Martin Eade

A freelance food and travel writer based in Perth, Western Australia. 
Owner of Morsels, one of Perth's most popular food blogs.

Marco Pierre White on Dreams, Michelin and MasterChef

For someone relatively inexperienced in such things, the prospect of sitting down to talk with Marco Pierre White was a daunting one. His reputation as intense and intimidating is legendary, and I’d witnessed this first-hand at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape several years ago.
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Micro Lote Coffee Opens in Fremantle

Mauricio Velasquez may be one of the lowest-profile characters in the WA coffee community, but he’s one of its most passionate. In 2007 he started working for Asprounion, a cooperative of farmers and coffee producers based out of the town of La Union in southern Colombia. Where most coffee beans are sold through brokers, Asprounion sells directly to coffee roasters. It’s an example of direct trade, the aim being to return maximum profits to farmers.

Now Open: A New, Waste-Conscious Cafe for Vic Park

You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking Social Manna was just another cafe, but little details suggest otherwise. The metallic blue sphere labelled “umami butter”. House-baked sourdough on the counter. Liam Atkinson (former Ku De Ta head chef) in the kitchen. Social Manna is by chef Sandro Puca, who started his career with Russell Blaikie and David Coomer, and more recently held head chef roles at Il Lido and Rochelle Adonis.

2018: The Year in Cafes, Breakfast and Coffee

Perth’s coffee offering came a long way this year, although it wasn’t always smooth sailing. While we said goodbye to some favourites over the past last 12 months – Layup, Daphne and Beaufort Street’s Mrs S spring to mind – there always seemed to be a newcomer ready to take their place. Too many of these openings were from hospitality first-timers with little-to-no experience getting in right at the deep end, yet the class of 2018 still managed to produce plenty of standouts.

Now Open: William Street Bagels Inside Get Ya Fix

Kevin O’Sullivan and Aaron Walsh of William Street bike shop Get Ya Fix have a reputation for serving some of the best coffee and jaffles in Perth. Eighteen months ago the duo began offering bagels alongside the toasted sandwiches. The new addition has proven a hit, so much so that O’Sullivan and Walsh decided to retire the jaffles and move to a bagel-only menu. They’ve also given their new brand a name. Enter William Street Bagels.

First Look: The New Venue From the Royal's Chicken and Burgers Crew

Royal’s Chicken and Burgers continues to be a Perth success story. With stores in Vic Park, Wembley and Northbridge – and not forgetting the outstanding Lola’s Grilled Chicken in Thornlie – brothers Al and Ken Craigie have now given Royal’s a little brother. Enter Baby Roy’s in the Melville Shopping Plaza. “The whole idea is that it’s more shopping-centre friendly,” says Al. “Royal’s is such a hard thing to recreate because of the culture and everything we’ve built in. But the demand is definite

Inside Perth's New Late-Night Japanese Whisky Den

Meet Goody Two’s. It’s the newest opening at Hibernian Place and (yet) another venue from bar czar Andy Freeman. This time, he’s partnered with Eamon Sullivan and Scott Bridger of Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder to open the late-night bar downstairs from his Moroccan-themed venue, Hadiqa. Japan is the name of the game, as evinced by the bar’s serious Japanese whisky stockpile and menu of punchy Nipponese street food. Japanese whisky is produced in the same way as the Scottish variant, and sub

Now Open: A Fried Chicken, Waffles and Rap Joint Lands in Leederville

Just as Perth fried chicken fans despair over the imminent demise of William Street’s Meat Candy, local R’n’B DJ Karl Blue comes to the rescue with Leederville’s Thuggs Fried Chicken & Waffles. His concept is simple: fried chicken, waffles and rap music. Despite the negative connotations of the restaurant’s name and theme, Blue says Thuggs is about proving a point. “In high school me and my friends were stereotyped as thugs,” says Blue. “We didn’t pay any attention to it because thugs were the
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