Jeremy and I started our Valentines Day planning early this year; throwing around a few names of places before settling on Subi Hotel. I've been here a few times and always enjoyed it, but he was yet to try it - and after looking at the menu he was quite taken.
We booked a table and managed to score one on the outside terrace; arriving on the night right on the dot of our reservation. Inside was already packed, and when we were shown to our cute little corner table, I was pleased to see they'd put little chocolates in the shape of a love heart to mark the occasion. Very cute indeed!
The menu for the night looks great and there's some delicious sounding specials too. It doesn't take us long to settle on our food for the night. We place our orders and do the coupley thing which I suppose I should say is looking longingly in one another's eyes but is rather saying sweet things in between our daily chit chat.
But what I particularly love (and am surprised by how great it is), is the date puree. It's sweet, decadent and marries so well with all the ingredients on the plate. I know some people might not like to describe food like this, but it's a damn sexy dish and I will definitely be ordering this next time I go back here.
The wasabi and mayonnaise on the side are the perfect accompaniments. I love the black sesame gyzo, they're crunchy and lightly salted. A great textural offering on the plate. All in all, pretty good but because Jeremy's dish was so good I couldn't help but feel some dish envy.
Jeremy's King George Whiting Fillets with Potato Galette, Peas and Bay Leaf Cream ($34) are excellent. The fish is soft and flaky, the peas fresh and full of flavour. I have to admit, once again I'm suffering from food envy - it's a really great bit of cooking.
Lucky for me, he's happy to swap partway so we both get to eat two different mains. Excuse the dodgy photo - in my haste to eat it looks like I got a bit too excited snapping away with my camera.
The flavours work well together, especially when combining the sweet charred pineapple and rice which is more like eating rice bubbles. It's a very generous serving despite how it looks and I find myself getting very full.
The pannacotta itself is silky smooth; however the rosemary is a bit strong for my taste. That said he really likes it - particularly when combining it with the strawberry ice. The black olive caramel is a bit too intense in flavour and not sweet enough - but when everything is combined in one bite it somehow works.
It's a great way to end our Valentines Day meal as we both finish off my dessert together since it's so big it's ideal to share.
I have to say, I really enjoyed our night out at the Subiaco Hotel. This place is an institution for the suburb and a must try for people that love great food at a reasonable price. All this on top of my beautiful roses delivered to my work - I have to say I am feeling pretty lucky right about now!