We recently stayed at Crown Perth with our son and realised very quickly there are very limited options for eating out with young children. So on our second night we tried to dine at Market and Co. We arrived at 6pm, admittedly without a booking, and was told we couldn’t eat there without a booking as they were fully booked tonight. We glanced across the one-third full restaurant and explained we’d just like a quick meal with our son and could guarantee to be out before 7pm. The answer was still no. So we went elsewhere only to walk past again around 7pm to a half full restaurant! So we decided to make a booking for the following night. We arrived at 6:30pm to be greeted by the same staff member as the previous night. We were quickly seated and noted only 4 other tables occupied at this time.
I decided after a hard day lazing by the swish resort pool I was going to end the day with a cocktail and chose the Chocolate Martini ($16) from their menu. The creamy chocolate drink was decorated with a chocolate dusted flower on top and was like liquid velvet.
Feeling rather peckish now, I chose the Scotch Fillet 300g ($39) which was served with roast hasselback potatoes, king oyster mushroom, baby carrots and a choice of 3 sauces, red wine jus, mushroom or pepper (I chose the red wine jus). It was presented well on the plate. The steak was cooked medium just as I’d asked and the potato was crispy and a little undercooked in the middle. However the carrots were incredibly undercooked and the red wine jus was more of a gravy.
My hubby ordered the Chicken Breast ($33) also served with roast hasselback potatoes, king oyster mushroom, baby carrots and a choice of 3 sauces, red wine jus, mushroom or pepper (he chose the pepper). Again this meal was presented well on the plate. The chicken was cooked through and moist but he had the same issue with the carrots and potato being undercooked.
For our son we ordered the Spaghetti Meatballs ($12) from the kids menu. The meatballs were actaully cut up pieces of sausage and the pasta was very soft tasting very much like tinned spaghetti. He only picked at it and spaghetti is his favourite!
We had also ordered a side of Cauliflower Mornay ($8) but regretted it after the first mouthful as the cauliflower was hard so it wasn’t eaten at all.
Our meals all arrived so quickly after ordering we wondered if everything had been freshly made or pre made and reheated. Overall it was a disappointing experience at Market and Co and one we’re not likely to ever repeat. It’s a shame because Crown has some great restaurants which we continue to enjoy and feel this one has unfortunately, on this occasion, let it down.
Market and Co
Gt Eastern Highway