Staff outnumbered diners during our recent weekend lunch at riverfront restaurant Zafferano.
It's possible grey weather kept people away, or perhaps steep prices mean the restaurant is busier during the week when the corporate credit cards come out.
Zafferano is in the historic Swan Brewery building on Mounts Bay Road – and has a fantastic view of the Swan River.
The restaurant has a lush, masculine feel, with inner-lit stone columns, wooden chairs and starched tablecloths. It's the kind of place you might go for a big occasion or take out-of-town visitors to.
We started our meal with some ciabatta ($9.50) – two toasted slices served with fetta and a delicious puree spread. The dish was let down by under-ripe sliced tomato and basil which looked as if it had been chopped some time ago.
Things looked up when our mains arrived.
The double roasted Muscovy duckling ($47.50) was the hit of the day – a breast, thigh and leg beautifully cooked with orange and rosemary, served in a rich sauce.
The seafood plate would have been good if it had been less expensive. For $56, I would have hoped for something that looked like the hero photo used in the restaurant's publicity shots.