We were looking for a coffee place in East Perth, and Toast was closed, so decided to try the Partisan just next door which enjoys the same Claisebrook inlet views, and chose to sit outside – that is after we managed to get someone’s attention to let us know if we could just take a seat wherever.
The place was quite full, especially the alfresco area, but we did manage to get seats at the wooden bar/bench cleverly wrapped around a pretty Poinciana tree and facing the water. Once seated it took a few moments for us to get our coffee order in (only one- I was on the diet coke), and not needing many excuses to eat, also asked for the menus. Unfortunately, following this, it took over 20 minutes to get anyone’s attention to order snacks and we only managed to order when the coffee eventually arrived. For the record the coffee was good, but nothing to write home about.
The Mediterranean menu was pleasing to me, being quite the Francophile and noticing the Croque Monsieur and Madame, croissants and the incorrectly spelt “Moules Marinare” (Mariniere). There was also Jerez Eggs (eggs in a roasted tomato and cumin sauce with chorizo and chilli-jam) – sounded like a zingier twist on Huevos con chorizo, though I doubt there is any Sherry actually used in the dish or that they do this version in Jerez to justify the name. Sadly I only noticed this after we had ordered, so didn’t get to try it. We ended up ordering a Croque Monsieur and a Chocolate croissant to share.
We had more trouble trying to get someone’s attention for the bill, so we dragged ourselves from the view to pay inside. The decor inside was quite trendy and reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, and it did make me want to come back and try dinner there sometime. Pleasant food and great vista, just the lengthy waits for ordering and eating a bit of a let down. I certainly won’t hold that against them this time, but will be back to try those Spanish eggs for breakfast or even dinner with their tasty-looking Mediterannean influenced night menu.