I’ve been eating at Embers in Gooseberry Hill, for far longer than I care to remember. Back in the early 2000’s Chef and I would dine at the bustling Perth Hills stalwart for date night. Their gourmet woodfire pizzas were always a big hit.
More recently, I checked out the brunch menu at the cosy restaurant that is found amongst the gumtrees. It was a cold hills morning, and we found a cosy spot on the enclosed veranda by the pot belly wood heater, which was roaring away! Dogs are welcome in this area on a leash, good news for our pup Ruby. I love the rustic feel and the stone tables.
Ember’s version of the classic smashed avo ($21) with runny poached eggs, feta mint, cherry tomatoes, balsamic reduction and rocket on crusty bread is delicious.
Originally, I ordered the GF banana bread French toast. Since I was diagnosed gluten intolerant 2 years ago, I’ve not enjoyed a bit of French toast. So I was disappointed that they were fresh out of banana bread. Plan B, the skinny breakfast ($21) with poached eggs, sautéed spinach, baked avo with fetta, tomato and GF bread was still good. Simple and very fresh.
The kids breakfast menu offers eight yummy options, from triple choc pancakes, a mini breakfast, scrambled eggs and toasties. Little Chef chose the original kid’s pancakes ($10.50) with strawberry, banana, berry coulis, maple syrup and vanilla gelato.
Next door, the restaurant also runs a lovely gift shop full of locally made trinkets, as well as fresh flowers.
Embers is still as popular with families and small groups as it was 15 years ago. We enjoyed our brunch. The eatery is a warm and inviting place, especially on a chilly day or night, when the wood fires are burning.
Find Embers at 169 Railway Road, Gooseberry Hill.
See the Embers Gooseberry Hill website for more information.