But I didn't just want nice food, you can find good tasting food anywhere in the world - I wanted to explore new unique dining experiences. Melbourne they actually have dining in the dark (!! they say your sense of taste and smell is heightened because you lose your sense of sight) but unfortunately I didn't have the chance to give that a try.
Nevertheless, before my trip, I asked around on Twitter for peoples suggestions on places I should go, and a nice follower recommended me this place called Rose Heritage Cafe about 35 mins from Perth city.
It looked so pretty from the pictures on their website, I just had to check it out! :)
From the inside, the place looks cozy, but humble. It's the outside that is impressive - you'll see later on!
Check out their desserts section!! ♥_♥ And Peter's ice cream... Heaven on a Stick is orgasmically good.
My mum and Sam were pretty skeptical when I told them about this place, because it's located in the outbacks of Australia despite being only 30 minutes from Perth. I guess Perth itself is already pretty isolated and deserted in a way, lol. You know it's the outback when you run out of paved road, and it's just sand paths.
The beauty of this place lies in its vast gardens!!! A cafe in the middle of a Rose Nursery makes a lovely sight. I think they have what must be acres of carefully planted gardens!
What people living in the outback do. :) Listen to the birds up in the trees sing their chirpy songs and talk about baking pies.
Lol I'm not even kidding. I overheard a pair of middle-aged women's conversation, and it went like this:
*In a serious tone*... Woman 1: "Listen to me. You and I are going to do something this weekend.
Woman 2: "What is it?" *curious*
Woman 1: "We, are going to make chocolate pies. *dramatic 3 second pause*... With some sort of meat in them, I haven't decided what type yet. Mary did a chocolate pie last week, but ours are going to be better than Mary's. And we'll enter it in XXX competition. (I didn't get the name of the competition)"
And that was when I raised my eyebrows in complete bemusement and walked away. Meat and chocolate in a pie?!?
This buncha fake flowers hanging from the ceiling is so colorful and totally apt to set the cheery mood! Try spotting the rather unfortunate massive spider web.
We chose the indoor seating despite it being gorgeous outside because I'm afraid of butterflies, and there happened to be HEAPS fluttering around outside that day. I know, face palm incoming... a girl who's deadly afraid of moths & butterflies and insects in general wanting to dine at a Rose Cafe.
What? I like flowers but not creepy crawlies. Ah well you can't have everything in life.
I still haven't seen never ending fields of the Wildflower Season in Western Australia yet! I bet that'll be a sight to behold. One thing I'm looking forward to the next time I go! And Ningaloo Reef ;____;
Checking out more of the gardens while waiting for our meals to be served!
Lunch is served!!!
I get the feeling the salad on my plate was freshly plucked and washed from their gardens, coz our meals took quite awhile to get outta the kitchen :P
The food was so fresh! I mean, just look at it. It reeks of healthiness and home made goodness. For once I am eating non-sinfully. Freshness aside, taste wise wasn't exactly spectacular, although decent enough.
Makes me sad to type this because in the 3 days I've been back in Singapore, I've already had McDonalds twice. Ugh I'm disappointed in myself, but I've been feeling sick so I haven't found the enthusiasm to start cooking or going out to eat at nicer places yet.
But then of course, I go and spoil my healthy meal with a great big whopping dessert. Mango cheesecake with a huge dollop of cream on the side (which I didn't touch, try to believe me lol) and pretty rose petals on top to boot!!! BOMB.
Their desserts seem much more appetizing than their mains (mainly of salads, soups and sandwiches, light stuff)
Mum and I really caught up on spending precious quality time with each other. She's been so busy traveling in recent months, I haven't seen her that much at all but our time in Perth made up for the lost time.
In Singapore we never just sit down for a nice, quiet brunch and enjoy each others company. Even if we have the time, sometimes we just don't do it. I think it's Asian culture to sit down, order your food within 3 minutes, eat within 30 and GTFO. Kinda necessary when you live in a fast-paced city. I hear Australians take like 3 hours for their fancier dinners! It must be the copious amount of wine. Note to self - drink more wine. People who do generally seem more relaxed.
Sam and mum looking confused posing together for a photo. LOL. They don't do this very often. I think they dunno if they should put an arm around each other, do the peace sign or just stand there like awkward penguins, which they did.
Thank you to the follower who recommend this place!!! A perfect way to idle away a pretty Summer afternoon. :) And a great spot for touristy photos! If you have a secret (or not-so-secret lol) special place that you know of to escape the world and crowds because of it's unique ambience or location, do share with me! I'm getting tired of my usual chain restaurants.
Rose Heritage Cafe40 Masonmill Road Carmel WA 6076, Australia
Tel: (08) 9293 5112
Food quality: 3/5
Service / Ambience: 4/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Most suitable for: Tourists, people looking to enjoy a nice quiet cuppa tea