Due to the overwhelming number of rave reviews, I decided to go check out the West End Deli in Leederville (home of the cool cafes)! I mean, how wrong can the other food bloggers be? A bit perhaps?
I liked the look from the outside already. The cafe had a rustic feel which I love.
As you can see, it is pretty quirky and very interesting. I liked the feel of the place! Service was alright.
Meet Joyleen. She is my new model for the blog since the men are normally nonchalant while I do my food notes and pictures. That is Tony beside her!
Who would have thought of hanging chairs from the ceiling? Its cool!
Rustic walls, cutlery in a tin can. It was pretty cooool.
The coffee was nice too! Too nice to be putting all that sugar in it, Joyleen!
Nick asked me if I had been here before. I said no but I have seen lots of good reviews about it. He said its his second time and he didn’t find it great. True enough.
The food was good on flavour but poor on value leading to a very unhappy customer. I know I don’t normally mind spending on food but there is an expectation that a meal would fill you up for $26 per plate. Where there is a disparity in the amount of food served for a similar price, the waitress should warn the customer. Alternatively, load up on the side.
This is the Rabbit Roulade that Jay ordered. It was tiny and it cost him $26. It really should be an entree. I tried a bit of it and found it tasted like chicken! The texture is very different. We normally expect rabbit to flake a little. The sauce is nice though… but didn’t leave a great taste in Jay’s mouth. A hungry man is an angry man!
I had the prawns which are new on the menu. 5 prawns for $24. The salad was nice with the pomegranate , fennel and pistachio. The flavours were nice but I was still slightly hungry after the meal too. A bigger man would not be full.
Joyleen had the corned beef hash, fried egg and black pudding. It was pretty nice and this one is generous! This is pretty good. Its not hash like you would expect – this is in bigger chunks. The beef was yum and the black pudding even yummier. I liked it. $24 and perhaps more worth the money than the first two dishes.
The pork pie was exceptionally good. English pork pies normally have a layer of jellied fat between the meat and the crust making it difficult for some of us to eat. However, WED’s pork pies taste like the fat is well distributed. $17 for this one.
Tony had the quail egg with ocean trout and asparagus but I did not try it so I cannot tell you how it tasted. Looked good though.
Here’s another shot of my model. I think you can expect to see her a bit more often here.
Ultimately, I think its a great place to hang out with your friends with its good service and nice coffee. I was very underwhelmed by the food perhaps due to high expectations. It should be managed. Will I be back? Guess not.