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The Greenhouse and Andaluz [Perth]

mr_gimlet | Feb 4, 201104:14 AM

Well, I'm over in Perth and bored so I thought I'd write up my dinners.

First, The Greenhouse. It's at 100 St Georges Terrace which places it smack bang in the middle of Perth. They have a below ground main space and and outdoor courtyard. On the roof is a garden where they grow stuff and open up for drinks on a Friday night. The menu approach is recognisable to anyone who eats in Melbourne: plates too large to be starters and too small to be mains. But as far as the food goes, Perth has caught up with the east coast: choriza and piquillo peppers with slow poached egg, duck with a great salad of witlof, plum and celery; a charcoal roasted trout with capers and parsley; a spatchcock with jewelled quinoa. And I had a great home made lemonade (Feb is alcohol free for me). Service was good, particularly for Perth: knowledgeable and pleasant staff. I was quite impressed for a CBD venue. Yes, it is a bit up itself, but so is anywhere in central Perth with an alcohol licence.

Second, Andaluz, just towards the river off St Georges and a block away from the Greenhouse. Its a tapas bar (the Spanish kind, not somewhere that sells small plates of stuff in prime numbered units). It was fine, but it is no Anada or Movida. Portions were quite generous, the Serrano was good, usual other suspects like mushrooms and goats cheese, croquettes, some nice scallops on pork. We escaped with an 80 dollar bill including a few glasses of wine (I was allowed a pass for the evening as it was an old school friend so had a glass). Wine by the glass was OK but not particularly good. The bottle list looked a lot better. Pata Negra is supposed to be better but is in the burbs. Service was a bit limited, with inexperienced waitstaff.

My main grumble with Perth is that everywhere in the CBD seems to be a bar first and a restaurant second. Its clear where the money is. I was looking for somewhere tonight (Friday) and anywhere that sold alcohol was packed to the gills - there was a very interesting new place at 111 St Georges, but tables were just full of drinkers. I ended up at a chinese BBQ restaurant in Northbridge that doesn't have a licence.

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