My first OZeating feature – Afternoon Tea Indulgence at Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth

Bistro Guillaume

Renay and I were looking to do something special to celebrate our recent first wedding anniversary and decided on the “afternoon tea indulgence” at Bistro Guillaume at Crown Perth. We’d never eaten at Bistro Guillaume before, but it has a fantastic reputation and after sampling their wares at Taste of Perth, we were looking forward to an afternoon of sweet and savoury delights.

The restaurant is elegantly fitted out, with plenty of the familiar Guillaume-green wherever you look. The tables aren’t too close together and you can sit inside or outside.

We requested no seafood so received a few substitutions to the standard canapé menu. Our Perrier-Jouët champagne was served first, which went down very nicely and certainly added to the “indulgence” part of the experience – no doubt it helps to justify the cost too. It wasn’t long before our food arrived and the presentation was a real feast for the eyes. Everything looked so good it was hard to know where to start!  Ah, it’s a tough life sometimes…

All items in the savoury selection were delicious and well made, with the veal sausage roll being the only warm item (note that no tomato sauce was provided; I don’t suggest taking your own). Even the cream cheese & cucumber sandwiches (our substitution for the spanner crab) were very tasty. I wish I could make a sandwich that good at home. My favourite savoury item was the rare roast beef with horseradish cream – I’d have been happy with a whole plate of those!

The scones were nice and light, just big enough for a couple of bites (although there were two each), filled with Chantilly cream and a fresh raspberry coulis. Moving onto dessert, you could tell that the tiny lemon tarts were going to be good just by looking at them and we weren’t disappointed – so much flavour in a single mouthful! A mille-feuille is one of my favourite things  and these were perfectly crisp, filled with cream patisserie with a layer of sweet fondant on top. Unfortunately my wife didn’t get to eat hers, which will no doubt be brought up in future arguments / divorce proceedings…

Our macaroons were the same as served at Taste of Perth recently and my opinion hasn’t changed. The salted caramel was excellent, however the strawberry just didn’t excite me. I noticed that each table received different varieties of macaroon, or sometimes two of the same. We were both at near-capacity when we tackled the glossy chocolatey looking things – layered milk & white chocolate mousse with dark chocolate ganache. These were surprisingly light, but very rich and perhaps we should have tried them earlier on. We really didn’t need one each!

There was an impressive selection of teas to choose from and there should be something to please everyone. For me the choice was easy – English breakfast. I’m not sure what blend they use – is there any other than Twinings worth drinking? It was perfectly brewed, with not a bag or stray leaf in sight. I think I need to drink more tea.

Bistro Guillaume is a classy, quiet setting and perfect for a meal such as this. It was certainly popular on this Sunday afternoon, being enjoyed by couples, gal pals and a mother treating her future-foodie young daughter to a very adult dining experience. The servings were generous and everything presented was of a very high standard, with the desserts in particular being of exceptional quality. Our “no seafood” substitution was made without fuss and the service was attentive without being over the top.

The afternoon tea costs $65 per person including a glass of champagne, available from 2pm to 4pm Saturdays and 3pm to 5pm Sundays. It’s not the cheapest high tea in Perth, but I think the setting and overall quality justifies the cost. It’s definitely worth considering for a special occasion or even just the simple indulgence as the name suggests. Go on, you deserve it!

About the author

Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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