A few years ago Rich and I booked for a Valentine’s Day dinner at Lyrebird, now The View. The overall experience was so bad we walked out half way through. We have never been back however I have been thinking about paying them another visit.
Having left the View late into the evening on Valentine’s Day we figured our only remaining option of a romantic dinner out would be fish and chips or McDonalds on Fishing Boat Harbour (R.I.P. my good Friend) – we decided to try out luck at Char Char Bull and we were happy to discover that they had a free table. We had such good service on the night that ever since then I have always had a soft spot for Char Char.
I have since been back with family and it has always been a great all purpose winner – great food, great wine and pretty views. It will be interesting to see what happens down in this little area of Freo when the ISAF Sailing World Championships hit town in December of this year.
With this in mind the fam, Rich and I decided to book in for a dinner on Saturday night to celebrate my Grandma’s 79th Birthday.
I think it would be safe to say that we are a family of big eaters, we like our food and we like plenty of it.
We decided to order some garlic bread $6 (for my Mum and Uncle) and Trio of Dips $16 for the table, this was in addition to two serves of Chicken Soup $12 for Dad and Rich and a Crispy tart, with seared Japanese scallops, fennel, caramelised onion, bacon, apple dressing $21 for me.
The breads were great, hot and fresh and almost in a damper style. I sipped the soup and it was clear, clean and fresh. My entree was delicious, the scallops were plump and moist and the apple dressing was tart and sweet so it cut through the heaviness of the puff pastry.
We ordered a bottle of Fonty’s Pool to have with dinner, you gotta have a red with a steak!
For our mains we pretty much covered all areas of the menu . Rich and I both had the Scotch Fillet, 300 grams with caramelised onion, green peppercorn sauce $39 – which also came with mash potato – we both loved our steak. Mine was served medium and was easy to pull apart along the grain; the sauce was savoury and complemented the subtly sweet meat. Great use of meat.
Mum had the 200 gram Fillet Steak (which the staff were happy to alter slightly to Mum’s liking – making a mushroom jus styled gravy instead of the regular sundried tomatoe butter the steak usually comes with)
My uncle had the Supremo Pizza – pepperoni, bacon, roasted capsicum, mushrooms, pineapple, onions & parsley $23 which he said was as good as any pizza he had ever had including some Lygon street classic’s – pretty big call but coming from a pizza buff, who knows? Maybe I’ll get pizza next time.
Dad had the Linley Valley Pork Rib Eye (270 gms), on the bone, spiced carrot puree, charred peach & pear chutney, orange vincotto & red wine jus $36 – it looked fantastic and came with a nice bit of pork crackle on top (which Dad gave to Mum – he’s one of those weirdos that does not enjoy crisped up animal fat).
Grandma had the North West barramundi fillet, with prawn & potato cake, apple & pear remoulade & chilled zucchini salad $38 which she said was the best example of Barra she has had in ages – it looked juicy and fresh – Grandma also loved the prawn and potato cake.
For dessert I opted for the Sticky Date Pudding, with hot French caramel sauce & vanilla bean icecream $12 – the pudding it’s self was a tad dry however this was countered by the lashings of the most delicious caramel sauce, I don’t know exactly what made it French as described on the menu but it was super yummy and I would like to eat it more often! Rich ended up helping me out with my dessert and he loved the sauce also.
Rich ordered the Layered Blackberry & Creme Brulee Cheesecake, with fresh cream & blackberry sauce $12, while he enjoyed it well enough, he prefers his cheese cake to be dense with cheese, cheese and more cheese so would probably get something else next time however he did like it.
Mum never goes past the Pav so had the soft baked Pavlova $12 with raspberry coulis, creme anglaise & passionfruit cream, while not keen on the crème anglaise, really liked the raspberry coulis. Though mum clarified her order twice with our waitress who by this time of the night was looking a bit frayed, she was still served the profiteroles, though they were sent out in error I almost leapt across the table to claim them as they looked sooooo good. Sadly, they were returned to the kitchen and Mum’s rightful dish was served.
Even though it still feels like summer we all finished our meal with a hot drink – Mum ordered a pot of English Breakfast Tea while the rest of us opted for Irish coffee (whisky infused) and French coffee (Grand Marnier infused) – they were sweet and heavenly.
I need to go out and get some Grand Marnier for the house and I don’t mean a big sailor!
I love Char Char Bull.
char char bull
|44b mews rd
|fishing boat harbour
|ph: 9 335 7666