Brunch in Kew doesn’t get much better than Percy’s Aeroplane. Perched near the corner of Denmark and Wellington, the curiously named cafe serves up comfort and eccentricity in equal parts. The house-like dining space is peppered with paper posters and other trinkets, whilst a large yellow aeroplane hangs from the ceiling above as you enter the local fave. The small shop front gives way to a back area and lovely outdoor courtyard which seats larger groups (and is absolutely packed out on the Saturday morning that we visit).
Thyme infused mushrooms on toast ($16.50)The thyme infused mushrooms are gorgeous – rich and juicy, they come out sprawled across a slice of toast that has been smothered in smashed avocado. Topped off with crumbly, silky goats cheese, a poached egg and dukkah, all three of us agree that it’s the best dish of the day. It felt both hearty and healthy, capitalising on fresh produce and the perfect blend of flavours.
Smoked buxton trout ($18.90)Another beautifully presented dish, the smoked buxton trout was shredded over a thick, herby potato rosti, and accompanied by baby spinach and a poached egg. Whilst it was another hearty, flavoursome dish, admittedly the rosti would have been more enjoyable if it had had a crispy outer casing.
Steak sandwichThe steak sandwich was another tasty meal – two thick slices of toast with bacon, melted cheese, fried egg, spinach, and a tender carving of steak wedged in between. The sweet chutney lathered on top was the hero of the dish, adding a kick to usual steak wich fare. The coffees are also reliably good here, and one of the best in the area. On the majority of my weekends away from the city, I really can’t be bothered venturing out far for a hearty brunch. Any why should I when there’s Percy’s Aeroplane – good food, good coffee, friendly all-smiles service, and a cosy atmosphere, what’s not to like?