Cafes, Restaurants and Dining in Perth, Western Australia.

Avocados Bar & Grill

2 Mount Street, KelmscottChickenOH
Ph: (08) 9496 3838
www.avocadosperth.com

More than just Avocado

Many years ago, I attended a wedding at Avocados in Kelmscott and I still remember it well – it is such a lovely venue for a wedding, with a beautiful gazebo for the ceremony situated on the bank of the Canning River which is covered in water lilies and surrounded by green leafy trees.

It’s still a great wedding venue, with a 90-seat function room and accommodation available in chalets nearby. There’s also a playground for the kids, it’s dog-friendly, and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – catering for all ages from kids to seniors, with a comprehensive menu including all day breakfasts featuring (you guessed it) avocados.

DSC_3472With a relaxed vibe and reasonable prices, it’s a great spot for a coffee and cake or something a little stronger as it’s fully licensed with an excellent range of wines, beers and cocktails. They have live entertainment on the weekends, and you can choose to dine indoors or outdoors, on the deck or by the river. While only 30 minutes or so from the CBD, you feel like you’re out in the country.

It was a very hot day when we went to Avocados, but there was a lovely cool breeze coming off the river and it was quite pleasant in the shade, so we chose to eat outside. We started with the Vegetarian beetroot risotto with sweet potato, spinach, pine-nuts and beetroot vinegar cooked in vegetable stock. It was full of earthy natural sweetness from the fresh beetroot and sweet potato and very colourful as the beetroot dyed it a lovely hot pink. A glass of 2018 Azahara Pinot Grigio (Victoria) cut through the glugginess of the rice.

Next, we tried the Asian style chicken thighs with bean shoots and green vegetable with light curry style broth. Following Brad’s recommendation, we poured the broth over the chicken and found it emphasised the avours. The 2018 Butterbox Chardonnay (NSW) really brought out the taste of this dish as well.

Brad Richards was owner and chef at Roleys on the Ridge for thirteen years, earning a Gold Plate Award during his time there. He became SeafoodV2head chef at Avocados in 2017 and bought the business in February 2018. His years of experience showed in the wines he recommended with each dish – all making good matches. After beginning her career as Brad’s apprentice chef at Roleys, Amy Irwin is now head chef at Avocados.

Arguably the most popular dish on the menu is the Seafood Trio Plate – beer battered red spot, chips, salt and pepper squid with saffron slaw, and Panko prawns with smoky eggplant mayonnaise. Although fried, it wasn’t greasy, and the house-made coleslaw was fresh and tangy. Brilliant value and de nitely our favourite dish on the day. Brad matched this with a 2018 Totara Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, NZ), a winner with seafood, and the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular choices for lovers of avoursome, aromatic white wines.

Our final dish was another popular choice from the menu – Tender beef llet sandwiched between two sweet potato hash browns stacked in a tower, surrounded with hollandaise and gravy – a stunning presentation. The sweet potato was grated, giving it a nice texture – crispy outside and slightly chewy within. The hollandaise and gravy were delicious, and the cherry and spice notes of the 2015 Hill & Valley Pinot Noir (SA) set off the beef beautifully.

by Georgina Goss

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