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High Tea at the C Restaurant, Perth CBD

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We have dined at the C before and had high tea there before but never a vegan high tea, and on a lovely Easter Sunday, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to try one of the few vegan high teas available in Perth. To be honest, it didn’t really have to be vegan, but it did have to be dairy free, so sometimes with a dairy heavy option like high tea, it’s easier to go vegan. If you don’t already know, The C is on the 33rd floor of St Martin’s Tower on St George’s Terrace, and it revolves, so you get a full view of the Swan, King’s Park and beyond as you rotate around at the top of the CBD.

We were seated by the window and given water, but it was some time before we were offered tea. My partner chose to have coffee instead, wanting a soy decaf flat white, and we were quickly told that this ‘wasn’t included in the high tea package’, only percolated coffee was included and we would have to pay extra. At the end of the meal we found out that this was a full price coffee, not the difference in price between percolated and other coffees, which seemed a bit mean of them. Anyhow, I chose a green sencha tea which was very good.

When the three tier stand arrived, we anticipated a lovely tea.

The savouries consisted of rice paper rolls, spring rolls and sliders. The first one we tried was a slider with vegan cheese and tomato. The roll was nice but the filling was under-seasoned and a little bland. The spring rolls were filled with mainly cabbage but some other vegetables, but again seasoning was lacking and we sought out a salt pot to help. The rice paper rolls contained tofu, noodles, carrot, onion and cabbage, and came with a dipping sauce, but again they were bland. The fourth item was a roll with avocado and grated carrot. I didn’t try this but my partner said that the roll was tasty and the avocado nicely ripe.

Scones were good, with a choice or fruit or plain, served with jam and coconut cream. The coconut cream was quite runny, but the scones were nice and I enjoyed them.

The desserts were a bit of a mixed bag. Fruit kebabs were simple but nice. The cashew cheesecake was grainy and not really pleasant to eat. The chocolate caramel slice was sweet and heavy.

So what was the verdict? It was nice but not special, and to be honest a bit of a lazy menu. They really could have made a few minor tweaks to make it a great menu. Instead of vegan cheese and tomato in a roll, how about a vegan tart with caramelised onions, vegan cheddar and tomato. How about a slice of crispy tofu bahn mi – that would have been so tasty! A finger sandwich with vegan pesto and roasted veggies would have been superb. Some tasty mushrooms in the spring roll and some more seasoning would have elevated it to another level.

Instead of dense vegan cakes, we could have had a little vegan lemon meringue, the fruits could have been arranged on a little vegan flan, the cheesecake could have been whipped strawberries and coconut cream. Vegan isn’t all about grated carrot and dense nutty desserts!

Will we go back? I doubt it, unless they lift their vegan game.

Last visit date – April 2021

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The Point Bar and Grill, East Perth

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On Riverside Drive, near the Causeway, is a little oasis of restaurants right on the river with a view of Heirisson Island at Point Fraser. One of them is a bar and grill upstairs with a great glass balcony. We were seated with a fab view of the river and were looking forward to a classy lunch.

The menu is Modern Australian with lots of nice options. We chose some dukkah olives and kingfish to start.

Olives were varied and plentiful, and the kingfish was superbly fresh with pickled enoki, yuzu, miso, chilli, coriander and wasabi. There was a nice dollop of a romesco style sauce which was quite nice as a dip for the olives!

For main I chose pork belly with scallops, pea puree, apple, fennel and jus. It was very nice, and not overly fatty, but I would have preferred the crackling to be a little crispier. Scallops were divine, and the pea and apple had a nice depth of flavour.

My partner chose the beef cheek with crushed potato, peas, bacon, scorched onion, and pumpkin. It was lovely meltingly soft piece of beef cheek. We also chose a summer leaf salad, but I forgot to take a picture – this was a beautiful salad and really nice dressing.

All in all it was a great lunch with a lovely view, and some great flavours. I would definitely pay a return visit.

Last visit date – April 2021

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Andly Private Kitchen, West Leederville

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Andly Private Kitchen is in West Leederville, a bit away from the main eating and drinking areas of Leederville and Subiaco, but quite close to a few local breweries. Parking is fairly easy, but it’s not a place that you can just drop in. you have to book in advance, convey your dietary requirements and pay a deposit as well as choosing a price per head starting at $100 and increasing in $50 increments.

When you arrive it really is like walking into a treasure trove of a room, rich with artworks, oriental furniture and ornaments, it has a cosy feel like dining in somebody’s home lounge. We were seated on a long shared table sitting opposite each other, but far away enough from the next couple to maintain intimacy. We chose the $150 per head menu and looking around the room as dishes arrived it seemed that most had chosen either $100 or $150. We also asked for ours to be dairy free and minimal meat. The restaurant is ‘bring your own;’ for a small corkage charge, but we chose to stick with water on this occasion.

The kitchen is fairly open and you can see chef preparing everything. He clearly loves what he does, and when we arrived he was making the most perfect looking dumplings.

Our first dish to arrive was a scallop in crispy thin noodles with an apple salad. The scallop was perfectly cooked and nice and thick (not a half scallop that some chefs slice horizontally). The apple salad delicate and crisp with some tiny tomatoes and corn. This was a great start to the feast.

The next dish is where the dumplings came into play. Patagonian toothfish dumplings in a chicken broth – excellent intense broth, beautifully soft dumplings. Another really excellent dish, I just needed a tiny bread roll to scoop out the remnants of the broth from the bowl.

If you know me you will know that crispy aromatic duck is one of my favourite meals. In Australia, it tends to be Peking duck which is similar, but the duck is roast and not deep fried. We watched chef roll the pancakes, and they arrived in a perfect bamboo basket with a wonderful portion of sliced duck breast, some hoisin sauce and mango, cucumber and spring onion. To prepare the pancake you just put a little of everything in the pancake, roll it up and eat. This didn’t disappoint, and every item was perfectly prepared.

Fourth was probably my favourite dish (although finding a particular favourite among such a high standard was hard) – pork spare ribs with vinegar sauce, fig and pineapple. I can’t remember better ribs than this, soft and sticky and cooked just right.

Next came a whole lobster cooked in crispy floss with herbs and we were given some disposable gloves so that we could eat the lobster without getting messy fingers. I noticed that some other diners had prawns rather then lobster, so maybe this was one of the differences with the price point of the menu. The lobster was beautifully fresh and we really enjoyed the dish bit were beginning to feel quite full.

Finally dessert was fresh fruits with mango sorbet, again perfectly presented, and really refreshing. We noticed that other diners (the ones eating dairy) received a luscious looking slice of cake type dessert, and so this was the only course where I felt a little short-changed. Although the fruit was lovely, it was very simple and I know it’s not difficult to make a dairy free cake. Anyhow, the mango sorbet was intense and soft, and I did enjoy the jewel like appearance of the dessert.

So what did we think? Yes it was an amazing meal, where the ingredients were the star. Nothing seemed overly fussy, it was all simple food, well constructed and presented. The chef has an eye for menu creation and he certainly has access to some good produce. I wouldn’t be visiting Andly every week, but it is definitely a good venue for a special treat and a unique experience.

Last Visit Date – March 2021

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