Hmmmm….. wintery weather. We really don’t have too much to complain about in the west, what with the abundance of blue sky weekends that we have been gifted with this year. One such Sunday, GG and I took the opportunity to catch up with his parents for breakfast to hear all about their recent cruising adventures in Europe. Now we are North of the River and they are a little more south, so I thought about somewhere that was close to half way between us. I had fond memories of visits to Bluewater Grill in Applecross many, many moons ago, but thought it would work as somewhere central. I had my fingers crossed that we were able to snag a booking and the stars aligned and the four of us were set to head there on a sunny Sunday morning.
It’s an entirely picturesque spot, perched high with an impressive expanse of the Swan River on show.
We were shown a table outside, which initially I was worried it may be slightly chilly (sunny yes, but it is still winter) but thankfully we were right against the main restaurant wall and there was also a heater just above us, which provided our group with ample heat. So with our seats assigned we wandered inside to suss out what was on offer in their buffet selection. It definitely seemed to have something to keep most folks happy and for $31.50 for adults, it seemed reasonable, as I suspected I would not be needing lunch!
There was the more traditional breakfast fare – one the cold side, your cereals, danishes and other pastries and also yoghurt and fruits. Then on the hot side, there were eggs, either scrambled or in a frittata, along with bacon, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc, all ready to roll with your preferred type of toast. Hard to know where to start!
I decided I’d start with the hot food and loaded up my plate with some of the frittata, their homemade baked beans, hashbrowns, mushrooms and tomato.
I’ve never been a big fan of scrambled eggs from a buffet, tend to find them a little watery, so my attention went straight to the frittata, as a preferred eggy option. I liked it, especially with some of their own style of baked beans – very, very tasty! The hashbrowns had just been topped up with I arrived so they were wonderfully fresh and everything else had a really pleasant flavour. With round one done and a serious dent made in my appetite, I wandered back for round two.
It was time for something sweeter, so I decided I we should partake in a pancake or two, a small croissant and also a churros, because they were there and why not :) The strawberry was my token fruit.
This plate probably didn’t wow me as much as the first. No issue with the pancakes, they were light and fluffy and suitably drowned in maple syrup :) However the churros was a little too dry and I thought the same of the croissant, even when I tried to generously coat it in Berenberg jam. So that was a bit of a shame. I let myself sit for a spell, sipping on a peppermint tea (which was T2 – my favourite!)
I was by no means starving at this point, but there was a few final items I fancied trying so I wandered back inside and selectively placed some on my plate. This was more of a salute to the more European options….. cheese and cold meats and perhaps even a nod to the states with a baby bagel. It wasn’t a bad way to end. I have a lot of time for ham and salami and even more for cheese. Ahhhhh cheese – you are a wonderful thing and how indulgent to be able to slice of a chunky piece of brie and smush it on your bagel. Good times.
I thought the range on offer was solid and none of us left hungry. Given we had fancied chatting I suspect we should have arrived slightly earlier so that we would have had more time for another cup of coffee or tea to just sit and relax, but arriving at 9, it was 10.30 before we knew it. No fault of the place though and just something to consider if you are heading that way and would like to linger.
A pretty spot with tasty food. I don’t head out for breakfast often, but this place deserves to stay fond in my memory :) Nice work Bluewater!