I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published April 12th 2017
Sirloin steak for kids and the perfect tortellini
My husband isn't really an 'online review' sort of guy, preferring to go by word of mouth. So when a mate told him how good Embers Restaurant and Gourmet Deli (the name they go by on their Facebook page, but they are also known as Embers Wood Fired) was, off we went for our Sunday outing.
His mate was not wrong. From the start, our experience was top-notch. We turned up at 11:20am hoping for an early lunch – no problems, they were happy to accommodate. Perhaps they see a pregnant woman and just assume I'll start a fight otherwise.
There was plenty of space to park ourselves inside the restaurant and a massive stack of highchairs. The restaurant is simply stunning – the tables and chairs are made from beautiful, thick jarrah and suit the interior décor to a tee.
We were given lunch menus and were initially a bit overwhelmed with all the choices – it's a largely Italian inspired lunch menu, consisting of starters and light meals, a huge number of mains, plus salads and burgers. My husband was set on the chilli mussels, while I chose the tortellini carbonara after a bit of deliberation.
If you have children, Embers have a huge kids menu for both breakfast and lunch – the lunch and dinner menu are the same, with a couple of pizza options added to the dinner menu. I was surprised to see a kids' sirloin steak as a menu option, but I guess some kids do actually eat something other than chicken nuggets when they dine out. We eventually settled on the kids' scrambled eggs for our toddler, since we were still in the twilight zone between breakfast and lunch.
My husband described his chilli mussels as 'up there' which coming from him is a BIG compliment. I don't eat chilli mussels so I have to go by his word, but he described them as cooked to perfection and packed with chilli and garlic flavours.
As usual, the scrambled eggs pretty much went to waste, sparking another 'why do we bother buying a kids meal' argument between the husband and I. Our toddler is usually ratty by this time of day as naptime looms, so an uneaten lunch is nothing new, and no restaurant should be offended by such activity. The eggs were pretty delicious though, I must say.
Embers Restaurant and Gourmet Deli has dine in and takeaway options available. For restaurant diners, they have a huge wine, beer and cocktail list to accompany the impressive menu. Hopefully next time we visit we can savour our meals a bit longer, instead of rushing through them to get our cranky little dictator home to her bed.