Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pub Food
Location: East Perth
We caught the yellow CAT bus and took a trip to East Perth for a leaving lunch at The Royal. On a lovely day with bright blue skies, the view of the Swan River is amazing. The Royal is a bar / restaurant with a huge function room and alfresco dining area where you can enjoy the summer breeze. There’s a nice selection on the menu at very reasonable prices. We started off with some breads. On one plate was garlic toast which was delicious. The other plate I was able to taste had toasted Lebanese type breads with servings of beetroot relish, pumpkin relish, and olive oil with balsamic vinegar. Pretty good. The place was busy but we were told there was a 30 minute wait. In the end, the meals took about an hour which I thought was unacceptable. Fortunately, the breads tided me over. I ordered the grilled blue bone groper with beer battered fries, tartare sauce and the Royal salad. For $20, the meal servings seemed adequate but to my mind on the small side. There were a reasonable amount of chips which were lovely, the salad was decent too and the tartare sauce lacked a bit of tang. I got what looked like half a fillet on my plate which was OK. I’ve been to some comparable places where you get a greater serving at better taste. The meal was average but the underweight serving was a blessing in disguise. While waiting for our meals, we spied a cabinet with cakes. After our meals, many of us left our seats for a closer inspection and we were able to order some desert. I went with the strawberry and raspberry cheesecake with a side of whipped cream and strawberry coulees. I really enjoyed the cheesecake but once again, they took a long time to get this out to us. There’s quite a selection which everyone took advantage of and you get a nice large serving of the cake or cheesecake with some real height to it.
Verdict: While a nice selection on the menu and a great venue with excellent views, the meals are quite disappointing for pub food. Comparable places offer more and are far tastier and delivered much quicker. The positives were the selection of cakes and cheesecakes which were very nice.
Recommendation: Try Once If You Want But Not Worth Visiting Again
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