As we walked back to the car, my dining partner (MDP) remarked that the reason why C Restaurant Lounge was named so was that because both A Restaurant and B Restaurant were already taken. Oh how I laughed!
C Restaurant Lounge, Perth’s only revolving restaurant, was our Valentine’s Day meal. Now, you can’t use the Entertainment Book on V-day (a Saturday this year) so we decided to cheat a little, avoid the crowds (and the set menus), and go out to dinner on the Friday instead. The fact that that Friday was also Friday the 13th gave the night a certain extra zing. Better still, as C Restaurant Lounge charges a 15% surcharge on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, we though we’d be sneaky and miss that as well. Unfortunately when I booked I was informed that the Friday was also being considered a ‘holiday’ because of Valentine’s Day so we didn’t miss it after all.
Despite only been give the option of either 6 pm or 8.45pm, the restaurant seemed fairly empty when we arrived (6.30 pm) and remained so through the service. Our table was at the ‘back’ of the restaurant – away from the tiered section and booths, but it was quiet and we had an excellent view so this didn’t bother us (in fact we didn’t even realise that most of the restaurant was tiered until we were walking out and finally saw the rest of the diners).
The views are fantastic and this is what you are really paying for. The floor takes about 1.5 hours to revolve completely, and we got about 1 and 1/3 revolutions while we were there. Unfortunately the food didn’t really live up to the location. The restaurant serves a menu which is $79 each for two courses (entree and main, or main and dessert), or $94 for all three, with about 5-6 choices for each course. We decided to share one entree and one dessert (plus two mains), and therefore try a bit of everything.
For entree, my gut instict was to go for the duck pate, but instead I chose the Taste Plate of Australian Delicacies (Kangaroo tartare, asparagus veloute and beetroot jelly, crocodile goujon), partly because I had not had croc before. The croc was good (though most things are when battered and deep fried), but the tartare was a big disappointment – I don’t think kangaroo works very well as a tartare and some of the meat seemed a bit grey. We were underwhelmed by this start to the meal. Mains were better. My char grilled pork striploin, caramelized pineapple and kiwi achar, fried coconut rice, star anise jus was very good and the highlight of the meal – particularly the coconut rice and char. MDP’s fish of the day (king snapper, with ratatouille, chorizo and cous cous) was very moist, though he was disappointed with the bland chorizo (the ratatouille was very flavoursome). Dessert was kind of bizarre. The options were underwhelming but we eschewed the standard chocolate dessert in favour of the more intriguing green apple sorbet, green apple jelly, seasonal fresh fruit, lemon tuile. The green apple jelly looked straight out of a packet. It was virulently green and was dotted with white and dark chocolate. The sorbet was good, though not very exciting. The fruit was plentiful and included half a mango that required hacking with our spoons. However, the dish lacked the presentation of the preceding dishes and did not look like anything we couldn’t have knocked up ourselves.
To be honest, I was kind of expecting the food to be a bit underwhelming because main draw card is the view. From that respect I was not so disappointed. The 15% surcharge does, however, make what seemed to be an overpriced meal to start with just that much harder to swallow. I am still kind of interested in coming here for afternoon tea, however I won’t do it on the weekend or a holiday, and I probably won’t be back for dinner.
Details: C Restaurant Lounge, Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace Perth (located in between Barrack St & London Court). Phone: 9220 8333
Service: There were lots of wait staff and service was good. We were asked how we felt about our meal quite often and I was impressed when the waitress responded quickly to MDP’s comments about his chorizo (suggesting staff had a good knowledge of the menu).
Food: Highlight of my meal was my pork. MDP felt so-so about his fish. The entree and dessert were both disappointing.
Mark-up: I chose a T’Gallant 2008 Juliet Pinot Noir (cos I went there once :-) and was rewarded with a highly appropriate label for the occasion. We paid $53 for a bottle that may retail as low as $14, a 278% mark up. (Incidentally, the Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2006 we paid $45 at Char Char Bull was $60 here – about 120% mark up)
The discount: The Entertainment Book Deal was a flat $35 off the bill. Our meals and wine came to $212, or $177 with the discount However, the surcharge of $26.40 meant we really only got about $9 off the meal itself. The surcharge is definitely the most annoying thing about the whole experience, particularly as it didn’t seem at all warranted given the number of diners on the night. Our Entertainment Book Gold Card came back with the appropriate number scratched off, though I’d doubt we’d be back again even if they hadn’t.