If you read my posts you will know that I certainly travel far and wide to taste new and interesting food and restaurants when I am overseas but am much more of a creature of habit here in Perth.  I usually travel around in my local areas and rarely head further a field except when doing country trips but this all changed on Saturday with a long overdue trip out to a cafe that I heard lots of great things about.

Boutique Travel Cafe is located in Aveley just near the Swan Valley and combines a couple of things that I really love great food and travel, although on a Saturday night the travel aspect of the cafe was not open (as you would expect) and we were able to settle in for an amazing meal.

Outfitted well, with professional, well trained staff all adds up to make a visit to Boutique a real joy.  From the moment that we walked in to the end of the meal we all enjoyed the experience of the cafe.

The ethos behind dining in the evening is more around share plates, although there are dishes which I think would work best just for one but we did not have any dishes that we all did not enjoy.

We headed out to the Swan Valley first and did a couple of wine and beer tastings before arriving at the Cafe and as Zac and Juan had been before left it up to them to order the food for us to enjoy and the choices did not disappoint.

We shared a range of dishes over the course of a couple of hours and then ordered individual deserts (but more on that later).

The beauty about share plates and how it works here is, that as soon as the kitchen has a dish ready it comes out and we all get to dig into some delightful food.

We began with warmed olives and chorizo served with fresh crusty toast that was followed by the most delightful potato and chorizo empanadas served with the most fragrant tasty red pepper and nut dressing.  To go along with this we had the cooked and cured meat board that was served with house pickles and warm bread.  The home made chutney was a gorgeous addition to this dish and all three dishes were a great start to the night.

This was followed by sticky lamb ribs with herb slaw and grilled lemon, jerk chicken with roasted vegetables and chipotle mayonnaise and a gorgeous prawn risotto that was served with a beautiful grilled barramundi fillet on top . Zac chose the seasonal vegetables that were pan fried and dressed up to go with these three main dishes and it was the perfect accompaniment.

All of these dishes were well presented and each one offered a different aspect of the skill and creativity of the chef.  The sticky lamb ribs were full of flavour and cooked to perfection…the only criticism of this dish was the slaw which was dry and did not really add anything to the dish at all.

The jerk chicken was also full of flavor and the roasted vegetables and mayonnaise just added another dimension to the dish.  You could really taste and enjoy the spices on the chicken.

The prawn risotto was cooked perfectly and with the addition of the barramundi fillet made the perfect third dish.  The fish was succulent and no element of the dish stopped the flavor from coming through.  It was delightful.

And then it was time for some sweet things to round out our meal and Zac chose a salted caramel cake with vanilla ice cream, Trevor chose the chocolate pudding with berry compote and ice-cream and I had the homemade, hot cinnamon donuts with sweet raspberry dip and oh my god each one of them was sheer perfection!

Trevor loves all things chocolate and he really adored the pudding and the fact that it was not this small little pudding but a really nice size that was just delicious.

Zac loved the salted caramel cake and the ice cream just added to the overall flavors on offer here and then there were the home made cinnamon donuts…where do I begin these were perfectly crafted and simply delicious and add to this the stunning berry dipping sauce and you have another perfect sweet thing to finish a meal off perfectly.

This is by no means a huge menu but then it doesn’t really need to be as there was plenty on offer and there really was not one dish that disappointed.

If you are in the area or just want to try something new then head down to see Wayne and the team at Boutique Travel…you will not be disappointed!

Boutique Travel Cafe

Shop 9A 31 Egerton Drive AVELEY
Perth, Australia
(08) 6296 5388

Mon – Tues
Breakfast: 7:30am – 11.30am
Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Closed

Wednesday – Thursday
Breakfast: 7:30am – 11.30am
Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – late

Friday – Saturday
Breakfast: 7:30am – 11.30am
Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – late

Sunday
Breakfast: 8:00am – 11.30am
Sunday Sesh: 12pm – 8pm