Monday, 27 June 2011

[wa] heavenly plate, applecross

Heavenly Plate is a new(ish) vegetarian restaurant in Applecross. I've heard a lot about it primarily from one friend, and nothing else from any other source, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I manufactured an opportunity to eat there on the weekend.

In fact, what happened was that I was so excited I started tweeting about the menu immediately (using the hashtag #heavenlyplate). Heavenly Plate is vegetarian, and mostly vegan (or vegan options); there is an entire hot chocolate menu featuring items such as 'orange and cinnamon' and 'strawberry' and entrees such as mango bruschetta and all sorts of really exciting and interesting things.

We decided to maximise our tasting opportunities by sharing three entrees (between four people), then ordering our own mains with lots of sampling.

avocado rolls japanese wedges and wasabi mayo

Our entrees were the japanese wedges and wasabi mayo; the avocado rolls; and the murtabak. I wish the murtabak photo had turned out - aside from being incredibly delicious, it was beautifully and artistically laid out. The avocado rolls were encased in spring roll wrappers and fried, then served with a light mint (?) mayonnaise which was so delicious Danni scraped the remnants up with her knife in order to eat it all up. The murtabak was filled with a 'chicken tofu' and it was light and delicious with a lovely sauce and looked delightful, too. The wedges were herbed and sprinkled with nori, and the wasabi mayo had a spicy bite to it which became less potent (but no less delicious) as you continued.

thai green curry spaghetti noodleo

Alas, my bad luck with my photos continued in to our mains, so you only get to see two. Above on the left: my Thai green curry spaghetti. This looked rich, and being Thai green curry, it certainly was; but I didn't find it overwhelming, and I loved the combination. The carrot could have done with being a little softer, but aside from that it was delicious and I thought it was great. Dr G ordered the noodles with cheese wontons (sadly the wontons are not pictured). The noodles were exactly what one expects from a chasiu wonton noodle dish (which I love); the wontons were served in a slightly salty soup. The soup was perhaps slightly too salty, and the cheese wontons were interesting. I'm not sure what was in them, but definitely a cheesy flavour, and definitely worth a try.

Gilly ordered the the Tripple C, where the mock chicken was battered in flour and Diet Coke, and deep fried, served with some lovely crisp chips and a perfectly serviceable salad. Gilly reports that she could taste a slight Coke-y flavour to the batter, but the rest of us were unsure. Danni went for the chilli chicken in red jam, a beautifully presented dish featuring rice and vegetables and mock chicken and cashews. The flavour of this dish was excellent, and not spicy (more flavoursome), with a slight sweetness which I assume was the red jam.

chocolate sundae + sprinkles apple torte (because there was no pear)

Intrigued by the desserts and chocolates menu, we decided to split two desserts and each order a hot chocolate. Due to the unavailability of the peach pie, we ordered the apple torte and the chocolate sundae. Chocolates ordered to the table were the strawberry hot chocolate and the orange + cinnamon hot chocolate.

The chocolate sundae was So Good icecream with a whole lot of chocolate syrup and sprinkles. This was very fun to eat, but nothing exciting (aside from the experience of the chocolate sundae). The apple torte had a lovely flavour but I found it a little dry; I took this opportunity to combine the two, and this was excellent.

strawberry hot chocolate

The strawberry hot chocolate had been particularly recommended to me; alas, I found it way too sweet for me, and had to keep cleansing my palate with chocolate sundae. When one needs to palate cleanse with icecream, it is perhaps too sweet! I found the orange + cinnamon hot chocolate much more to my taste, with a light tang and a lovely sweetness. Alas then that I was not the person to order that chocolate!

Total bill for all that food came to just over $130. It was slightly too much food for all of us; each of my dining companions complained of being uncomfortably full, and I was leaning towards that myself. But certainly not disappointed. In fact, I am searching for excuses to dine there again before I depart Perth.

Heavenly Plate
899 Canning Highway
Applecross (WA)

open every day

didn't ask about gluten free options

little ramp up, easily navigable with wide apart tables inside. large, unisex toilets available. get there via the train (about a 5-10 minute walk from canning bridge station on the mandurah line) or a canning highway bus. some parking available.


Sarah said...

I love that even in Melbourne you know more about new vego places than I do in my own city. This is why your blog is awesome. I will definitely have to check this place, considering I work right down the road in Como and live in South Perth!

HayMarket8 said...

Looks great! I wish I could travel like that!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this review. I am in Perth but NOR and didn't know about them. We're not big fans of the fake meats however - were there many (any?) options without it??

steph said...

@Sarah I pride myself on staying in the know! Plus I love it so much when great new places come to Perth (more so than when they come to Melbourne, I think). Let me know what you think when you try it out!

@HayMarket8 sadly it was not for happy reasons

@Anonymous yes there were some non-mock-meat options, though not heaps. Most of the entrees were free of mock-meat, and there were some mains (though not heaps) that were free of mock-meat. I think you can probably go a whole meal without! Or ask for some mods - the spaghetti would have been just as delicious without!

Angie said...

Welcome back (sort of). :)

I've been passing the Heavenly Plate eatery for a while now. I do notice that they have a lunch special (or is an afternoon tea special) promotion going on and have been curious to try it. I didn't realise it was vegetarian though! But don't worry, the meat eater in me hasn't been put off. It's great to see more good quality vegetarian restaurants around. I would be interested in trying it. :)

Veggie Mama said...

I wish this had existed when I lived in Perth many years ago! cinnamon hot chocolate, mock chicken in coke... I am totally missing out :)

steph said...

Thanks Angie! Definitely give it a go, two of the friends I went with aren't vego and they really enjoyed it! I think any place that has fun with their food is definitely worth trying.

Vegie Mama, I know, right? So many great places in Perth now that I've left, but I'm happy for all the vegos who remain behind to try it out!

narf7 said...

I wish Perth had vegan restaurants when I lived in W.A.! I guess I shouldn't in Tasmania if you admit to being vegan they bury you alive!