The Royal is located just outside Perth CBD and as the name suggests is placed right on the waterfront which makes quite a scenic backdrop for a drink or meal.
The Royal on the Waterfront
We went to The Royal as a special occasion for my birthday as somewhere a little more special was required. The menu was quite extensive and for someone who is rather indecisive it took a while to order. The drinks menu was also lengthy but being English I chose the obvious choice of Pimms, which the Australian waiter did justice to. As a starter we opted for the platter which had a variety of finger licking good foods, the baked Camembert being my favourite.
Royal taste platter ($36)
The mains came out promptly after our starter and drinks were all refilled, which was appreciated as many restaurants I have visited forget to do this. The dishes were all well presented and though they looked quite small the ingredients were all so rich that the portion sizes were appropriate. One of the more obscure dishes on our table was the coffee glazed pork belly with scallops, which was surprisingly tasty, I do recommend a try.
Only one pudding was tried as the rest of us were too full to fit anything more in. The citrus torte which was chosen was quite delicious but managed to defeat the consumer. All desserts were $9.90 which was quite reasonable as I have been to many other restaurants which charge the same price for something half the size.
Citrus torte with honeycomb topping
Prices at The Royal are a little more expensive but are justified by the quality of the food and the attentive service, although I could imagine on a busy night the venue getting a little loud, especially by the bar. I actually found it hard to fault this place, which resulted in a successful birthday dinner outing. However I am yet to try the breakfast and lunch menu so another visit is in order.