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The Loose Box

BikeToEat | Apr 7, 2008 03:17 AM

We had a very nice meal at the Loose Box, www.loosebox.com.au in Mundaring. It was one of the best meals we had in the area. Many of the produce items on the menu are grown on the premises and it seems as if care is taken with each menu item.

For appetizer, I had the La Gambas du Golfe D'Exmouth en pate de brick (Tiger prawn, basil leaf, pate de brick, cured pineapple and passion fruit sauce) to start. The pastry exterior was crispy and the prawn was perfectly cooked. The pineapple and passion fruit flavors complemented the prawn well. My companion had the coconut milk/lemongrass yabby soup. It was flavorful though could have used more bits of yabby in it.

For entree, I had a salad of yabby tails, served with a salsa of tomato, cucumber and zucchini, with a light curried mayo on the plate. The curry was very, very mild and the dish could have used a bit more. The flavors were fresh and light. My DC had the soft Goat cheese, served with slow cooked tomatoes, Bonbon black olives, herb salad and garlic croutons, which was deemed very, very good.

For mains, I had the roasted, boned quail stuff with minced chicken, mushrooms and served with a cepes cream sauce. This was very nicely spiced and with a good earthy mushroom flavor. My DC had the oven roasted, lamb rack set on sweet potato mash with ginger, chives and garlic. He said the meat and the accompaniments were excellent.

Dessert was equally as good. I had a special of strawberries and grapes macerated with grand marnier with whipped cream and a merigue cookie. My DC had crepes filled with frangipani crème with chocolate sauce and home made vanilla ice-cream.

Service was prompt and friendly. We had wines paired to the courses, which our server helped us pick. I, unfortunately, can't remember them. The meal was pricey at $150AUD per person, but a very nice experience. We toured the grounds after our meal and left happy.

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