Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Precinct

Tel: 9355 2880
Website: http://www.theprecinctvicpark.com.au/

 This frrreeeezzing Saturday morning at 8am, hubby and I picked up Mrs Gee from her car service to go grab some breakfast before visiting Mrs YM and her new bubs.  I had my mind set on The Imp but surprise, surprise they were full.  I remembered walking past The Precinct a couple of nights ago with hubby so decided to give it a go.  We walked in and found out that they didn't serve breakfast until 9am!  With 30 minutes to spare, it was a decision of should we stay or should we go?  Hubby knowing that I really wanted to try The Precinct said we should stay and have drinks and maybe a muffin (if we're hungry) until 9am. 

There wasn't too much to choose from on the menu, the descriptions weren't particularly enticing but it was refreshing (not your stock standard breakfast choices).  We ordered our drinks and a muffin to start with and when 9am came we ordered our breakfast (all hot breakfasts because it was frrreeezzing!).  

Our order
2 x Lattes
1 x Green tea
1 x Today's muffin $4.50
1 x Green eggs and ham, confit tomatoes $18
1 x Slow cooked eggs, soft polenta, confit tomatoes $16
1 x Breakfast cassoulet, beans, slow cooked eggs, pork $20

Food and presentation - 4/5
The taste and presentation of our breakfast exceeded my expectations.  The food was fresh and tasty, different blends of flavours and combinations to keep breakfast interesting.  Presentation was funky which is definitely something to commend the chefs at The Precinct for.  The few times I've had green eggs at various other places, it was pretty much green scrambled eggs and some bits and pieces on the side but at The Precinct, green eggs just became more interesting (see the photo!).  The slow cooked eggs were a bit runny for me but cooked perfectly if you like your eggs "just" cooked.

Slow cooked eggs, soft polenta, confit tomatoes $16
Green eggs and ham, confit tomatoes $18
Breakfast cassoulet, beans, slow cooked eggs, pork $20
Service - 3.5/5
When we arrived at The Precinct, the waiter and waitress at the front were friendly and welcoming.  Our waitress was attentive and came to ask us if things were ok periodically and she came to take our breakfast order at 9am on the dot.  A bottle of water accompanied us to the table as soon as we sat down and the food came out in a timely fashion (they weren't very busy at that time).  However, as breakfast came to an end, a gentleman who I assumed is the manager (he had that manager look) came to clear our table, I tried to make conversation by asking how long they've been open, etc - he answered my questions but we could tell he didn't really want to speak to us.  When we went up to pay, he was just not interested at all, no polite words to welcome us back next time, bit of a turn off after a nice breakfast.

Atmosphere - 4/5
Decor was cool, stylish and seating was comfortable enough but they need a heater!

Value for money - 3.5/5
I love going out for breakfast but it's expensive for what you get.  At least at The Precinct, the presentation and the unconventional menu made it more worth the price.

Will probably go back to try lunch and/or dinner.

Taste Test Total Score 15/20
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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Zambrero

Tel: 6161 9436
Website: http://www.zambrero.com/

It's been a while since my last food entry - sorry! In the two months that I've been MIA (missing in action), I've been to Hong Kong and Taipei, celebrated my hubby and also my 30th birthday (my birthday celebrations were spread out over 3 weeks....), welcomed a new addition to our family (my nephew who is completely and utterly gorgeous!), hosted 2 baby showers and also welcomed the first baby to my close group of girlfriends (baby still has no name but apart from that he is mega cute!).  So that was my life in a nutshell but now I'm baaaaaack and will try to catch up on most of my food adventures during that time...hopefully I can remember all the details.  To ease myself back in, I'm going to blog about Zambrero....

Today was a day full of eating (what's new?), I had breakfast at The Beaufort St Merchant (I will blog about them soon...) with Miss Em, Miss Arr, Mr Arr and Miss Pi then went shopping around Mount Lawley with Miss Em and Miss Arrr.  After about 3 hours of shopping, Miss Em and I were hungry!  Miss Em suggested Zambrero, a fast food style Mexican place - I've never been there before and was quite intrigued.  It reminded me of Subway but Mexican style, instead of choosing your bread you choose whether you want a burrito, tortilla, taco or bowl then you choose you filling, salsas and lastly the sauce.  Between the three of us, we ordered 2 burritos (a lamb and a beef) because Miss Em warned us that they were quite big and it ended up being more than enough.  The young lady serving us kindly cut the burritos in half for us upon request.

Food and presentation - 4/5
The burritos which were wrapped in aluminium foil was quite yummy and chocablock with filling! I have no complaints about the taste, the ingredients were fresh and with it being a fast food outlet, the presentation was as expected so I'm not going to take points away for that.

Service - 3/5 
It's a fast food outlet peoples, the fact that they cut the burrito in half for us was already good enough for me!

Atmosphere - 4/5
Zambrero was actually quite funky which is unlike your usual fast food outlets.  I really liked the set up.  They had seats which looked out onto Beaufort St and a long wooden table in the middle of the shop where anyone can sit.  The three of us were happily chatting away after we finished our burritos.

Value for money - 3.5/5
A bit expensive for fast food BUT $10.50 for a burrito that was so well endowed, I didn't mind paying the price.  Also when you consider that they are working with the organisation Action Against Hunger (<= click on the link to find out more) to provide food relief to areas in need then it is definitely value for money. 

If I am ever in Mount Lawley (they also have an outlet in Leederville) and feel like something tasty and not overly filling, Zambrero will definitely be an option. 

Taste Test Total Score 14.5/20
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