This Globe bears no resemblance to London’s thespian counterpart, but it does actually look sneakily similar to the decor in the Dome cafes. Coincidence? Who knows, but a friend of mine who’s lived in South Perth for many years insists there’s a story to be told.
This Globe on the popular Angelo St strip in South Perth is a busy lunch time venue, and I’ve grabbed a coffee and a bite to eat here many times. Globe’s cakes are popular because they offer both normal and mini sizes, which of course simply encourages greedy folks like me to try more than one. Don’t leave your cake eating till evening though, as the best ones have usually sold by mid-afternoon.
On this occasion via Dimmi, an offer of 50% off the food bill tempted our group of six to book in for dinner at The Globe. Along with glasses of wine for $6.50 (for an acceptable South Australian SBS or Cabernet Merlot), the offer was too good to pass up.
The specials of the day were grilled king snapper with roasted root vegetables, and chicken vindaloo. Call me crazy, but I would never ever ever order an Indian curry at a restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine. No sirree. I love chicken vindaloo and The Globe may have created a brilliant version, but I will never know.
Our resident carnivore Jai ordered the Scotch fillet steak with fries, mushrooms and vegetables. As is evident from the pic below, the presentation was rustic but Jai was content with her tender piece of meat – cooked medium as requested – and its sidekicks.
The consensus among the three of us who ordered the daily special of grilled king snapper, was that it was a reasonable but unremarkable piece of fish. Kept simple and served with a few pan fried prawns and steamed asparagus, it wasn’t Michelin Star material but for $16, was adequate. You know the old saying, “you get what you pay for”? Most of the time, it’s true.
Frau K’s choice of the pork belly slow cooked in pear cider, and served with Pink Lady apples, Asian style vegetables, and fried rice noodles, was an interesting concoction featuring pork crackling as well as pork belly. Hmm, double the fat and double the fun. Frau K was happy with her dish and its unusual combination of flavours, though it was overly rich and she could only manage half of it.
We had to check out the cakes on offer, though I’ve sampled these several times and found them to be perfect with a coffee in the afternoon. Between us we shared lemon tarts with cute smiley faces, and hazelnut cream layered cakes.
The service at Globe was friendly and efficient, and the wait time for food wasn’t long. I prefer to dine here for lunch, rather than dinner though, as the lunch time sandwiches, crusty rolls, and quiches and pies served with salads, are reliably good. We could hardly complain about dinner at the prices we paid, and it’s adequate for those who are happy with simple food. Although we didn’t find Globe’s cuisine to be innovative or anything special, it has won awards for its baking and for being Cafe of the Year in 2014. I find that surprising given the number of cafes in Perth serving better much quality food overall, but the award may have been influenced by Globe’s patisserie offerings, rather than its other food.