Miss Maud may technically be Swedish, but for anyone living in Perth over the past 40 years, Miss Maud's is 'Aussie-as', a Perth institution since 1971.
While there may be cake shops dotted throughout the burbs, and the fabulous 'second' shop which opens every Saturday in Northbridge, these days there is now only one smorgasbord, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and this is in the heart of Perth.
While it is a bit boring to list all the food available at the nightly dinner, and it's entirely possible the menu changes every now and then, it's important to get an idea of just how much you can eat.
You can start with soup (a choice of two) and rolls and breads, complete with real butter.
Afterwards, it is time to enjoy some salads old favourites such as pasta, potato, coleslaw and beetroot, as well as a DIY Caesar salad and platter of smallgoods (meats and salami) you could throw on top. In this section, you will also find quiche bites as well as corn chips and guacamole not very Swedish perhaps, but certainly a crowd pleaser.
Others will go straight to the seafood, all cold and needing to be shelled (finger bowls are provided on the table) such as oysters, prawns, yabbies, mussels and Swedish herring. This is accompanied by a huge array dressings and toppings plus other seafood salads and dishes.
Next, it is over to the hot section where you will find at least two hot roasts (with gravy and various sauces) plus a decent selection of vegetable dishes including roast potatoes, pasta bake, cheesy cauliflower, roasted carrot and parsnip and greens (broccoli and beans). This is also where you may find hot mussels, lamb cutlets (a bit too fatty) as well as Swedish sausages, a somewhat spicy frankfurter. No Ikea meatballs here, sorry kids.
The dessert section is what most people go for, and you won't be disappointed with many of Miss Maud's famous cakes and pastries being offered. When we visited there was an absolutely massive pavlova, the crowd-pleasing Princess cake, Black Forest Cake and Sacher torte plus bite-size profiteroles, fruit tarts, lemon tarts and many many more. A warm rice pudding was popular on the cold winter night, as were the green jelly and chocolate mousse all displayed in cute shot glasses.
To finish if you still have room, there are fruit platters as well as a cheese and cracker board. Tea and coffee are self-serve.
The room itself hasn't changed much in the past few decades, and it is still has the homey feel of visiting grandma with its patterned carpets and curtains, the shiny copper pots and jugs, and porcelain doll collection. Service is friendly and they are relatively quick to collect used plates and bowls. One nice thing is that they provide large baskets of clean cutlery, so you don't need to worry about keeping your used forks and knives with each course.
The price varies dramatically depending on what day you visit. If you visit Sunday to Friday, you will only pay $49.95 for adults and $24.50 for children. Visit on a Saturday however, and the price shoots up an extra $10 for adults and $2 for kids.
If you arrive at 5.15 and leave before 7pm on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday however, you can have $5 of the price of the adult buffet, making dinner on a Tuesday or Friday quite a reasonable prospect at only $44.95 for adults (pretty good when you consider the average main meal in Perth is around $35 and doesn't include starters, desserts or tea and coffee).
One good thing for families is that the buffet opens at the very kid-friendly time of 5.15pm (5pm on Fridays and Saturdays) meaning you can enjoy your dinner and still be home and have the kids in bed at a reasonable time.
There is live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as Sunday lunchtime and parking couldn't be easier with the Pier Street carpark directly across the street.
Like all buffets, it's important to go when you are feeling particularly hungry, but if you enjoy a good traditional roast with all the trimmings, fresh seafood, classic salads and plenty of dessert then this is one of the best options in Perth.
Kids can join the birthday club and receive a card, free dinner and small gift each year on their birthday until they turn 12. It is completely free and you can join here.