I'm a 21-year-old uni student who loves to travel; which means that when I'm home, I'm always broke and on the lookout for cheap things to do in Perth.
Published November 1st 2013
Cheap pasta, big servings, yummy desserts
I can imagine that a place like Mia Cucina could easily be forgotten about, with Hillarys Boat Harbour and its numerous restaurants only a short distance away. However Mia Cucina seemed to have the perfect mix – harbour views without all the crowds. Or so I thought.
I'm not sure whether it was the fact that it was a Friday night, or that half the restaurant was closed off for a private function, but Mia Cucina was packed and super loud! I was eating with a group of eight, but honestly I could barely hear the person sitting directly across from me. So this is probably not the place to go if you're looking for somewhere quiet.
Everything else, however, was quite impressive. Mia Cucina prides itself on their homemade pasta, which comes in many different varieties and can be ordered in either an entrée or main size. Honestly I would really recommend just ordering an entrée-sized pasta as your main – it will save you around $10 (meaning you'd only be paying around $16/$17) and is almost definitely enough to fill you up, although it may not look it. I got the pappardelle, which isn't on their website menu but was quite delicious. Although I didn't taste it, three of the people at my table ordered the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli and enjoyed it immensely. The other mains looked good, but were quite expensive – you'd be paying between $27 and $42 which, for a poor uni student like me, is well out of my price range.
But seriously, be warned! The servings are huge here. Two ladies at the table next to us ordered what I assume was the tasting plate for two – it definitely looked big enough for at least four. It was massive! They couldn't even get through the whole platter and still had two main-sized pasta dishes, a side salad and bread to come.
In the event that your main meal doesn't fill you up completely, the desserts are simply amazing! (Although if you want my advice, stay away from the "Caramel Supreme" – instead of the caramel gelato I was promised, I ended up with plain old vanilla ice cream. It was quite a disappointing end to my evening.)
The service was decent, despite a tendency to try and take our meals away before we'd even finished eating. A waitress offered to bring us bottles of water as soon as we'd sat down, and we were never without water for the entire rest of the evening.
Parking was also not a problem. The restaurant is not really part of the Boat Harbour complex per se, rather it lies on one of the edge of one of the car parks. There were plenty of spaces, even on a Friday night, and of course you don't need to pay, which is a plus.
If I came back again, I'd probably go for lunch when it's a little quieter and you have better views of the harbour. But I can definitely recommend it.