A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published July 3rd 2018
This cafe has good food, and pleasant surroundings
The new $1.2 billion Princess Margaret Hospital has been in the news over the last few years. It has been plagued with mistakes, bad workmanship and many more problems and was some two years late in opening. We had an occasion to go there and decided to try one of the eateries.
Firstly, we were just amazed at this new hospital! It was utterly fabulous, if you can call a hospital that.
Every modern convenience, large exquisitely decorated lifts and eating places on many of the five floors.
Part of the bright inside of the lifts
Walk into the building, which is opposite the main entrance to the older general hospital, Sir Charles Gardiner, and it is quite a shock to see the number of people walking around in there! The majority did not seem to have children with them and there seemed to be people everywhere!
It took us about 20 minutes to decided where to eat, as we wandered around every floor so that we did not miss out on any. On the top floor was a health food cafe, Super Natural, and as this had a very limited menu, we did not stop here. We walked into what is termed the "food hall" but the food looked so good, we walked out again, as we knew we would have a problem choosing something in the limited time we had left.
This food hall was totally different to others around Perth, as it had just three outlets - all their food looked excellent, and not the usual type of food.
However, I will leave that to another time, when we actually allow ourselves more time to eat here. I have to attend the Lions Eye Clinic every few months, and this is on the other side of SCG Hospital, so the walk was only about 10 minutes. We eventually chose the cafe near the main entrance to the Children's Hospital - Little Lion.
The Little Lion Cafe entrance
This cafe's ambience and decorations were quite stunning - with features made of Corian, these had a 'wow' factor to them, having features such as illuminated trees.
We decided to order one meal and share this, and then if need be, order something else. There were wraps, sandwiches, toasties, pumpkin or minestrone soup, quiches and more.
Their bagels looked plump and delicious!
We eventually decided on the Reuben sandwich, which was thick rye bread with corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese and mustard.
A delicious Reuben sandwich
This was delicious and half of it was really enough for two people to share. Prices were reasonable, with ours costing just $9.90 (elsewhere it would probably be about $12), and there was plenty of filling. The staff were friendly and they take all credit cards.
It was Casey's first day on the job when she served us and although slightly nervous, Casey did a fine job!
Friendly staff at counter
There was also an array of cakes in the counter, however by this time, we were almost late for my appointment on the other side of SCG hospital.
The array of cakes in the front counter
The Little Lion cafe was pleasant, quiet and easy to find a seat with people coming and going continuously. The service was quite fast with about a five-minute wait after paying for our food at the counter.
All in all - a pleasant cafe!
We decided against cake and so we left and stopped at the cafe in the Lions Eye Clinic and had a coffee and a pastry there.
The difference of walking from the new hospital into the old was absolutely unbelievable - Sir Charles is a very old, dilapidated, dreary building, whereas the new Children's' Hospital is bright, colourful and cheery.
I know a hospital is generally not 'cheery' but Perth Children's Hospital has done all in their power to make this a 'pleasant' and interesting place to be! I can't wait to try some of the other venues in this hospital!
A couple of inaccuracies: the new hospital is called Perth CHILDREN'S Hospital, not Princess Margaret Hospital and its address is Hospital Avenue not Verdun Street which is the address of the Lions Eye Centre