My general take on eating out in Perth is that the majority of restaurants that fall within the 'average' category. Average being that you pay approx $30 for a main course that is edible, but not really distinguishable from what you'd find anywhere else. It's like it's a Perth speciality - unexciting food for a high cost.
A prime example was the dinner we had at Al Fornetto last night. We went there because it was local to us and because we had an Entertainment Book voucher for 25% off (thank goodness).
I ordered the lamb shanks. I haven't had lamb shanks possibly for about 5 years so was really looking forward to flavourful tender meat falling off the bone.
|Menu special - Lamb Shanks - $31.95|
30 minutes later in the cinema I could still feel a coating of salty fat/oil in my mouth.
|Ribeye steak with mushroom sauce - $34.95|
I know that $30 for a main is comparatively not expensive, but when I say overpriced what I mean is by comparison to the cheaper, more satisfying eats you can find around town. I would've been far happier with a $10-15 bowl of something from Taka's or Big Bowl or even a burger from Alfred's in Guildford, for example, than I was spending my $30 here.
The only positive about our dinner last night was that the service was very efficient and friendly, but unfortunately this didn't quite make up for our salty and disappointing meals.