IF it wasn’t for the 100-watt smile and warm greeting from the owner at Infinity Cafe, I would have probably left after a quick look around.
On a cold wet day the East Perth cafe was hardly salubrious and the alfresco looked forlorn and the interior spartan.
They don’t make everything in-house and the delightfully helpful waiter was only too happy to confirm that my pasta ($16.50) was bought in.
However the chef did make the yummy rich tomato sauce, which was crammed with vegetables and crunchy capsicum.
The ravioli was really good, with soft ricotta and spinach ensconced in light pasta pillows.
I’m pretty sure the arancini smothered in tomato sauce was made in-house ($14.99) as it tasted delightful too.
The strong mushroom and parmesan flavours combined to make the rice balls a real winner.
A couple at the next table were tourists staying at a nearby hotel.
They were so impressed with Infinity’s welcoming staff, prices and coffee they’d had breakfast there for the past three days and were now sampling the lunch menu.
The butter chicken curry ($14.99) was tender and rich and not too spicy, they reckoned
And the steak sandwich ($17.50) was just what it should be – tender, juicy and befriended by a wad of chips.
I rounded off lunch with a light and fluffy raspberry muffin ($4.50). It had a crunchy topping and enough berries to create that trademark sharp-and-sweet attack.
Infinity is not trendy or al a carte dining, but it is good value if you find yourself at the causeway end of the city.
by JENNY D’ANGER
131 Adelaide Terrace,