Cafes, Restaurants and Dining in Perth, Western Australia.

The Grosvenor Hotel

339 Hay St, Perth
Ph: (08) 93253799
www.thegrosvenorperth.com.au

Old Style, New Charm

Perth’s Grand Old Lady has had a major renovation but has managed to retain all of its charm and true pub values. The team at the Grosvenor have created a more open and airy venue that reflects their intention to continue to provide great food, wine and beer to the city as it has done for the last 150 years in a comfortable yet vibrant inner city atmosphere. The evolution is ongoing with the Cafe area about to be transformed and the kitchen expanded.

The Grosvenor has always had a brisk lunchtime trade, ensuring that hungry city workers are fed and watered quickly and efficiently, with a wonderful choice of craft beer, cider and wine and a mouth watering choice of food cooked with skill and flair, administered by a helpful enthusiastic crew. On any given day you will find a variety of city workers from lawyers and bankers to secretaries and students relaxing in the leafy beer garden, or sitting in the Hay or Hill Street Bars, having a working lunch, stacks of papers nestled between chicken parmies and pints of beer, or watching a game of cricket or footy on one of the flat screen TV’s.

This brings me to my afternoon sampling some of the food and wine that the Grosvenor has to offer in the easy company of owner Richard Moody and Head Chef Shane Atkins. Richard is passionate about his chosen industry, his involvement with the Grosvenor spanning 12 years, 10 as the current owner. Chef Shane has been at the Grosvenor for 6 years, working at Jojo’s and the Sheraton before taking up the Head Chef position. His love of food shows in the diverse menu, execution and presentation of his dishes.

Richard suggested some great wines to accompany our food, starting with a 2009 Running with Bulls Tempranillo (SA)to go with the ‘Mates Plate’ (a share platter of tasty house pate, tender Thai beef salad, Tandoori chicken wraps, deep-fried lamb and mint agnolotti, toasted fasette and dipping sauces). The light, well-flavoured and extremely drinkable Tempranillo worked equally well with everything on the plate.

The 2009 Wirra Wirra ‘The Lost Watch’ Riesling (Adelaide Hills, SA) really brought out the flavour of the mango in the ‘Jamaican Jerk Spiced Chicken Salad’. I would have liked a little more bite in the spices personally, but not everyone likes it hot! The chicken slices were really moist, tender and only mildly spiced, and sat on a salad of spinach leaves, tomato, onion, red capsicum, mango, lime and cashews, topped with crisp rice sticks and a mint yoghurt drizzle.

The 2010 Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (Margaret River, WA) had a delightful fruity aroma and flavour, complementing without overpowering the ‘Tuscan Grilled Barramundi’ – herb-crusted barramundi fillet served on a parmesan and herb mash with stir-fried Asian greens.

The pinnacle of our meal was the signature dish – ‘The Grosvington’ – Shane’s take on Beef Wellington, consisting of prime Harvey beef, grilled medium rare and topped with a home-made pate and mushroom duxelle in puff pastry, served with rosemary and sea salt crushed potatoes, buttered snow peas and a teriyaki sauce. The beef was beautifully tender and it made an impressive looking stack. Matched with a nice glass of 2009 Pirathon Shiraz (Barossa Valley, SA) this was a standout dish – I’ll be back to have it again!

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By Georgina Goss

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