Boulevard Hotel, Corner of The Boulevard and Howtree Place, Floreat WA 6014, Phone 9284 1199.
Geoff Hayward’s Twins … Big fan of the Brisbane Hotel in Highgate. But I wasn’t aware that the Boulevard Hotel in Floreat was it’s sister Hotel. It seems Geoff Hayward joined forces with Taylor Robinson architects to produce this new baby sister. Read our review of the Brisbane Hotel.
It’s really obvious when you walk into the Boulevard Hotel that it was designed by the same people. The inventive outdoor area has nooks and crannies for dining stretched around three sides of the building. There is a large central bar which gives an open, spacious feel and eclectic seating throughout the large indoor area. The adjoining lounge room filled with sofas and low tables has carpeted floors. It’s a place you feel at home in.
Service was a little off at first but then they hit their stride and we were beautifully managed. Water, menus and our drink order appeared.
Xena opted for the Spring Vegetable Risotto. A very large plate of food loaded with vegetables like peas, baby carrots, asparagus, green beans, thinly sliced leeks and Brussells Sprouts leaves. All the veg had a lovely glean and the risotto itself was al dente and the flavours just right.
For me, it was the Fish and Chips. I was delighted when my plate of food showed up. There were three pieces of beautifully beer battered barramundi, a small serve of chips and a well dressed salad. Oh, and an even better dressed coleslaw with thinly sliced radishes. It was all delicious.
So, just a word about their house sparkling white which was $8 a glass and tasted incredibly good for the price. I watched the bartender use a bottle opener to flip the top off.
There are quite a few non-corked sparkling wines now and I was surprised at how much fizz was in my fizz. The bargain of the month I’d suggest.