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Published January 9th 2019
If you haven't instagrammed this yet have you even eaten?
Have you ever found yourself thinking how much better high tea would be if there was simply more food? I certainly have, which is why I love the idea of the Guy Tea at Fenian's Irish Pub. Three massive tiers of mouth-watering food, this dish is recommended to be shared by 6 -8 people.
The bottom tier consists of spring rolls, potato arancini, nuggets, crumbed prawns and sticky BBQ chicken. The middle tier includes 3 different types of sliders. Although the chicken slider was good, my friends described the beef as a delicious 'gourmet whopper' and it was definitely the fan favourite. The dish is topped with a massive serving of nachos, generously covered in guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Nothing about this dish says skimpy. They fill each plate to the brim and garnish liberally.
Since being introduced to the pub in November with a menu overhaul, the Guy Tea has been a fan favourite, attracting mates, families, rugby groups and interestingly, is wildly popular with women!
If you're not able to wrangle five of your friends together you don't have to miss out, each item is available individually on the menu. They have also released a delicious range of loaded schnitzels. 450gram schnitzels from locally sourced chicken with names like Katy Peri Peri, Home Alone or Samurai Jack, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser. The new menu also provides sufficient healthy options and a refreshingly large kids menu. With grilled barramundi, chicken nuggets and beef burger, you are sure to find something parents and little ones will enjoy.
What I also like about Fenian's is that it is part of the Novotel Perth Langley, so the quality of the food is excellent. The chefs not only cook for Fenian's but also cater for the main restaurant and banquets, so are used to a busy kitchen and as a result, the food comes out fast and fresh! Being part of the hotel chain also helped in entertaining my little one, with a kids chill-out area available in the hotel lobby.
We were there on a Thursday night, which I found out is their Traditional Irish Band night. In Ireland, it is customary for the band to sit down and play during dinner, welcoming anyone to join in. Which is exactly what happened while we were there, a number of people brought in their own instruments and sung along with the Irish band, The Broken Pokers. In a pub that I had previously dismissed as a tradie's after work destination, I was pleasantly surprised to feel a sense of community and welcoming to families.
Diners joining in with Irish band, The Broken Pokers
The pub also provides an acoustic duo on Friday nights for a relaxed vibe. They used to have live bands however mentioned they now prefer to provide a venue where people can come together to socialise and be able to hear each other talk over the entertainment.
While I was there, I also learnt that Fenian's was the first modern Irish pub to open in Perth. With a long history here, this pub has seen many stories and shared many laughs. Don't be mistaken, this pub still has a lot of life left, with some recent renovations and a sparkling new menu, I will definitely be returning to tackle the Guy Tea again!
At $75 per serving, this makes an affordable lunch with friends or dinner before a show. What I love most about this dish is that the owners had sharing in mind when they created it. The Guy Tea takes out the awkward conversation about whose meal cost more (it's only $12.50 each if there are 6 of you!) and invokes conversation. Whether it's commenting on how good the sliders are or passing over an arancini, this dish is best shared with light-hearted banter and a beer in hand.
You don't need to make a booking at Fenian's as they accept walk-ins (or run-ins, seriously, this Guy Tea is the real deal!). They also sell Guy Tea gift vouchers, so if you're in your mates top 5, its worth the shout!