Experience delicious Eurasian Cuisine. Indulge your senses and invigorate your spirit at Chapels on Whatley – a gorgeous East meets West emporium. Owners Glenn Bartells and Keith Archer have created a beautiful and tranquil environment. Part retail store, cafe, tea house & live music venue, it’s eclectic and totally original. Browse the stunning range of antique furniture, artefacts, art and home wares handpicked from Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, China and Vietnam before settling into the cafe for some well deserved time out.
Chapels serves authentic Eurasian fare, a nod to Glenn’s heritage. And if you’re thinking ‘Asian Fusion’, think again. True Eurasian cooking defies strict culinary definition. The dishes blend many exotic ingredients drawn from a variety of backgrounds – a dash of Dutch, British and Portuguese together with Indian, Chinese and Malay, mixed liberally with other European and Asian heritage. “Please do not confuse us with ‘Asian Fusion’, which is often just a blending of ingredients and styles without any cultural connections or history,” explains Glenn.
Classic examples of Eurasian cuisine include devil curry, chilli pork chop, fish and chips, sambal belacan, oxtail stew, mulligatawny, pepper steak and a variety of curries. You could say it’s soul food. There’s a tempting array of cakes and sweet delights such as macarons, pandan cake, black rice pudding and apple frangipane tart, all baked in-house. For the purist, you can’t go past the scones, served with jam and whipped cream. All condiments and jams are produced fresh without preservatives, and available to purchase to enjoy at home. The fully licensed cafe carries an extensive range of West Australian wines, plus it also offers vegan, organic and egg-free wines.
Chapels is a purveyor of the finest teas. Glenn and Keith travel to China a couple of times a year to meet the growers and keep up to date with the ever-evolving tea industry. Chapels own brand of over 50 varieties are selected from the finest tea gardens throughout China. For only $5.50 per person you can sample as many tea varieties as you like over a 2 hour period. All loose tea is available to purchase in 50 & 100 gram tins. And if coffee is more your thing, Chapels has you covered, with a superb organic blend of Mexican and Peruvian Arabica.
Chapels amazing high tea experience is a must, where you will feel transported back to the glorious days of the Raffles. Start with a glass of champagne while enjoying cucumber sandwiches, pate and mini quiches. Make sure you save room for the sweet treats, which include a selection of seasonal mini-cakes such as lemon meringue, Belgian clafouti and choc mud cake. Price per person $49.95
Chapels on Whatley
196 Whatley Crescent Maylands
(Opp Maylands Station)