Cafes, Restaurants and Dining in Perth, Western Australia.

The Terrace Hotel

237 St Georges Terrace

Ph: (08) 9214 4444

A Quick Lunch in Style

Situated in central Perth, at the western end of St Georges Terrace, The Terrace Hotel is heritage listed, and does a roaring lunch trade, serving up quick meals for people on their lunch breaks, as well as corporate lunches in rooms that can be booked out on request. The venue has a vintage Melbourne vibe, with multiple small rooms containing two or three small tables or just one large table, as well as an outside eating area at the front, and a very cool bar area out the back which has recently been refurbished.

Head chef Michael Illari and sommelier Antonio Vilaca have designed the menu to be approachable, but still challenge their customers’ palates. The menu is fairly minimalist, having four lunch mains (plus an additional five in the quick lunch options), but the benefit of this is that nothing on the menu feels tacked on. Attention has gone into the design of each dish and they are all crowd favourites.

The first dish we tried was the duck & foie gras terrine, which came with a pear chutney, mixed leaf salad and sourdough bread. The dish has a playful, fruity quality and the separate components can be mixed and matched to create interesting texture and flavour combinations that go well with a nice clean white wine.

Next we moved onto a selection from the Quick Lunch menu. The Quick Lunch menu includes a choice from five options and comes with a glass of beer or wine, or tea or coffee for $25. We decided we had to try the burger. Gourmet burgers have become pretty popular around Perth recently, and two common failings that this one managed to avoid are: The use of flavour combinations that clash, and being difficult and messy to eat because of a bad choice of bun. This burger uses simple, but very high quality ingredients. The meat is black angus beef, and rib bacon, but the key ingredient that makes it stand out is the cheese. The cheese is Maffra cheddar from Victoria’s Gippsland region, which, when eaten with the pickle on top, makes you feel like you’re eating a gourmet, American-style burger. I recommend ordering the burger with the Colonia Las Liebres Boarda, which is a juicy, rich and flavoursome red wine that matched the burger beautifully.

A lot of Michael’s dishes are internationally inspired and presented in novel ways, and Antonio’s wine list contains an extensive selection of local and imported wines. These have attracted a lot of attention to The Terrace hotel, which has been nominated for Gold Plate awards in both the New Restaurant and Wine List of the Year categories, and also in the AHA Awards for Excellence, in which they have been nominated in four separate categories (New Venue Award, Premium Restaurant Award, Wine List Award, and Sommelier Award).

The Terrace Hotel is definitely a great place to go to for a high quality lunch as long as you don’t mind paying at least $25 for your meal and a drink. If you are a wine buff then it is definitely worth checking out Antonio’s selection.

By Floyd Holmes

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