The internet reviews for the Mille Café were all excellent, so we were looking forward to testing it ourselves. They night we chose to eat at Mille was a typical Perth summer evening, so we asked if we could sit outside. That was no problem, and the added benefit of being outside was being able to hear the live music coming from the Civic Hotel, without actually having to be in the Civic Hotel. More on that next week.
We received exceptional service from the staff – we especially liked them because they laughed at our jokes. So far so good. We shared an entrée which consisted of a lovely crispy piece of deep fried polenta, topped with roasted vegetables, deep fried fetta (delicious) and then chorizo. We were all extremely impressed.
We were equally happy with our mains. The chicken caesar salad was massive and not stingy with the chicken. The smoked salmon salad was a delicious mix of egg, salmon, tabouleh, mango and parmesan with a raspberry dressing – again, the good bits were well represented. It was presented in a huge filo tart which was crispy and light and perfect to mop up the leftovers. The calamari was hot and tasty, and not too salty. The pork belly was also delicious and came with plenty of tasty mustardy sauce. Yum.
We ordered a few beers and a couple of bottles of wine and were very happy with the reasonable price of booze.
We were getting worried that we wouldn’t find anything to complain about (because after all, this is meant to be a critical review). However, something did come along, something that really gets up the nose of the Beaufort Street Bloggers.
We were charged for tomato sauce. 60c for a tiny little bowl of t-sauce that was probably about 5c worth when you consider how much of the stuff a café buys each week. We think it is perplexing that cafes charging a decent amount for food make their punters pay for sauce. Anyway, enough of that. The only other issue we had was when it came time to pay the bill. We were left with our credit cards in the little leather bill paying thing for ages, which is always annoying when it you have finished dinner and all the wine. This is a common complaint we have – many restaurants leave you stranded when all you want to do is waddle home, lie down, and complain about how much you ate.
Service: Friendly, extremely attentive (we were never left without alcohol on the table) but a little slow on the bill paying front.
Food: All fresh and tasty. No complaints.
Ambience: The inside is a bit ‘café-ish’ and not very exciting, but it was very nice to sit outside and watch the world go by.
Highlight: The entrée.
Lowlight: Charging for sauce and slow bill payment.
Rating: 3.5 pieces of fried chorizo out of 5.
Will we be back? yes.
www.millecafe.com.au or call on 08 9271 2288. The restaurant has a good wine list which is reasonably priced. You can BYO and corkage is $4.50 per bottle.
Coming up: Next week we will be getting even closer to the live music coming from the Civic Hotel as we will be sitting in its beer garden having ‘bar snacks’ for dinner.