If you live in Perth and have not yet visited Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall, then get your ass down there. This little spot tucked in off King Street is ridiculously cool. If you aren’t a frequent visitor to the city and unaware it is located there, you’d walk straight past it. Unassuming and hidden, I almost had a ‘nobody puts Baby in a corner’ moment when I worked out where it was, but I think its location just adds to the coolness of it.
I caught up with a gorgeous friend for brunch. We planned this weeks and weeks ago, and I chose Uncle Joe’s as I have been itching to check it out. Sadly I don’t make it into the city much nowadays, odd since I live mere minutes away. I used to frequent King St Cafe every so often for long lunches with my brother, a tradition we stopped once it closed down. I can see us picking up that tradition again given the options on King St, Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall being a big contender.
The best way to describe Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall without sounding cliché is eclectic. Once you get off the street it’s tucked right down the back of a dark laneway. Firstly you pass Uncle Joe’s Barber Shop, so intriguing that I was tempted to go in just to snap the guys at work. I love how in time we go back to the way things started, ditching the fancy salon for a no-appointment barber shop where people line up to get their cuts. Old is new again. The walls of the cafe are adorned with plants and the furniture reminiscent of a verge throwout goes industrial. I just love it when old stuff finds a new home. This is the feeling I got here.
It was busy when we walked in mid morning. All tables were full yet the ambience was subdued, quiet even. Perfect for an introvert like myself. I ordered poached eggs with wilted spinach on toast and a side of mushrooms. Delightful. The egg yolk was cooked to perfection; golden and silky. The mushrooms were buttery and made the perfect accompaniment to my eggs. The coffee was robust and delicious enough to demand a second cup. Just the way I like it. My brunch companion Melanie ordered pumpkin pancakes with bacon, pecans and syrup (from memory). She thoroughly enjoyed it.
Service was much like the location, unassuming, yet not disappointing. I am not one to be fussed over, so I liked that the food and coffee arrived without so much as a quiet announcement if any. If you like to slip into your seat, feed your face over some good conversation with a friend without being disturbed, Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall is for you.
Definitely going back to check out the rest of their menu.