Daily Planet, Mount Lawley
For tapas on Beaufort Street, forgo the Daily Planet & head a little further down the street.
As we all know the Daily Planet received the worst reputation when it first opened. So to As we all know the Daily Planet received the worst reputation when it first opened. So to see if things had changed I decided to take a friend down & share a couple of dishes for lunch.
Service: As expected, there were alternative looking waitresses and a trendy vibe in the café. It was quiet so our order was taken quickly… but that’s where the thumbs up ended. After waiting nearly 30 minutes for our selection of food, we asked a waitress (the staff seemed friendly) to check how much longer it would be, & upon her return our food appeared.
Food: *Lemon & herb crumbed homemade ricotta w’ spicy tomato relish $6.50 [Very bland. Taste of nothing & a little oil. Came with aioli rather than spicy tomato relish. Without the dipping sauce it would have had no flavour. The crumb needed to be seasoned & flavoured, but only cost $6.50]
*Vegan Stack – Chickpea fritter, field mushroom, avocado, slow roasted tomatoes, salsa verde & tofu aioli $16.50 [Tasty, but forgettable (as quoted by the friend I was sharing this meal with).]
The food looked good, but the flavours weren’t anything memorable. It wasn’t terrible, but nothing I would come running back for.
The highlight for me was actually the dressing on all of the salad sides.
What I have learnt about Beaufort Street (Mount Lawley / Highgate) is that there are no ‘hidden gems’, you get what you pay for.
Summary: When it comes to tapas, forgo the Daily Planet & head a little further down the street… It’s worth forgoing 1 dish elsewhere or paying a little more for the quality & flavour.
*Since then I have returned once for weekend brunch which was also unfortunently quite disappointing.