Monday, September 08, 2014

Ti Amo Cafe, Perth WA

We were in a fix. I was in shorts, slippers and t shirt and there weren't many decent eating places in the vicinity that would allow me in. But thankfully Ti Amo did, without so much as batting an eye lid.

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The Menu

I'm fuzzy as to the exact location of the place but it struck me as a dimly lighted Italian restaurant targeted more at couples than a raucous bunch aka yours truly and friends. And with a name like Ti Amo (Italian for I love you), I would probably assume so as well.

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American Platter

God knows what possessed us to order an American dish in an Italian restaurant. Maybe it was the chicken wings. But whatever the reason, it was a bad choice. The buffalo wings were way too drenched in sweet sauce and were rather miniscule as compared to the real deal. The deep fried potato skins fared a little better but could do with a little more crisp.

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Scotch Fillet

The scotch fillet, or more commonly known as the ribeye in Singapore, was quite good. Done to a medium well instead of the requested medium and sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes, the meat was still tender and flavourful with a beautiful crusty surface. Only small gripe I had was that it was a touch too salty. And to top off, two large and fresh shrimps beautifully cooked and drizzled with a mildly creamy sauce. Delicious!

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Sticky Date Pudding

A decent sticky date pudding to end off dinner; Moist and not too sweet but a tad too kueh (steamed cake) like for my liking. The accompanying scoop of ice cream was forgettable though, with ice chips in it and a lack of vanilla bean.

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Bill

Dinner was a pretty relaxed affair and cost the 3 of us about AUD 110 (~ SGD 130), which wasn't too expensive by Aussie standards. Though the food quality was generally average, the scotch fillet did stand out. And for that, I might just drop by again.


Final Verdict:

Ambience: 7/10 (definitely more for couples)
Service: 7/10
Food: 6/10 (7.5/10 for the scotch fillet)
Value for money: 7/10 (I'm being a little generous here because of the scotch fillet)

Overall: 6.75/10

Address: 57 Hampden Road, Nedlands

Contact: (08) 9386 6611

Opening Hours: 7 days a week, 7am till late

Website: http://www.tiamocafe.com.au/

3 comments:

UdyRegan said...

If a restaurant has got awesome food in their kitchen ready to be served, I don't care what kind of crowd they're catering for, I'll dig my jacket out of the storage closet and make my way down. To live is to eat!

UdyRegan said...

I love reading food reviews, especially sincere ones like yours. Sometimes reading sponsored reviews could be particularly unconvincing or pretty biased because the blogger is rather caught in the middle. That aside, I am now salivating from the thought of the mouth-watering scotch fillet which comes with the prawns which are my favourite seafood of all times. I will definitely drop by Ti Amo if I happen to be around the vicinity when I am in Perth.

Paul Chau said...

While I suppose it's important to dress up with the jackets and shirts in storage once in a while, I wouldn't mind heading to a decent restaurant dressed in shorts and a t-shirt once in a while.