It’s easy sometimes to get so fixated on all things new in Perth’s foodie scene that you forget about your old faves.
Brookfield Place might still seem like the new kid on the block but this May, one of its star tenants, The Heritage, turns four years old. Wait, what? Where did those four years go?
We dropped by the former Royal Insurance building at 131 St Georges Terrace on a recent Friday to find this chic, culinary oasis is as gorgeous and classy as ever.
Modelled on the cafe-bistros of Europe, it’s a soothing calm space of beautiful black and white marble floors, steel-framed windows, dramatically high ceilings, spectacular light fixtures and a Mad Men-esque vibe.
Basically, it’s the perfect Friday lunch spot.
After tucking into the fresh bread and whipped cream-like butter (nom nom), it was time to get down to the serious task of ordering lunch.
The a-la-carte menu looked inviting, but we thought we’d be mad men (see what I did there…) not to go for the express lunch deal, which comes in at a very reasonable $25 for a meal and a glass of wine or beer.
Let’s make one thing clear. These are not small lunch-sized meals.
The pasta of the day—chock full of delicious prawns, lemon, peas and asparagus—was a winning combo. It was plenty big enough to feel satisfied but still light enough not to feel half asleep for the rest of the afternoon.
The coq au vin was all kinds of sticky delicious, with chicken that was marinated in an amazing red wine concoction reminiscent of balsamic, perched on a bed of perfectly cut (and teeny tiny) potato gems and covered in crispy bacon.
Another standout was the bangers and mash—an Italian herb sausage with a scrumptious mess of bone marrow mash, parsley and a jus that I probably could have just had a big bowl of on its own. (Jus soup?)
I looked on with #foodenvy as one of my workmates gobbled up The Hamburger (with a beef and pork patty, cheese, bacon, bourbon sauce, caramelised onion and beetroot). It looked and smelt divine and is now firmly on my wish list for my next visit.
Dessert was always going to happen (um…research guys!) and it most definitely did not disappoint.
The chocolate tart with vanilla cream, strawberry mousse and wait for it…champagne bubbles (champagne bubbles are a thing!) was deliciously decadent but it was the New York cheesecake with berry compote that stole our heart…and our ability to eat dinner.
Well played, The Heritage, well played.
Want to know the location, opening hours and all the details? Find The Heritage in the Directory
Image credit: Nancy Hanna