Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chapels on Whatley

We celebrated our 15 years of togetherness and 1 year anniversary September last year at Chapels on Whatley, an Asian Fusion tea house turned café about 4½ years ago. 

Having read numerous reviews about Chapels on Whatley on various social media platforms, we decided to trust my gut's instinct (despite the mixed reviews) and giving it a go anyway. 

We booked for 12pm and on arrival the tea café was already full! I am glad we made that reservation a couple of days prior!

On arrival we were given a really nice table right in the middle of the dining area, close to the display table and tea cabinets.

We started off with a pot of tea to shared at $5.50 per person for 2 hour period with unlimited (water) topped up. We chose my favourite tea Pu-erh, a microbial fermentation and oxidation of the tea leaves, after they have been dried and rolled. All type of pu-erh can be stored to mature before consumption, which is why it is commonly labelled with year and region of production.
The tea came out in a clear tea pot with 2 sets of clear cup and saucer, which looked kinda lovely apart from the water stained/spots on both the cups and the tea pot. 

Being Asians, we typically love sharing food in general so it came to no surprised that we have chosen 2 dishes to shared, the first one was the Oriental Tasting Plate
which was a combination of Asian treats including Fried Vietnamese Rice Paper Spring Rolls (typically known as Chả Giò Rế - closer translation would be Net Seafood Spring Roll), Vegetarian Fried Spring Rolls, Steamed Shaomai Prawn and Pork Dumplings, Thai Spicy Fish Cakes, Japanese Takoyaki (octopus balls) and Chinese BBQ Pork Buns $29.95

The second dish we ordered was the Duck & Orange Salad
with Slow Roasted & Shredded Peking Duck, Orange Segments, Asian Greens and fried onions.
The duck was nicely roasted, moist together with the sweetness of the orange slices and the Asian Greens; it took us literally minutes to devour our dish!  

Chapels on Whatley was an exotic place with high ceilings, brick walls and all sort of exotic furniture and paintings - the place made me feel like I was being transported in time to the 1920s-30s Old Shanghai, instead of just the good old Perth!

Curious with Chapels on Whatley's exterior décor, I wander out the back towards the 2 outdoor areas in the courtyard and took some photos of the terracotta warriors and other things.

Overall, we had an amazing anniversary lunch! Thank you Keith and the team for the yummilicious food (and tea) and friendly service - I can't wait to go back again to try the High Tea menu!

Chapels on Whatley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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