The Richardson Hotel, West Perth

February 23, 2008

Linda and I stayed at The Richardson Hotel from February 14 through 16, 2008. It is located in an upscale low-rise business and residential neighborhood just outside Perth’s main business and government center. This hotel has mostly suites; ours, 709, had a bedroom that was just large enough, a spacious living room with a kitchenette and a large balcony. There was a nice view of downtown Perth, but it might have been better to be on another side as the rooftop air conditioners of nearby office buildings were right outside our window. There is a large spa, a good fitness center, a nice indoor pool and a business center.

Nearby is the end of Hay Street, lined with shops, restaurants etc. Its broad sidewalks were very busy weekdays, less so in the evening and completely deserted on the weekend. We walked down it and were in the heart of Perth in 25 minutes. We went to the Art Gallery of Western Australia and saw the shopping area. On the other side of the hotel is King’s Park, with its fine botanical garden of native western Australian trees and plants.

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We had an excellent lunch in the restaurant of The Richardson, Opus. (Linda also had breakfast there in the mornings.)  While it is expensive, there was a special at lunchtime menu with three choices for each course (two courses A$44, three A$55.)

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We started with the Grilled baby calamari with warm potato and bacon salad.

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Then we had Saffron risotto with grilled prawns and chanterelles.
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I had a dessert: Chestnut parfait with crunchy nougat and espresso jelly.

 

The entire lunch was amazingly good. The chef knew how to put together an interesting dish without the excess complication one tends to find in Australia. I predict that Opus will start to achieve high ratings in the reviews.

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I would choose The Richardson again.

www.therichardson.com.au

 

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