I had recently mentioned that I have not been to Mount Hawthorn very often, my last visit was the Leaf & Bean. This time, Ms. D suggested going to Academy and she surprised me, I had not heard of it. Ms. D had been to Academy before and really enjoyed it so I was more than up for trying out somewhere new.
I had a bit of a google and found that there are two locations, one in Mount Hawthorn and the other in Claremont. I struggled to find Academy when I arrived but eventually realised that it is just behind The Mezz Shopping Centre, making the shopping centre car park the easiest place to park.
I arrived first and was warmly greeted and led to a table. The waitress returned promptly with menus and some cold bottled water. I had a look over the menu as Ms. D had been before and I didn’t think it would take her long to choose her breakfast. We had a quick catch up before the waitress came to take our order and I still had not chosen what I wanted. I was completely spoilt for choice with the menu. I liked the sound of the bruschetta options but I am not a mushroom or avocado fan, no point getting bruschetta and then I found a dish that I would enjoy all elements of, the Swiss ($16.00). I wasn’t sure how the Swiss cheese would be incorporated into the dish but there was only one way to find out. Ms. D enjoyed her dish on her previous visit so went with what she knew and ordered it again, the Spanish Eggs ($18.50). As always, coffee was necessary so I ordered a Long Black and Ms. D ordered a Mocha.
It wasn’t long before our drinks arrived. My coffee was great, hot with the perfect caffeine hit. Ms. D has moved from Chai Lattés to Mochas so this was perfect for her.
Breakfast was finishing at 12pm so we noticed a few more tables filling up as we waited for our breakfast. The customer service appeared to be great. Everyone who walked in the door was greeted with a smile and escorted to a table, you cannot go wrong with good service.
Breakfast arrived together, another plus in my books! My breakfast first, I loved the look of it. As you can see, the dish has many layers and I couldn’t wait to tuck in. Starting from the top, even though it looks like hollandaise sauce, it’s the melted cheese and it was amazing! The eggs they were covered by the cheese were perfectly cooked and those two large pieces of black pudding were packed with flavour. I had something similar in Etro which you will find in the city, but they were still so different. The next layer was the potato hash, one of my favourite brekkie components. It was rather tasty but the house beans were burnt and affected the taste a little. To be honest, I just left the beans on the bottom and ate everything else. Ms. D was finished her breakfast before me, but I was determined to leave nothing behind…it was a struggle, but I did it.
Ms. D had ordered this dish before and knew what she was in for before starting. The first thing Ms. D did was the poached egg test, does the yolk seep out when it has been pierced? On this occasion, it did so two successful tests. The chorizo was plentiful and mild spicy along with the roasted peppers, what a perfect combination. The feta cheese was a small portion but just enough to contribute more texture and flavour to the dish. Finishing off Ms. D’s dish was a fresh piece of ciabatta toast. Needless to say, the dish was thoroughly enjoyed and Ms. D said it has been her favourite dish at Academy.
I am quite a new fan of Academy, there are a few more things I would like to try on the menu. There were some interesting little shops across in The Mezz and I have been to the Ladybird Markets here also, definitely worth a visit.
Also in the area is the beautiful Casa Bianchi and Leaf & Bean a little further down the street.
Have you been to Academy yet?
My Rating: 3.9
I haven’t been since it changed from The Peasant’s Table, but I know the space was a great option to have a family friendly brunch for a birthday. There is that playground outside and they do some long table options, plus there was a kid menu. I’ll have to see what the new owners have done! Thanks!
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Hi Jenelle, it is definitely worth a look. There were quite a few families in the morning I was there so I hope you enjoy it 🙂