Entertainment Card 11/12: Complimentary main course when another is purchased (up to a value of $40)
The Bryneleigh is located on Hampden Road in Nedlands, a bar and restaurant in one. I’d heard of this restaurant from a fellow food blogger and also great reviews of their high tea from the Spreets deal, so decided to celebrate my mummy’s birthday here.
It was quite empty when we arrive due to an early booking for dinner one Sunday evening. There were only a couple of tables still occupied, remnants from the high tea session earlier. Strangely quiet, with only the muffled sounds in the background of tables and chairs being shuffled, we sat down and observed the surroundings – and I liked what I saw. A rack of pot plants surrounded our table, and themed with the wooden decor, made me feel like I’m dining underneath a canopy of trees (well, almost!).
We quickly went through the menu as we were famished and had the following:
- The Byrneleigh Experience (a selection of grazing) – $35
- Lemon, white pepper baby squid with smoked pepper aioli – $12
The Byrneleigh Experience is a selection of different entrees on the menu including the rosemary & garlic charred turkish bread, local marinated olive & feta, butternut pumpkin & persian feta arancini, lemon & white pepper squid, baby chorizo and lamb kofta. I liked this dish as I’m always one who like to try a bit of everything so this was perfect for me. My two favourites were the arancini and chorizo – gotta love the sausage!
We had initially ordered the empanadas to complement the Byrneleigh Experience but they ran out of them so we substituted it with the Lemon, white pepper baby squid. The squid wasn’t too exciting as I love them crunchy and this wasn’t. It was actually slightly soggy even…eeks!
For mains we had the following:
- Herb chicken, chicory & walnut salad, crisp pancetta, light lemon mayo & garlic croutes – $25
- Crispy salmon, nicoise poached egg, green beans & slow roasted tomato & olive – $35
- Wagyu beef sliders, house made pickles, cheddar, tomato & date chutney – $24
- Confit duck, speck bacon, endive, crispy potato & bordelaise jus – $34
I ordered the Crispy Salmon with egg, green beans – it came out looking good, but the salmon turned out quite dry, which was quite disappointing. The beans mix was good though. For the small taste I had of the other dishes, I didn’t think too much of the Herb Chicken Salad (can’t taste the herb in the chicken?) or the Wagyu Beef Sliders (too dry as well!). The Confit Duck fared better, I think it was the better dish of the night. Much juicier meat and satisfactory to the tastebuds. I should have ordered that instead!
- Apple & pear crumble with vanilla semifreddo, baby pear – $13
- Coconut panna cotta, pineapple chilli compote & kaffir lime syrup – $13
- Cranberry juice
The desserts were the best part of the night – as usual! Maybe from now on, I should just skip the rest of the meal and head straight to dessert! :p Loved both the Apple & Pear Crumble and Coconut Panna Cotta. The Apple & Pear Crumble tasted fresh and being slightly warmed went very well with the ice cream. The Coconut Panna Cotta was quite refreshing too and was accompanied by the most unusual pineapple chilli compote (quite nice to try something different!). I like! The affogato was great too – coffee + ice cream is always a plus. Actually I ordered a vienna initially but they didn’t have it, the affogato was a good substitute.
Overall, it was still a great meal for me. Although my main was below par, the entree and dessert compensated for it. Service was great, the staff was friendly and attentive. The menu can be considered simple, nothing too fancy.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 6161 2722
Address: 156 Hampden Road, Nedlands
7 days a week 11am – late