Meet the Mantle Harvester, the new brunch menu available at Freo hospitality incubator, The Mantle.
Named after the Sunshine Harvester, the farming machinery originally built in the former warehouse, the menu covers the entire breakfast-lunch spectrum. On one hand, there are nourishing options such as “Health in a Bowl” (a Korean-style bibimbap (mix-it-yourself rice bowl) with egg, local quinoa, kimchi and tahini) to the gutsier likes of jerk-fried chicken waffles with maple syrup, and Karri Hill buckwheat pancakes with Limeburners barrel-aged Nannup honey and Black Berky bacon.
Executive Chef Stuart Laws says he’s looking forward to bringing the farm-to-table concept to brunch.
“There’s a big push at the moment for local,” he says “We’ve got an opportunity here to, instead of just going local, develop relationships with the farmers, to give them a bigger piece of the pie. We don’t deal with any distributors, we go straight to the farmer. We have the opportunity to have dialogue so the farmer can know what the end result is like and the consumer knows the farmer is getting everything he can out of the purchase.”
Some of the WA products and producers being showcased on the new brunch menu include : GH Produce paleo granola made at The Mantle, Life Cykel mushrooms, Three Farmers quinoa, Wide Open agricultural beetroot, organic Blackwood Valley Beef and Princi Butchers nitrate-free cured meats.
The local-first focus also extends to the drinks menu of whiskey, beer, wine, and kombucha. The cocktail list, created by Alter Ego’s Owen Humphry, includes such brunch favourites as the Mimosa and Bloody Mary, as well as house creations such as the Hooch & Booch: a potion starring Kommunity Brew’s wild jasmine kombucha spiked with gin.
Laws believes the popularity of breakfast makes it an ideal medium for celebrating the importance of agriculture.
“Everybody in Perth goes out for breakfast,” he says. “At the moment, Western Australia is feeling the pinch in the hospitality sector. There are less people going out for dinner but the same amount of people will still go out for breakfast.”
The Mantle Harvester is served at Don Tapa (The Mantle, 1 James Street, Fremantle) from 8am and 3pm Saturday and Sunday