Palais 85

31 August, 2010




85 South Perth Esplanade
Al a carte breakfast from 9am Saturdays
Breakfast buffet 8am – 11am Sundays
Brunch buffet 11.30am – 3pm Sundays
Fully Licensed

There is a big group of us for this outing to Palais 85 for their brunch buffet. Shirley Adams had tempted us all by emailing the menu so we decided to book and check it out. Amongst Shirley Adams, Coolio Ma-Cha-Cha, Juanita Sangria and Clive, we have a few new people to introduce – Lady Tango, Mr Gus and Johnny Awesome.

Palais 85 is right on the South Perth esplanade overlooking the beautiful swan river. The restaurant oozes the “fine dining” feel inside with high back chairs, crisp white tablecloths and chandeliers. Although, when you look outside on the terrace area where the buffet is, you would think you are on holidays in Thailand or Bali with the blue sky shining behind the sails and the live cooking station also placed outside. It’s then you realise the place has a bit of a “hotel” feel to it.

For the purpose of this review I am only looking at the buffet and not the al a carte menu. The breakfast buffet is $28.50 per person and the brunch buffet is $35 per person. I also took photos of the different plates people came back just to give an idea of what we had.

We arrived at 11.30am, which is the start of the brunch buffet service and after a chat and the ordering of the all important champagne, beers and coffee (I have a rule that if the toothpaste taste has gone then it’s not too early for alcohol) we decided to hit the buffet. We had all discussed at length how we were going to tackle the “brunch” aspect of this buffet. I decided on savoury “breakfast” for entree, lunch for mains then sweet “breakfast” for dessert. The others just went with a bit of everything in no particular order, although Coolio really excited at the idea of breakfast for dessert as well.

Mr Gus was clever and ordered an omelette for him and Lady Tango from the live cooking station first up as they take 5 mins to make, so I did the same and we got some other things from the buffet while we waited for those to cook. The live cooking station was great. The chef made fresh omelettes, eggs how you liked and he even made up some French toast at Clive’s request, which he said tasted wonderful. We all thought the omelettes were really nice and I liked that we could choose what filling we wanted.

I thought there was a good range of food on the buffet but most of us were disappointed there were no sausages and maybe some toast but there are sacrifices to be made in order to make it a “brunch” style menu.
A few of us had bacon and it seemed a little stale even though we were there early. The eggs Florentine also got mixed responses, although I never got to try them because every time I went up there were none. The pancakes with a choice of cream, berry compote and maple syrup had mixed responses with some getting the first batch saying they were nice and fluffy and others getting the second batch which should never have been put out they were that burnt. Lady Tango said she tried to persevere with the burnt charcoal flavour but it eventually became too much. She said, “having brunch was a good idea in this case because it was late enough for me to be able to wash away the burnt flavour with champagne.” Again, I missed out on pancakes due to the station not being re-filled any time I went up.

Everyone loved the salmon with its crispy skin and capers as well as the prawn skewers. The roast pumpkin salad was also popular. Clive, Coolio and I had the chocolate mousse which was rich and delicious. Clive also had the pannacotta which he said was nice but had an “air freshener” after taste. I think the fact these desserts were served in plastic wine tasting cups made them lose some of that fine dining touch.

As usual, I will include Coolio-Ma-Cha-Cha’s review on her breakfast,

I was of course STARVING by 11.30am even after a light breakfast to tide me over, so I was pretty excited at the thought of a buffet! I first helped myself to an assortment of savoury brunch goodies, bacon (bit undercooked for me, no crunch), poached eggs with hollandaise (too runny but great taste), roast potatoes (delicious), Skewers of prawns (delightful), cold pumpkin and nut salad (quite good). All in all these were all fairly good and I ate everything on my plate washed down with a nice glass of pineapple juice and was thrilled to still have room for pancakes, DESSERT BREAKFAST!! A dream come true. I helped myself to some pancakes with maple syrup and fresh cream and a little choc mousse on the side (as you do) and they were lovely! Light and fluffy and very, very tasty. My Latte was a great accompaniment to the flapjacks, it had a nice flavour although wasn’t quite warm enough.

I think Palais 85 is in a lovely setting with a great view and it was a really nice way to kick off a beautiful Perth Sunday.”

Juanita Sangria came along with her family and they all loved the buffet, especially her dad who is a very fussy eater! Shirley Adams commented that the brunch idea is fantastic as she is not a “jump out of bed and eat” type of person.
We all agreed the location of Palais 85 was wonderful with a nice view and the service at the tables was great, with our plates being cleared quickly. The re-filling of the buffet could have been a bit more efficient with many of us checking back a few times for something in particular but having to wait.

Overall I think Palais 85 is good in terms of “buffets” but there is always that just not 100% fresh taste about the food. I would rather spend the upper prices of around $20 for a breakfast dish and $6 for a coffee at a flash restaurant also with nice views than spend $35 to gorge myself on luke warm food. This place is great for a nice family brunch with a bit of class but don’t expect to be blown away by the food.
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  • Reply Conor @ Hold the Beef 2 September, 2010 at 9:41 am

    >I love your toothpaste rule and think I shall adopt it as my own.

    Yeah I think I agree with you on the overall wrap up. I'd rather pay ten dollars less and get an awesome fresh breakfast, I think. I have VERY high standards with breakfast buffets after being to so many blow-your-socks-off ones, and embarrassing my fellow diners with my consumption, so I think I'd be disappointed here.

    Still, can't go wrong with champers at breaky :)

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 2 September, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    >Which ones have blown your socks off for breakky?? Any in Perth? I have been to the Hyatt and Burswood for dinner and they were awesome but haven't tried breakfast there. I'd LOVE to try an awesome breakfast buffet!

  • Reply Conor @ Hold the Beef 3 September, 2010 at 3:10 am

    >Sadly the super amazing ones I've been to have all been overseas – most notably the Chateau Fairmont in Lake Louise (lobster hollandaise, anyone?), Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Conrad Hilton in Nusa Dua and Padma Hotel in Legian.

    I've done a few Perth ones with visiting family members but I can't recall any socks being blown off :(

    Hmm, perhaps we should book a holiday to Bali?

  • Reply Devan 19 October, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    >I definitely agree with you. For me, I'd rather get something fresh, bright, and made on the spot rather than pay close to $30 for an average buffet. How much can you really eat to make up for the 30 dollars worth?

    Keep up the good work Liz! 😉

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 19 October, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    >Glad you agree Devan! Although I secretly want to try the Sizzler breakfast buffet. Thanks for the feedback. :)

  • Reply Anonymous 29 November, 2010 at 4:08 am

    >I went to Palais 85 for a Football Grand final breakfast with 25 friends. The waitress poured a pot of hot tea on my leg. After initially agreeing to reimburse my medical expenses, Palais have so far reimbursed me $0, claiming that "it was an accident that could have happened at home" I would never go there again having seen how they treat their customers.

  • Reply Anonymous 30 August, 2011 at 5:36 am

    >My girlfriends and I went to palais 85 for a high tea in perth as we heard it was a good venue, we were nothing but happy with the customer service that was provided, in contrast to the comment above.

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