Today we celebrated Christine’s birthday by having High Tea at the Pan Pacific, in Origins Restaurant. It was a wonderful afternoon, with free flowing Sparkling which at $48 p/p is excellent value. We enjoyed a delicious mix of appetisers consisting of gaspacho, tempura prawn and duck terrine. The tiered stand arrived with even more goodies, including finger sandwiches, salmon tartlets, mini prawn cocktails, citrus tarts, macarons, panna cotta and of course scones with jam and cream. Apart from the appetizer plate, the other feature of this high tea is the very extensive tea menu. There are 34 blends of black, green and white teas. Today I had the ‘Happy Birthday’ blend which was delicious. Service was friendly and prompt and the selection is one of the best we’ve had. We all agreed that this was a great venue and coupled with great food and we will be back for certain.
After a walk at City Beach, Tracey and I decided to have breakfast at Clancy’s on the weekend. It was very busy, but understandable when you consider the fantastic weather and beach location – absolutely perfect! We got a bench table with a view relatively easily and Tracey ordered at the counter. The selection is good - eggs, wraps, fruit salad, pancakes etc. Tracey was not very hungry and ordered a selection of sides. I thought I’d write about that as it’s often a good option if you don’t feel like a big breakfast. Tracey had avocado, mushrooms, spinach and tomato’s all served in small dishes. A tasty and healthy choice if you don’t want to eat too much. I had fluffy pancakes with delicious berries. They were light and the berries were tangy. The serving was generous and I couldn’t finish them. We both ordered a refreshing mixed fruit juice, freshly made. It was just what we needed after our walk. It’s a very casual place and great for families.
Recently Christine and I went to Typica in Claremont for breakfast. I’d been before for brunch as they serve breakfast all day on the weekend which is great if you’re slow to get going. This time, our visit was early and we got seated straight away. Typica is a large venue, and each time I’ve been it’s been full. The breakfast menu is extensive with lots of variety. Even though it’s busy, the service is very prompt. After deliberations, we both decided to go for the French Toast. I don’t usually go for French Toast as the thought of it often doesn’t live up to expectations. No so in this case. The French Toast was very light on the inside and the crispy bacon and maple syrup was really delicious, the best French Toast I’ve had. We thoroughly enjoyed it. As you know, Christine loves her coffee and it’s very good here. She got hers to go as we were full after our delicious breakfast and juices. I liked it and will be back. Typica is especially convenient if you want a bit of retail therapy at Claremont Quarter after a nice breakfast on the weekend.
I’ve recently discovered what I assume loads of people already know, that Food Store in West Perth is fabulous. On the occasion I’ve been in during the week, it’s busy with the office crowd. I like to go for Breakfast on Saturdays. It’s local and becoming a favourite of mine. There are enough people there to indicate it’s popularity, there’s a chatter and a buzz. It’s never crazy busy (when I’ve been at least) so you’re left feeling a bit overwhelmed (as can be the case at the ‘hip’ places). The Yogi’s go there after class, the Cyclists frequent there and I’ve often been after a PT session. There’s always a nice smile and friendly reminder of the days special on offer when you walk in, and I’ve always got a table straight away. When I want to eat, I don’t want to wait around after having given my name to be added to a list. It’s a nice, casual place. The Food is awesome! I’ve had several of the items on the menu and still not had everything. I can’t go on because it will take forever, but tasty, slightly out of the ordinary and healthy is what is on offer here. Yes, they have eggs and the big breakfast with lots of extra’s if you wish; they have pancakes; french toast; yoga toast; ricotta, spinach and honey on toast – its all good. So very good. I’m reluctant to share because I don’t want it to become one of those places you have to put your name down, but I have to share this little gem because the food is so good.
I’ve not blogged for a while, which is not to say I’ve not been out and about sampling the High Tea’s that Perth has to offer – I certainly have! Recently I went to The George (again). I have to say it is one of my favourite High Tea venue’s in the City. The service is always good and the food is to die for. There are several packages available, ranging from tea only to sparkling and premium Champagne. Whether I go with a friend for a catch up or with a large group for a celebration, I’ve not been disappointed yet. The open sandwiches are delightful and feature brie, wagyu, and chicken. The savouries satisfy all tastes, my particular favourites are the blinis and a lovely warm caramelised onion tartlet – scrumptious! The petit fors consist of a mini lemon meringue, delicious macaron and a very rich chocolate cup with chocolate mousse and popping candy – strange sensation, decadent taste. The star of any High Tea is the Scones, and at The George, they are very very good. The right combination of slight crispness on the outside and very light on the inside, not dry at all – in my opinion, very close to the perfect scone. I’ve always enjoyed High Tea at The George and I’ll continue to go back as they do change the menu so if you go in a few months you may get something different again.
In the last year the Duxton Hotel has refurbished and renamed the Firewater Grille, the location that their High Tea is served. The décor is sumptuous, exactly what you’d expect from a big hotel. The service staff are excellent, friendly and prompt. I had visited the Duxton on previous occasions and was impressed by the transformation. Their High Tea is a popular affair. The tiered plates come out stacked with decadent goodies, I couldn’t wait to tuck in. The bottom plate was home to the sweet treats, the middle tier held delicious finger sandwiches and scones on the top. The sweet treats were delicious, but very rich! So rich that I struggled to finish most of mine, and I’m a sweet tooth. The Macarons were delicious, light and chewy. The standout was the small dark chocolate mousse with popping candy on top – a weird sensation but fun. It too was very rich and I was unable to finish it. The scones however were delicious. The right mix of light and fluffy with a nice crust, served with strawberry jam and cream. There’s plenty of competition in Perth for High Tea, I wonder if they will regularly change their selection as this one was not entirely to my liking, but the quality of the food could not be faulted.
Tracey and I were out for a Sunday morning walk recently and afterwards we went to Piccolo’s Corner in suburban West Leederville for breakfast. It’s tucked away and unless you’re a local you might not find it. Being a local has another advantage – no need to park! I imagine if you got there early or didn’t mind a walk then you’d be fine. It’s worth it! The place is very small, but the food is unique and delicious. There’s a courtyard too. By all accounts the coffee is good too (judging by the queue out the door!). If you don’t mind waiting a table will become available, as one did for us after a 5min wait. When we ordered we were politely informed there would be a 30min wait, no worries – a chance for us to catch up and enjoy our drinks. The menu has some usual breakfast fare and some lovely surprises. I was immediately attracted to the ‘Eggs with Feta and Beetroot Relish’. I go out for many breakfasts and this is a recent standout dish for me. Served on garlic rubbed ciabatta, the salty feta and sharp beetroot relish complimented the eggs wonderfully. If you’re in the area or out for a stroll I think you’d enjoy it.