Friday, 15 June 2012

Sassellas Bar & Bistro (Perth WA)

Upper Hay St, Carillon City Arcade
Perth Western Australia 6000
(08) 9322 4001
    Mon-Fri 10:30 - 20:00
    Sat-Sun 10:30 - 16:00

Sassellas Bar & Bistro on Urbanspoon Sasellas is a shadow of what used to be - a family friendly unpretentious tavern offering nice pub food, with a nice range of Mediterranean and Australian dishes. The food used to be fresh, well cooked, the portions considerable. This has changed, and nowadays, despite the size being OK and dishes well plated, it is mostly fluffy stuff. The catch of the day is actually frozen food, refried and tasteless surrounded by a humongous serve of fries and salad (the latter very tasty), or minimal meat portions in the same arranged fashion. I mean, if you call a dish "lamb chops whatever" I expect at least two or three, not one. If you call something catch of the day, I expect the fish to be fresh. The traditional pies are good, their pasta OK, their fried food shrinking in size and quality by the year.
If I pay +20 dollars for a dish, I want the dish at least to be good in what I am asking, meat or fish, and the sides be just that, sides, not most of the plate. The prices are still considerable, but the quality and quantity of the food is just mediocre.

The only good thing about Sassellas, at present, is mostly the convenience of the place, its atmosphere and the service, which is still fast and extremely friendly. Also great the location and the balcony, although, to be completely honest,  the space in the latter has been maximised to the extreme, and the space between tables is minimal. Therefore, if you have a big bottom, mind it, because you could get stuck in there. ;O

I used to love and frequent Sassellas in the past, but after my last two experiences, last year, I am not hurrying to return. 


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