Tapas night

Ok, here goes my third attempt at this post. Version one the words vanished, version two, the images didn’t post as a gallery and were huge!

Last week we visited Jezebelle in Guildford, opposite the always busy Alfred’s Kitchen.

Our party of four settled on the $46 tapas menu, talking too much and mistakenly thinking it was $46 for two not $46 each for a minimum of two.

Not that it mattered; we ended up with a diverse and tasty selection of food a little different to the usual tapas offerings of jamon, croquettes etc. This is modern Australian served share plate/platter/tapas style – not Spanish food!

The dishes were well presented and generously proportioned.

Highlights included the slow roasted beef with mini Yorkshire puddings and a chicken, bean and chorizo cassoulet (or stew as their menu calls it).

The mushroom terrine was also full of flavour but more of a roulade to my mind, consisting of rich mushrooms topped with melted brie, encased in a border of  pastry.

One that didn’t quite hit the mark was the seared scallops with mandarin dressing and apple mint coleslaw. The scallops were a little spongy and lacked flavour.

Desserts are in the $14 to $15 range which just about every mid range cafe-restaurant in Perth is charging these days.

Two of the  group chose the lavender creme brulee which had a nice crust caramelised top that cracked when tapped with a spoon.

For me, it was the melting chocolate fondant served, intriguingly, with a small side dish of balsamic vinegar and quenelle of vanilla marscapone. An interesting twice on serving a rich dish with ice cream or double cream.

The stylish restaurant interior gives a nod to 1920s New York. Word has it the art deco building was once a local funeral home.