Spring seems to have pretty well sprung and the days are getting warmer – and where better to spend a sunny morning and early afternoon than at Claisebrook Cove looking out over the water?
Anyway that is just what we did earlier this week, visiting the Partisan, sitting out on their forecourt, enjoying the sun and the food and the wine. Of course, if you wish there is plenty of room inside for seating, but everyone when we were lunching was outside like us.
The Partisan has a breakfast menu – very popular spot on weekends for brekky – an all day brunch selection, lunch menu from midday, as well as a slightly different set of offerings for dinner.
We were more than happy to choose from the brunch menu which included dishes such as sautéed wild mushrooms on toasted brioche, roast courgette and red pepper tarte tatin, and Jerez eggs – fried with chorizo and served with chilli jam.
But we settled upon a poppy seed bagel with smoked salmon and Portuguese sardines.
Dense, chewy, doughy, with a nutty and crisp exterior the bagel was slathered with cream cheese which had been infused with chives and a touch of mild chilli, spears of firm, fresh grilled asparagus, two soft poached eggs, oozing and creamy, and salty, smoky fish creating explosions of flavours and texture.
Sardines had been, perhaps, oven roasted, giving them a slightly crisp skin, and were dowsed in a tomato and sherry sauce, currants, a few leaves of crisply fried basil, and sitting atop grilled sourdough.
The salty, oily, slippery fish was tender and juicy, and the sauce full of complementary flavours – savoury sweetness from the tomatoes, sharper sweet hints from sherry and explosions of grapey delights from the currants. A couple of slices of sourdough soaked up the remnants of the sauce.
This dish worked a treat.
The small wine list included one of our favourite roses, so we plumped for that. From Languedoc Pierre et Papa Rosé is made from cinsault; it is bright pink, with lifted strawberry notes on the nose; has a touch of sweetness on the mid palate, but finishes quite dry with raspberry notes predominating.
It was a beautiful support for our food, as well as being just the shot for sitting in the sun by the water.
This is a top spot to enjoy Perth’s riverside outdoors – the promenade along the river front is home to a number of restaurants, pubs, cafés and the Partisan is one of the best. Great waiters, friendly and accommodating, very good food at whatever time of day, sound wine and drinks list, and that outlook…..