A Perth woman who felt ripped off by the cost of a simple weekend fry-up breakfast says she could have got the same thing for half the price at a petrol station — but believes it is a sign of the times.
Tania Lewis was holidaying in Busselton, in Western Australia’s South West, over the weekend when she ducked out for a morning meal at one of the popular tourist region’s cafés.
She forked out $19 for bacon and eggs but was severely underwhelmed when the meal was delivered to her table.
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On the plate were two pieces of toasted white bread, a few rashers of bacon, two small poached eggs and some butter.
While she technically “got what I ordered”, Lewis was caught out by the small portions and pondered whether the cost was worth it.
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She was stung further when she had to pay $10 for a “warm” juice, taking her total cost to $29, but resisted naming and shaming the eatery.
“I don’t mind paying for good food if it’s good value,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.
“(The meal was) basically a deconstructed bacon and egg sandwich. I could have gone to a BP and got that for $9.”
Lewis shared her experience on X, formerly Twitter, where her post has been viewed 170,000 times and drawn comments from across the globe.
“$19 breakfast at Busselton. Would you pay for this?” Lewis posed to her almost 6000 followers.
Tania Lewis spent $19 on bacon and eggs and was underwhelmed. Credit: Tania Lewis/X
One person to respond labelled the cost of the mini-meal “appalling” and added that “surely we can do better than this”.
Another noted that the “eggs are well cooked as is the bacon” but said the “butter and supermarket bread is lazy”.
“Doesn’t seem that long ago that this would have been $10 or $12 tops,” a third person commented.
Others however defended the restaurant, saying inflation and the tourist location were contributing factors.
‘Not worth it’
“Certainly not worth the money, but cafés and restaurants have so many overhead costs and regulatory requirements now, it’s probably reasonable,” one person argued.
It’s not the first time a pricey meal has been called out on social media in recent times.
In September, an Aussie diner revealed they had paid close to $19 for a croissant and orange juice at Brisbane Airport, while a NSW café was also slammed for charging $18 for a takeaway banana bread.
A café was slammed for charging customers $18 for a ‘takeaway’ banana bread amid the rising cost of living. Credit: Reddit
Lewis never grizzled about the quality of her breakfast, saying the eggs were “cooked perfectly”, and conceded she could have had the bread toasted more to her liking if she had asked.
“For me, (the price) was a sign of the times,” she said, acknowledging the tough economic circumstances.
Australia’s inflation grew 5.4 per cent through to the September quarter, down from six per cent in the June quarter and well below the peak of 7.8 per cent from the December quarter of 2022.
Treasury expects inflation to slow to 3.75 per cent this financial year before easing to 2.75 per cent in 2024/25.