Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents There is just so much to like about King Street.
Beautiful stores, eclectic cafés, various watering
holes and endless people-watching potential, it
always makes me feel that Perth is truly growing
up! Add in a sexy little wine and tapas bar that is
serving excellent food at reasonable prices and it
just got a whole lot better.
Trappist on King is intimate and casual. It's all
old world with dark wooden furniture, an open
fireplace and in clear defiance of what, unfortu-
nately, has become a trend among tapas bars, not
cramped at all. The kitchen is open and right in
the middle. I like it here.
We dropped in on a Friday evening, after a spot
of shopping, and were warmly greeted and seated.
There's something for everyone on the wine list
with a good selection by the glass and the smaller
"shadows" are a great way to sample something
The menu is concise and unpretentious which
isn't a bad thing at all. Start with some chorizo.
At $8 for a generous portion of tender, smoky
chorizo, sprinkled with pine nuts and preserved
lemon, it's great value.
The guacamole is some of the best I have tasted.
Velvety avocado, left chunky, with finely chopped
red onion and bits of sweet tomato with just the
right mix of lemon and garlic. Tender, lemon-sea-
soned slithers of white anchovies melt in the mouth
($5) and go well with the grilled naan bread. Again,
at $1.50 per serve, it's deliciously good value.
At this point, I am beginning to realise that this
is tapas, but not as we know it.
The food is really good and the portions are
refreshingly large. Work your way down the menu
and try the rocket, pear and pecorino salad. Good
quality pecorino and super-fresh, peppery rocket.
We thought it was a little bland and mentioned
it to the waitress.
In no time, chef Josh Eastman was at our table,
with a beautiful truffle oil and lemon juice dress-
ing -- it was sublime. Corn and manchego fritters
were crunchy on the outside, oozy on the inside.
The only downside to our meal was the sar-
dines. They lacked flavour and texture and you
could tell they had been frozen. Lamb cutlets, the
dearest thing on the menu at $21, were fantastic.
We were expecting two, maybe three little cut-
lets. Instead, five plump, tasty, beautifully cooked
chops, fat still on for full flavour, were presented
on a bed of tasty braised lentils.
My dining companion, the harshest critic in the
west, declared them to be some of the best she had
tasted. Round off your meal with decadent churros
and chocolate sauce ($11) or a selection of cheeses.
Open Wednesday-Saturday, 5pm -- late. Corner
Murray and King Street, Perth. (08) 9321 4094
Trappist on King | Perth
Delightful King Street got even better
when the Trappist moved in.
upstairs 174 Scarborough Beach Road
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