Heather's Hutch, 140 Broadway,Nedlands. Open Monday to Saturday, breakfast to dinner. Bookings accepted, but not required.
Leece and myself decided to visit Heather's Hutch just before going to the Grads production of A Winter's Tale. As always, we left very well fed.
Heather's Hutch is a small dine-in restaurant, and a more sizeable catering business. The decore is simple and neat, with one wall being covered with one of the largest magazine racks I have ever seen. It is, unfortunately, a little on the warm side - although in winter this is a decided benefit.
The dinner menu is fairly comprehensive, with a wide selection of pastas, and a good selection of other dishes. We decided to forgo entree, and Leece ordered lemon-pepper snapper, and I had a Thai chicken curry. To balance this, we shared a Mediterranian salad.
Leece's fish came as four small fillets (adding up to a good serving), perfectly grilled, and perched on a generous serving of home-cut wedges, with a light side-salad. My curry was even more generous, with large rice-ball surrounded by a moat filled with chicken pieces and a mild but tasty curry. It was, however, the Mediterranian salad that stole the show. Lightly wilted greens, cucumber and tomatoes, all tossed in a balsamic vinegar dressing, with lots of marinated mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, fetta, and sun-dried tomatoes scattered throughout. Delicious! And, really, enough to serve three or four as a side. We stuffed almost all of it!
The menu dessert seems rather uninspired, until you look at the innocently named 'cake cabinet'. This night it was rather depleted, but the apricot slice and the hazlenut shortbread that Leece chose were stunning. For my part, I had a near-perfect melting moment, and a florentine that was pretty much worth the price of admission in itself, and could be used as an example of what just about every other one has been trying to achieve!
Finally, our coffees were very nice, and very prompt.
All-in-all, we spent, including our Entertainment Book discount, $45 for two courses with an extra mains-sized salad and three coffees (I had two). Undiscounted, it would have come out to around $60, or $30 a head, and well worth the money. Mains average around $16, and desserts $1.50 to $3.00 (biscuits and slices respectively).
If you are in the area, they are a recommended feed - and if the catering side is up to the same level (and there is no reason to think otherwise), they would be a good choice for a function.