Churchill Bar and Restaurant opened earlier this year in Brookfield Place, initially with a six-month lease. Fans of the sports-bar-styled venue will be happy to hear that owner Brendon Sim, who also owns neighbour Bar Lafayette, has extended Churchill’s lease for a further six months and has stepped up the bar’s offering with weekday breakfast.
“Our landlord couldn’t find anybody to rent the space, so I renegotiated and signed a new lease,” says Sim. “Very rarely do you get the chance to try something out. There’s not enough breakfast places in my direct vicinity and I feel there’s a gap. We’re going to turn breakfast on its head.”
Breakfast is served weekdays in the street-level bar. The menu has a distinct Asian twist, prompted by Sim’s Malaysian-Chinese background.
“I told my chef that the one thing I wanted was inspired by one of my best friends, a Nigerian-American guy,” explains Sim. “I went to his house for brunch and he cooked Southern fried chicken on a red-velvet pancake. What we’re doing is crispy Korean fried chicken on a red-velvet waffle with maple-cream-cheese glaze. That kind of thing.”
Other dishes include a strawberry-laden French toast topped with a custard spring roll, sambal fried rice with house-made pickles, and char-siu pulled pork with potato hash and Sriracha hollandaise. Healthier options include granola and a kale-based dish aptly named “Eat your greens!” (you can have it with fried chicken on the side, if you want).
Churchill isn’t pulling any punches with its coffee and has partnered with Melbourne roaster Locale for espresso and batch offerings. Barista Henry McAlpine, formerly of La Veen and Uncle Joe's, is behind the machine. Asian-style coffees with condensed milk are also available.
For those in need of something stronger, the Lafayette-developed juice menu can be spiked with your choice of spirit. Corporate types can also take advantage of Churchill’s private dining space during breakfast service.
“We can cater for breakfast meetings, serving canapes for 25 to 40 people,” says Sim. “Presentations can be done in beautiful natural light. It’s a cool little space.”
Brookfield Place, 133 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Mon to Fri 6.30am–late