Archive for 20 December 2009

Chapter One

C1 from the inside

I was honoured to share a recent Friday afternoon at Chapter One Brasserie in Subiaco with Mark & Sybil, two fabulous friends who were visiting from Melbourne. The recommendation for our location came from an astute work colleague; I had not heard of the restaurant until mere days before our lunchdate.

Sybil & Mark

A delayed flight and driver who didn’t know which end of Hay Street was which led to our late arrival; the staff were very understanding when I called to say we would be late. An unexpected benefit from the lateness of the hour: we had almost the entire restaurant to ourselves.

we almost had the restaurant to ourselves

Our entrees were well worth the late start. Sybil ordered the baby calamari, which arrived with a generous serve of creamy home-made aioli, while Mark & I shared little bites of flavour via the tasting plate that comprised (L-R): chorizo with pesto; mini quiches; gazpacho shots; arancini; polenta batons with tomato chutney; pine nut stuffed mushrooms.

beautiful baby calamari

the delectable delights on the tasting plate

Our mains: Sybil ordered the very large entree-sized blue manna crab angel hair pasta; Mark ate the ocean trout atop a nicoise salad; I enjoyed carpaccio with parmesan and horseradish mayonnaise, because I compulsively order carpaccio whenever I see it on a menu.

blue manna crab angel hair

the ocean trout

I just can't resist ordering carpaccio when it's on the menu

We were all very pleased with our mains selections, as the empty plates will attest.

the licked-clean plates tell the tale

In the end, we were too full to fathom dessert; this was in spite of the tempting sticky date pudding that sauntered past at eye level as we awaited our entrees.

Our meal, including one beverage apiece, came to $55 each. Not super-cheap but certainly not overpriced for the food or the experience. I will definitely return.

Saying goodbye to a lovely brasserie

This post wasn’t exactly heavy on the text, but I think in this case my dodgy iPhone photos actually told the thousand words they should. Thank you for reading,

H :)

20 December 2009 at 11:14pm 2 comments

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