Owners Harriet Roxburgh and chef Harry Peasnell (an Andrew McConnell alumni) have transformed the heritage-listed Imperial Chambers on the corner of Leake and Market streets into an airy space with whitewashed walls and blond timber. There’s a handsome terrazzo marble bench at the front, and custom-made furniture by Perth-via Adelaide designers Remington Matters throughout the space. A deli-style light-box menu gives the space a playful vibe.
The size of the open kitchen speaks to a serious commitment to DIY. In it are two shiny ovens that bake Peggy’s two house breads: a white-sesame-seed sub (like a Bakers Delight roll, but better) and a 48-hour focaccia-Turkish-bread hybrid that supports rather than swamp the fillings.
In the morning, you can hook into a four-cheese toastie ramped up with kimchi salt or Peggy’s homage to the Sausage McMuffin. The five-item core menu kicks in later, which might feature a Cubano spiked with mojo spice (chilli, garlic and coriander), a house take on the continental roll, and a chicken-schnitzel sub. For vegetarians, options might range from an egg-salad number to a fried-eggplant-and-sugo parm.
Golden chips are served through the day and are dusted with chicken salt and served with a Southern-style “comeback” sauce. To drink, there’s coffee by Perth roaster Community joining a tight selection of soft drinks.