Cuisine: Modern Australian
Location: Perth CBD, Parmelia Hilton
I have previously eaten at the Globe Wine Bar and Restaurant for lunch and at a private event which were a bit disappointing. The lunch was delicious but the serving was small and the meal took a very long time to be served. The canapes at the private event were poor. I was hoping my experience this time around would be far better since a few years have passed.
Walking into the Parmelia Hilton and then in to the restaurant, one is greeted with a pleasant spacious feel. I must have been one of the first in on the dot at 12pm with a few of the business types already at tables. I approached the counter and was taken to a choice of any table. The service throughout my lunch was excellent, as would be expected of a hotel so that was a good start. I was brought a menu and asked if I would like any drinks and offered a choice of newspapers to flick through if I wished. Why not? May as well catch up with what’s happening so I was presented with The West Australian, although the Financial Review was tempting. I was also brought a lovely warm bread roll full of seeds and delicious butter. I love a good piece of bread.
I decided to order the tasting plate which is also one of the dining offers in the Eat Drink Perth 2012 Passport. The tasting plate at $25 comes with (for lunch only) a complimentary glass of wine or beer or a soft drink. Since I’m not a drinker, I didn’t bother but was offered anyway without producing the coupon. I assume they must be offering it as a promotion for March 2012.
For $25, there’s quite a variety without being the full blown offering of a smorgasbord as is typical at Miss Maud’s Smorgasbord Restaurant or Pan Pacific Hotel’s Monterey’s. The price tag at such places is far higher. These are the items I helped myself to:
- Pumpkin Soup – lovely pumpkin flavour, smooth texture, needed a little more seasoning but the salt shaker on my table did the trick.
- Smoked salmon with capers and mustard sauce – I love smoked salmon so helped myself to a couple of servings. They also have a small bowl of capers and another of mustard sauce which both complimented the smoked salmon well.
- Coleslaw and blistered cherry tomatoes – the coleslaw was very fresh and not smothered with a sweet mayonnaise mixture. Rather, a very slight runny sauce keeping the ingredients fresh. The rawness gave a flavour slightly akin to Asian for some reason. I loved the blistered cherry tomatoes. Cooking them and then plunging them in ice cold water gives the cherry tomatoes another flavour.
- Roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese and rocket salad – great combination here with all the elements coming together from the creaminess of the goat’s cheese, the bitterness of the rocket, the tenderness of the other greens, the citrus of the orange slices, the firmness and earthy flavour of the beetroot, rounded out by the strong salty flavour of the shaved parmesan.
- Mushroom salad – large chunky mushrooms slices cooked and marinated it seemed, mixed with greens and pine nuts. Tasty.
- Roasted pumpkin – a slight sweetness that emerges from roasting, light and soft.
- Crumbed and deep fried tofu with Teriyaki sauce – this was a surprise, very crunchy outside with the tofu mixed with a mixture of some sort to disguise the soft silky texture one is expecting, rounded out by the hit from the Teriyaki sauce. This was a standout.
- Various accompaniments - pickled artichokes, gherkins, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese cubes, olives – yum
- Salt roasted chicken and beef – thin, tender slices of chicken and pinkish slices of beef which needed more flavour. There were an assortment of condiments so I guess this would have enhanced the flavour. However, adding a mustard seeded sauce to the chicken didn’t lift up the flavour significantly nor another sauce to the beef. A bit disappointing.
- Seafood salad – very simple, squid and prawn with a thousand island sauce which was very light and not intense or overly sweet. This was a real standout with the seafood tender and very fresh. The sauce added flavour but the seafood tasted as if it came out of the sea, such was the moistness and freshness.
I wonder if there was dessert? Maybe I took off a bit too quickly. Still, a satisfying lunch.
Globe Food Review Summary
Verdict: All in all, I quite enjoyed my lunch, the variety and the ability to choose what you want. I started with soup and moved on to a variety of salads and light mini dishes before moving to the proteins. It’s not a heavy meal and I was comfortably satisfied and sustained for the afternoon. I particularly enjoyed the crumbed and deep fried tofu in Teriyaki sauce; the seafood salad; the roasted beetroot salad with goat’s cheese, and of course smoked salmon. Excellent service and a pleasant setting to enjoy a quiet lunch.
See my prior blog post:
Food Review of Globe Bar and Restaurant – Nov 2007
Globe Wine Bar and Restaurant Details
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