Monday, 2 July 2012

Harvest (North Fremantle, Perth WA) - CLOSED

1 Harvest Rd
North Fremantle Western Australia 6159
(08) 9336 1831
    Tue-Fri 11:00 - 15:00
    Tue-Sat 18:00 - 22:30
    Sat-Sun 8:00 - 15:00

Harvest on UrbanspoonWhen you get to Harvest, you might think that you are trespassing your neighbour's property and catching them, by surprise, eating in their front yard - so familiar, cosy and unpretentious the place is. Once you enter, the suburban home has been transformed into a classy rustic-chic restaurant, with many different seating areas, a wine-heaven private room, a wonderful fireplace foyer, an intimate beautiful corner around the front window (perfect for couples), plenty of unusual decoration elements organically mixed, and a wonderful courtyard. The courtyard has a special energy, which completely separates it from the rest, not just spatially - if the day is sunny and clear, the light cascades in a diffused way, and the place looks and feels dreamy and ethereal. For a moment I thought that those red curtains and those tables were part of a famous scene in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Oh Gosh, if the light and atmosphere of a place were edible - this courtyard would be a feast!

Their breakfast menu has an interesting mix of edgy egg dishes, some of them mixing savoury and sweet flavours in an unusual way; they also have traditional breakfasts, just in case you do not like surprises on your plate in the morning, but keep in mind that they do not alter the menu to suit your taste. I had a textured mix of eggs mixed with cooked and pureed cauliflower, flaked almonds and raisings - odd looking but tasty.

Serving sizes are small-ish, at least for the cauliflower eggs and the waffle, but the scrambled eggs with sausage & bacon were huge, as well as the bread slices. I cannot understand the reason of the small portions of some of the dishes: Cauliflower or bananas are not rare plants that you need to collect from the Swiss Alps and the other ingredients are not expensive either  - be generous when possible.

Their coffee is  well prepared and creamy but weak in flavour and aroma, and served in a tiny cup. I almost fainted when I was told they did not have skim milk - unacceptable. Pas possible!

The service was fast and courteous.

Pricing for the breakfast was not cheap but not expensive either. Prices for lunch, tasting menu and dinner are pricey, though.

Their tasting, lunch and dinner menus are very interesting and tempting, and the place is definitely worth another visit, not only for the food, but for the place itself. 

Layout: 9

Ambience: 8.5
Pricing: 6

Service: 6.5
Coffee: 6.5

Food (breakfast): 6.5


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