I was Pumped , hungry and excited to be heading to Rock pool Bar and Grill located at the Burswood Casino in Perth WA for a Special Bday celebration with my other half , unfortunately for me and my partner the experience was not so pleasant.
Having seen Master chef Neil Perry in cooking shows on television, we certainly were looking forward to a great experience visiting one of his restaurant chains “ROCKKPOOL BAR & GRILL”. The Long Passageway does definitely impress as soon as you push the big wooden door and enter the restaurant from the Burswood Hotel reception area and so does the interiors which definitely has a posh look.
But That was the only good things ( or memory) that we came back with , unfortunately for us everything else was poor, the service and the food. For our starters after mulling over the menu and the chili mussels and fried calamari , we settled to get the traditional garlic prawns and the sautéed mixed mushrooms ( which is actually is a side ) as the starters. The sautéed mixed mushrooms were the best dish we tasted over here , even though it was a bit annoying that the waiter sounded reluctant to bring in the mixed mushrooms as a starter and so we settled to get it later with the mains. The garlic prawns were good , but i have tasted better and bigger garlic prawns at one of the other local restaurant i visit in perth called “DA VINCI” in north Perth.
The mains was the hard part to decide after pondering over the good selection of steaks, Pasta and seafood we decided to go with lamb lion chops with mint jelly $ 38 & WOOD FIRED VEAL CUTLET . About a good 30 minutes later while we were enjoying our starters and cocktails. the waiters arrived with the Veal Cutlet and told my other half that her lamb lion cutlet was ready and placed it on her table. My other half then got sus and asked what my order was and the waiter said that my order was also a veal cutlet. My partner repeated what we had ordered and they suddenly looked a bit confused and said they will reconfirm what was ordered.
They came back in a minute and said they were sorry , but a wrong order was placed and both of them were veal cutlets , the head waiter came and informed us that he was sorry and they were out of lamb lion chops and would she like to order something else and they would make it up to her with some complimentary dessert. Given that my veal cutlet had already arrived and we possibly were looking at another long wait for her new order to arrive ( being hungry as well by now) , she reluctantly agreed to have the veal cutlet.
That’s where my luck ran out now, luckily enough the veal cutlet for my partner was rated “just ok” by her , but i got a veal cutlet that was totally burnt , I thought that i might be able to get some good parts in the veal cutlet .. but the burned charred meat ruined the whole flavor in my mouth and i did not even go through the whole veal cutlet. I tried to hide my displeasure as it after all was my partners birthday today and didn’t want the day to get ruined.
I got my usual coffee for dessert and my the waiter bought a small little cupcake ( to add insult to injury) as a complimentary dessert for her. I decided i rather drown in a pool than come back to this rockpool for a dinner.If any of you are looking for a good fine dining restaurant i would recommend “The Zafferanos” anyday its good value for money and just a bit more friendly on you wallet and still the best gourmet food ever with million dollar sea views.
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