Essentials: 200 West Coast Highway, Scarborough WA
Open for dinner 6.30pm to 9.30pm daily
The Sunmoon restaurant forms part of a boutique resort in one of Perth’s famous beach precincts, Scarborough. The restaurant itself is a moderately small and intimate space, the décor dark and modest, as you walk through the entrance you are greeted by stainless steel wine racks, black tables and chairs and the only splash of colour are the red candle holders upon each dining table.
Located in the heart of Scarborough the Sunmoon restaurant should be in a paramount location for a sunset view, unfortunately it is situated one street further from the beach on West Coast highway and the otherwise glorious view of the waterfront is interrupted by the blaring lights of a service station and Observation City.
We had chosen this restaurant because of a local advertised deal through www.travelzoo.com.au which included a tasting plate for two, a main course, a side dish and dessert plus a bottle of wine – all for $95. Having eaten at Sunmoon restaurant some months before I thought this was a fantastic deal and I was excited to see what culinary delights they had on offer this time around.
We were directed to our table, and the first thing we both noticed was how sticky the table top was, everything stuck to it, our plates, our cutlery and even us. It wasn’t very pleasant having to wedge the wine glass from the table every time I wanted a sip.
Our first course arrived – the chef’s tasting plate and I must admit we were both a little disappointed, the dish was more of an appetiser than a tasting plate. Plated very delicately were two small cuts of pork belly and fresh pineapple drizzled with a honey and chilli sauce. Although this course was small it was delicious – the pork belly was cooked perfectly and the flavours all complemented each other. The only thing letting this dish down was the fact I wish there had been more of it!
Our main course arrived; I had chosen the Arkady rack of lamb with lamb neck and sweet potato croquettes, braised cabbage and salsa verde. The lamb, while it was still nice and pink, was unfortunately not trimmed before cooking and was an exceptionally fatty piece of meat, aside from this the meat was well seasoned and had a lovely flavour when combined with the salsa verde. The croquettes had a subtle lamb flavour and a perfectly delicate crunchy coating, but they were over seasoned and therefore too salty. The braised cabbage had a distinct flavour which I really enjoyed, however I thought this was a strange choice to accompany the other flavours of the dish. Overall I was disappointed with this course and I didn’t quite understand how all the elements tied together.
My dining partner had selected Blackwood Valley braised beef cheeks, baby onion, crispy bacon lardons, and shimiji mushrooms with celeriac mash. The beef was deliciously supple and the meat fell away and melted in your mouth, the celeriac mash was unexpectedly lumpy and the texture was slightly unpleasant. The dark, rich sauce was extremely intense and overpowered the other elements of the dish, particularly the beef which should have been the main component. Overall this dish was tasty and well cooked but could use some minor improvements.
Our final course was dessert – this round I chose the cheese platter; Gorgonzola dolice, Capel club cheddar and Gippsland brie with a selection of pickle and quince. This was by far the highlight of my evening – each cheese was absolutely divine and this definitely ended my evening on a high.
My partner’s dessert choice was rhubarb and apple crumble with sauce anglaise. This was the most disappointing dish of the night. While the apple and rhubarb filling had a nice tangy flavour the crumble was not crunchy, instead it was dry and plain and the pastry was soggy and tasted like a store bought frozen pastry. Overall this dish would be better made at home, or not at all.
No complaints about the service of the evening – the two attending wait staff were very friendly and attentive throughout the night.
Overall I must admit I am glad we had a voucher and didn’t pay full price for our meal – the food was reasonable but I certainly had much higher expectations.
The GOOD: The cheese platter, the cheese platter, the cheese platter
The BAD: The apple and rhubarb dessert
The UGLY: the stickiness of the tables, please invest in some tablecloths
Thanks to Travelzoo for the voucher, but unfortunately I won’t be back.