2 Mount Street, Kelmscott
Ph: (08) 6496 0138
With views over the Canning River and rolling hills, Avocados Bar & Café in Kelmscott is just the place to relax with family and friends. Head chef Ronald McCann and owner Brad Richards achieved their vision of creating a relaxing space to hang out while enjoying quality food and service. Avocados is even pet friendly.
Chef trained himself, Brad appointed Ronald as head chef in 2018 around the same time he took over ownership. Brad shares, “Being a chef is a young man’s game and not only is Ronald hardworking but he has plenty of passion and enthusiasm.” In time, Ronald plans on creating his own kitchen garden once a plot has been established.
On our visit to Avocados we were presented with four dishes. The first was the Lemon Pesto Crusted Barramundi, which at the time of review was one of the most popular dishes on the menu. In this elegant dish the barramundi nestles on a bed of broccoli, cherry tomatoes and chat potatoes with a delicate orange butter sauce and star anise glaze drizzle. The lemon crust delivers an arousing zing of citrus while the orange butter sauce brings a delicate sweetness to the plate.
The fresh clean finish of the 2019 Azahara Pinot Grigio provided a very complimentary pairing to this meal.
Our second dish was Crispy Pork Belly served with lemon pepper baby squid, coleslaw, apple cider puree and star anise glaze. The pork was generous, with crispy crackling. Served alongside a punchy and crisp coleslaw, together they created an exciting flavour experience. An ideal wine to drink with this meal is the 2019 Reverie Rose. It is crisp and elegant with sweet notes and a clean finish.
Next we sampled the Salmon Curry served with steamed Asian vegetables. The salmon is marinated in the coconut curry sauce, infusing every part of the fish. On presentation, the salmon is lightly dressed in sauce, yet packed with flavour, and the aroma of the saffron rice is simply beautiful.
This dish was served with the 2019 Millbrook Sauvignon Blanc, which on its own is a lovely wine with a long clean finish. Yet in hindsight this dish best suits a draft beer.
We finished our meal with Banoffee Pie. A perfect balance of a thick, soft biscuit base and caramelised banana cutting through the sweetness of the caramel. A drizzle of chocolate sauce adds a decadent dimension to this classic dish.
Perhaps next time I return, I’ll try their signature dish of Lamb Shanks cooked in a root vegetable tomato red wine sauce and creamy mash potato.
When you are planning your next Perth Hills adventure, put Avocados on your list of places to visit. They are open seven days a week from breakfast. They also offer a function space and onsite accommodation if you are looking to get away for a night or two.
By Sarah Schmitt