Odd, we know, but some of us like to start our day with caramelised beef ribs or dang dang beef. Then there are those, more traditional souls, who want their buttermilk pancakes or Bircher muesli in the afternoon. This is the Typika thing.
It was one of the first casual dining venues in Perth to put big, bold, pan-Asian meat dishes into a breakfast context. The punters love it, and many other breakfast and brunch cafes have followed Typika’s lead.
Contemplate these words: “Miso Pork Belly Benedict.” Chef Benny Suwarno – like some kind of culinary mad scientist – makes this dish with thinly sliced pork belly marinated in miso, garlic ginger soy, then grilled with sliced onion, broccolini and served on ciabatta toast with two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and kimchi. Awesome does not adequately describe the flavour and texture bomb of this dish. It sure beats fruit and yoghurt (but you can get that too, if you must).
Other Suwarno breakfast creations include smoked cod gratin, Massaman osso buco, a wagyu beef burger and caramelised beef ribs cooked for 14 hours in coconut milk and served with a green papaya salad, fried shallots and nahm jim.
All that and the coffee at Typika – which started life as a coffee roasting business – is among the best in the state and a must have for coffee boffins. They get hammered on weekend mornings and days with up to 600 covers for breakfast and brunch. Prepare to queue. It’s worth it.
The friendly staff at Typika won’t bat an eyelid if you ask for them all at once and wash it down with a single origin, regularly rotated batch brew coffee, courtesy of in-house roaster Stephen Kenyon.
That’s how things roll in this old warehouse dominated by a huge brass coffee roaster and an open kitchen where Indonesian-born Suwarno churns out cheeky fresh Asian and European classics to clear the cobwebs.
The industrial, breezy space has been delighting locals and serving up 600 covers every weekend since opening around six years ago.