Sweet Stuff’, you kind of know that they must have perfected the creation of both of them. That’s true for the chamomile and whey tart, which comes delicately caramelised and with a dollop of light and fluffy mascarpone that literally melts in your mouth. Hampton & Maley definitely adds a third offering to its repertoire here: on top of breakfast and lunch, sweet stuff this good also constitutes a reliable mid-afternoon coffee and cake spot.
Hampton & Maley feels distinctly local (which might be aided by the fact that Carolynne and Hadleigh live just five minutes down the road): it’s welcoming and calm, stylish yet unpretentious, and with downright delicious, passionately made food, it’s exactly the kind of place that’ll continue to drive Vic Park’s already burgeoning food scene forward. We hope it’s here to stay!
Image credit: Elle Borgward