ALL too often a restaurant starts with good intentions and great food, but somehow the love is lost and the quality nosedives.
The West End Deli is the exception to the rule and is still serving up amazing food after 10 years in business.
The Carr Street eatery was formerly a Greek deli and in the 1930s was the Melrose Cash and Carry.
The building’s decor reflects its eclectic past–Industrial chic meets post-war Paris with flaking walls, semi-polished concrete floors and chairs strung with lights dangle from the ceiling.
I arrived before the lunch sitting, but this didn’t phase the waiter or chef and the service was spot on.
As I waited for my meal, a delicious apple juice ($7.50) got my taste buds zinging.
The menu is small but has something for everyone, from confit duck leg ($25) and seared beef skirt steak ($28) to cuttlefish with chorizo ($24) and ricotta gnocchi ($23).
A good gnocchi is a wonderful thing, but a recent shocker at another cafe made me cautious, so I went for the roasted barramundi ($27) instead.
It turned out to be an inspired choice, because it was sensational. The fish was firm but tender, and the crispy, salty skin was out of this world.
The barra sat on a bed of quinoa tabbouleh with harissa, and was accompanied by a superb persimmon, fennel and feta salad.
The flavours blended in perfect harmony and I found myself slowly chewing each mouthful to really appreciate the tastes and textures.
Everything is made in-house and the brownies ($3) and Portuguese tart ($4) I took home were delicious.
The West End Deli was superb and next time I won’t hesitate to order the gnocchi.
By JENNY D’ANGER
West End Deli
95 Carr Street, West Perth
0437 609 716
open Mon-Fri 6.30am-3pm,