Eating Out restaurant review: Forklore, West Perth has huge brunch queues but it’s worth the wait

When I saw the cluster of people outside the City West shopping center on the weekend, I thought there must have been a sale on heaters at Harvey Norman.

Why else would people venture out on a grey and drizzly morning to the unremarkable center on the outskirts of the freeway?

This question was quickly answered as I noticed, like me, the bunch was trying to snag a table at this Asian-inspired brunch spot.


A Folklore mega fan revealed in line that the cafe pulls crowds every weekend and that the chicken katsu sando was a game-changer.

With this glowing recommendation, not to mention a growing post-birthday celebration hangover that needed to be fed, we rebelled against the waiter’s tip to not sit outside (if it started raining, we’d be drenched) and chanced a table in the elements.

The menu features 11 savory dishes, though there are some mouth-watering pastries and cakes on display if that’s more your vibe, with everything from classic eggs on toast to mentaiko spaghetti with creamy cod roe, parmesan, and egg.

The chicken katsu sando ($21.50) was a generous stack of fried chicken Maryland layered with yuzu and jalapeno slow, tonkatsu sauce, and amazuzuke cucumber between two slices of shokunin (soft and fluffy Japanese milk bread). The hangover demanded the chips on the side for an extra $3.50.

After spending a few seconds deciding how to tackle it, inevitably choosing to hunch over the plate and hope for the best, it was devoured quickly.

Because the bread is so soft, it’s not as much of a mission as you’d think to bite into it, and the delicious combination of the crunchy chicken, creamy slaw, and kick of spice means you don’t care if you look like a hot mess eating it.

Kimchi yaki udon ($23) was certainly erring more on the lunch side of brunch, with a large slab of confit and grilled pork belly, fried egg, and mushrooms on a large bowl of spicy udon.

The pork was tasty and well-cooked, and the noodles were the perfect option for the cooler weather, my nose running in no time. Plenty of katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) elevated the flavor even more and was shaved so thin it looked like they were dancing in the wind, adding a bit of theatre to the dish.

Luckily it didn’t rain, and we escaped our first and likely not last Folklore experience dry and with full and content tummies.

Address: Suite 11-12 City West Centre, 102 Railway Street, West Perth

The verdict: Unique and tasty menu, friendly service, and various delicious pastries and cakes. Be prepared to wait in line on the weekend.

Bella E. McMahon
I am a freelance writer who started blogging in college. I am fascinated by human nature, politics, culture, technology, and pop culture. In addition to my writing, I enjoy exploring new places, trying out new things, and engaging in conversations with new people. Some of my favorite hobbies are reading, playing music, making crafts, writing, traveling, and spending time with my family.