Monterey’s – 15 May 2011

Cuisine: International, buffet
Location: Perth CBD, Pan Pacific Perth Hotel (formerly The Sheraton)

I have a more recent food review of Monterey’s.

About a month ago, The Sunday Times had another of those coupons allowing a two for one deal at Monterey’s. My last visit was quite disappointing, however, under the change of ownership and rebranding of the former Sheraton Hotel to Pan Pacific Perth Hotel, I was keen to see if there was any difference.

My family and I had gone on a Sunday afternoon and were taken to our table. I was feeling quite hungry so I went down to the buffet and helped myself to a variety of offerings.

They had a marinated eggplant which was tough, roasted capsicum and cherry tomatoes, feta, tender squid rings, smoked salmon (personal favourite), delicious mussels in a lovely dressing, and marinated artichokes. A really good start to my eating experience with the mussels being an initial standout and of course, smoked salmon which was tasty as always.

On my next round I helped myself to several cooked prawns and some thousand island dressing. Fresh crabs and oysters are available too with tartare sauce and a squeeze of lemon, however, I’m not a huge fan of either and were omitted from my plate. A bowl at the centre of the table and small bowls of lemon water to clean your hands are provided as you rip the prawn heads off and clean the prawns of the shells and devein them. The prawns were chunky and delicious in the thousand island dressing.

I noticed initially, that the service was not up to it’s usual level of attentiveness as a waiter will always come around and ask you if you would like any drinks and fill your initially empty glasses with water. However, after the initial period, the service returned to it’s usual high levels.

After enjoying the prawns, I went on to the mains and sampled a range of dishes on offer. I had small servings of:

  • Fried rice – not too bad
  • Fried polenta cake – slightly crunchy but with a soft and slightly cheesy texture which was yum
  • Mediterranean chicken – lovely influence of black olives and other flavours that represented the Mediterranean and lived up to the name of the dish
  • Delicious tender and not fishy Barramundi in a cauliflower and mustard sauce encased with a soft risotto
  • A coarse flavoured coconut chicken curry that was lovely
  • A typically Asian flavoured char siew pork with rich flavours shining through.

There were more offerings but one can eat only so much. They also have chefs in the middle of the buffet that can cook a fresh batch of Teriyaki beef, tom yum soup, or another dish which escapes my mind. Bread rolls and a cheese selection are also some of the other choices to consider on the buffet along with a varied selection of salads and fresh fruits.

And last but not least, there is the dessert bar. I tried some of the warm bread and butter pudding which was lovely and also some french pastries which were delicious. Plenty of other desserts available such as chocolate fondue, mango panacotta, macadamia and walnut tart, and pavlovla. There’s also a range of ice creams which I helped myself to. The vanilla was just as you would expect, the strawberry hit you with a really fresh strawberry flavour which was delicious and the best out the 3 flavours, and the last was a Ferrero rocher inspired chocolate ice-cream which tasted just like the Ferrero rocher. I was full but satisfied.

Monterey’s Food Review Summary

Verdict: For $27.50 with the coupon the variety is amazing and gives you the chance to try nearly everything or just what you like. The quality certainly went up several notches from my last visit and the offerings have expanded. The seafood was delicious as was the quality of the mains, with the Barramundi a standout. The desserts were also delicious, especially one of the French pastries and the strawberry ice cream. There’s certainly been a turnaround under new management and the quality and taste really has lifted as well as the range which has expanded slightly to really provide plenty of options to meet a range of tastes.
Price: Expensive (Bargain with coupon)
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent (with coupon even better)
Recommendation: Highly Recommend

See my prior blog posts:
Food Review of Monterey’s – Nov 2010
Food Review of Monterey’s – Jan 2009

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Monterey's - 15 May 2011, reviewed by Shaun on 2011-05-15T22:14:52+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5