Now I’ve never been a huge beer fan, but when I was invited to a long table lunch in the sunshine with a bunch of Perth beer fans and bloggers I couldn’t pass it up. Who knew I would leave appreciating, and actually enjoying a cold brew.
The Boulevard Hotel is a classy bar and restaurant tucked away at the Floreat shopping centre hub. With a stunning, sun filled beer garden and a large restaurant floor it really is the place to be on a weekend afternoon (or any time really)! Coinciding with the long table lunch a beer brewing market was in full swing with companies including Pirate Life Brewery and Custard and Co sharing their knowledge and beers. Patron’s mingled with the brewers and discussed the finer points of the popular brews, whilst sampling their drink of choice. Unfortunately I couldn’t stick around for the four course affair, but the two courses I devoured were delicious and the perfect amount of food for a late lunch in the sunshine.
I’m a huge fan of a shared entree. Firstly because I can never make up my mind with too many choices, and secondly because you get to taste a little sample of everything. First up on the menu was the Vitello Tonnato with parmasen and grissini ($23). The thinly sliced cold veal was beautifully cooked, and worked magically with the creamy tuna mayonnaise type sauce. A perfect starter, I could probably have eaten the entire dish, as the slow cooked veal just melted in my mouth. Served with crunchy grissini (bread sticks), the combination of flavours was elegant and the perfect way to start a meal.
Entree number two was an Italian classic and a naughty favourite. The Roast Courgette Arancini ($16) were served in a pool of rich tomato sauce and featured a sweet red pepper flavour. Crisp on the outside and gooey and soft inside, the arancini were full of warmth and comfort. Again, I could have eaten the entire share plate as I’m a huge fan of the addictive dish and they were extremely tasty. The rice was cooked perfectly and I couldn’t fault the dish.
Although I certainly had my share of entree’s, there was no way I was skipping mains, and wasn’t it a cracker! The homemade Lamb Shoulder Tortellini with garden peas was the ultimate comfort dish and a great lunch time treat. The hand made pasta was light and airy, and stuffed to the brim with rich, slow cooked lamb shoulder. Although I do enjoy lamb I find it can be quite bland, but whatever this lamb had been cooked in gave a sweet flavour full of depth. The peas were a great textural addition, adding freshness to the Italian treat, and you can’t have pasta without parmesan! Decadent and glutenous, this dish is one not to miss!
As well as a scrumptious menu you can’t pass up trying a local beer at The Boulevard, and my beer of the day had to go to the Colonial Small Ale. As well as a fun artsy can, the entire top lifted off when cracking it open giving it an individual edge! The beer had a citrus undertone and went down very easily, working beautifully with my italian inspired meal choices.
Next time you’re in Floreat you must pop in and visit the great staff and delicious eats at the Boulevard. There is always something different happening and you’re guaranteed a great meal in a gorgeous setting.
What is your go to pub grub choice?