When I saw the group of people standing outside the City West mall at the weekend, I thought there must be a sale on heaters at Harvey Norman.
Otherwise, why would people venture on a gray and drizzly morning into the unremarkable center on the outskirts of the highway?
This question was quickly answered as I noticed, as I did, the group trying to grab a table at this Asian-inspired brunch spot.
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A mega Forklore fan has revealed online that the cafe draws crowds every weekend and the chicken katsu sando was a game changer.
With that glowing recommendation, not to mention a growing hangover after the birthday party that needed to be fed, we rebelled against the waiter’s tip not to sit outside (if it started raining, we would be soaked) and attempted a table in the elements.
The menu offers 11 tasty dishes, but there are mouth-watering pastries and cakes if that’s more your mood, with everything from classic eggs on toast to mentaiko spaghetti with creamy cod roe, parmesan and egg .
The aforementioned chicken katsu sando ($21.50) was a generous stack of Maryland fried chicken smothered in yuzu and slow jalapeno, tonkatsu sauce and amazuzuke cucumber between two slices of shokupan (soft and chewy Japanese milk bread) . Oh, and the hangover demanded the side chips for an extra $3.50.
After spending a few seconds deciding how to approach it, inevitably deciding to lean into the plate and hope for the best, it was quickly devoured.
Because the bread is so soft, it’s not as much of a mission as you might think to bite into it, and the delicious combination of crunchy chicken, creamy coleslaw, and spice kick means you won’t worry. don’t really care if you look like a hot mess while eating it.
Kimchi yaki udon ($23) was definitely more on the lunch side of brunch, with a large slice of confit and grilled pork belly, a fried egg and mushrooms over a large bowl of spicy udon.
The pork was flavorful and well cooked and the noodles were the perfect option for the cooler weather, my nose was runny in no time. There was also plenty of katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) which enhanced the flavor even more and were shaved so finely that they seemed to dance in the wind, adding a bit of drama to the dish.
Luckily it didn’t rain and we escaped our first and probably not last experience of Forklore dry and full and happy.
Address: Suite 11-12 City West Centre, 102 Railway Street, West Perth
The verdict: A unique and tasty menu, warm service and an array of delicious pastries and cakes. Be prepared to queue on weekends.