For the last 4 years, my husband and I have a date night once a week.
We have been through some pretty rough times as a couple, we both lead a very busy life with work, kids, family… so having a little escape, together, every week, has been important in keeping our relationship fresh.
But since our third kid came along, we have been spending our date night dragging a tired, cranky baby around town, to cafes, to visit friends, to walk along the river… and especially as Liam has gotten older, it has more been a burden, rather than a pleasure.
But last night marked a night of change!
We finally agreed to leave Liam with his two brothers and the babysitter. He was asleep before we left at 6.30pm, so he was none the wiser.
As we pulled out of our driveway, we were wide-eyed with bewilderment. HOLY MOLY IT’S JUST THE TWO OF US!
We were like escapees on the run. Wild rabbits let loose. FREEEEEDOOOM!
And I confess, we went a little crazy. By 7.30pm, we were seated in one of the most expensive restaurant in Perth. It was called “1907”, and it was in the heart of the city. I had both heard and read about it for its marvelously posh decor, lush ambiance, fabulous wines, an excellent reputation for their menu, and a substantial price tag to match!
We sat there grinning.
You see, I love fussy, expensive food in posh restaurants, and my husband can’t stand it. He is perfectly happy with chicken rice, or a kebab by the side of the road. So when I force him into “posh nosh”, maybe once or twice a year, he enjoys himself by making fun of it… and I don’t mind. He is great at pointing out how ridiculous everything is. It’s like a festival of madness.
For example, the interior of the restaurant is a mix of mock colonial décor with modern art… and the main art work is a full-sized sculpture of a horse, which welcomes you as you enter the restaurant. The horse has a lamp shade sticking out of its head, in a manner that is completely without motivation, or decorative appeal. This is a sure sign that it is both very cool “modern” art, and probably very expensive.
Now, a horse is pretty big when you see it inside a building, and this sculpture dominates the whole of the dinning room. Even more impressively, its tail is frozen in a “flicked-up” pose… so everyone in the expensive restaurant can look right up a horses arse all night! And I can honestly say that I’ve never had that experience before.
The waitress was so formal that I thought she might have been a robot… very, very efficient, but in need of a personality upgrade (maybe it’s just hard to keep up a grin when you work that close to a horse’s arse all night).
And the cost of the food was eye-watering. Here is my entrée – roasted marron tail (a small freshwater lobster). A single, lonely, roasted marron.
It’s not much bigger than a large cherry, but it cost 29 dollars. For the ENTRÉE!
Mains were 50 dollars for a “medallion” of beef with a couple of tablespoons of vegetables.
The lighting treatment in the restaurant was so soft and dim that everyone looks much younger than they really are… and this continues into the rest rooms. It was so dark in the black tiled bathrooms that it was like I was on a crashed spaceship, with only the emergency lighting on. It must be saving them a fortune on cleaning bills and electricity.
Okay, so I don’t sound very impressed…. but actually, overall, I was VERY impressed. Why?
Well, we knew it was going to be pricey before we went. And for that money, you want an unusual experience. The service was excellent, as was the food. The serves of food were tiny, but they were SENSATIONAL in texture and flavour. The menu had something for everyone, but was not overwhelming – it was focused on a limited range that they are obviously doing very, very well. And the lighting, interior design and music were perfect for long, easy conversation.
It’s not for everyday dinning, but perfect for a special night out.
And the waitress even gave us a tiny smile on the way out!
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Perth WA 6000
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