Bf and I have date nights where we spend time together as a couple minus our friends and family (not that we mean that we don't love being in their company as a couple, but you know you need your own couple time). So a few weeks (to a month?) back we went to see the Mousetrap (a murder mystery) on stage, at His Majesty Theatre.
The Mousetrap, a Agatha Christie novel (not the mousetrap game nor the kid's movie!), was really quite a spectacular show. It has been running for 60 years (this is their 60th year!). Like I said before it's a murder mystery and the answer to "who dunnit?" question is asked to be kept as a secret after each show so that it can be enjoyed by others. You can't even Wikipedia it! Trust me! Anyway, the show is much faster paced that I imagined with bits of humour through all the seriousness of the murder. The best bit is trying to guess the twist (and believe it or not we got it right!). If it comes back to Perth you really should go and see it, otherwise it's still running on Broadway and West End and will be travelling to New Zealand.
The set of the Mousetrap @ His Majesty's Theatre
OLIVER'S RESTAURANT on James Street
Before the show the we had dinner at Oliver's Restaurant on James street in Northbridge, which was something bf wanted to go back and try and we really did enjoy it last time we were there. Unfortunately, this time around it was rather disappointing (and they still have this strange fascination with sprouts!!)
We ordered an entree special - a prawn ravioli dish. It came out and the presentation was rather clumsy. They gave us THREE huge pieces of ravioli and it looked like well.. something threw up, but I guess at least it smelt good.
The prawn ravioli special.
But apart from the dish smelling beautiful, this was where it ended. The pasta was not cooked and you can clearly tell it wasn't by the fact that it still tasted like dough! and when you look at it, it was still that uncooked dough colour, EXCEPT they have tried to hide it with their yellow sauce. EPIC FAIL.
I think it's rather unacceptable that this was to happen. But hoped that this was just a lapse (not that that's an excuse! especially seeing as it was the special!).
Our mains consisted of their regular a la carte menu of pork belly for the boy and the fish special for me.
Bf enjoyed his dish although the crackling wasn't too crackled, the pork was succulent and the sauce matched well, although he did wish there was more.
The fish special of snapper with bacon pieces and scallops on the other hand, although cooked well, not overcooked, had this very strong fishy smell that you sometimes get when the fish is off or starting to be and I just hope that wasn't the case (I didn't get food poisoning so it wasn't the case!). I couldn't fish the meal though because of the smell, it just got to me too much. The scallops on the other hand were cooked perfectly.
It really was a disappointment that the meal was rather lack-luster and in fact bordering failing and to top it off the waiters tried to charge us for distilled water which we didn't have. Pity because we had such a good time the last two occasions we went to Oliver's.
THE MOON CAFE
After watching Mousetrap we hunted for a dessert place in the city, (not a cake place - because then we would have ventured to No. 44 King Street Cafe) which did not exist much to our disappointment. So we drove into Northbridge and sat at the Moon and ordered our dessert of mud cake for the boy and the Afghan cookie for me.
The Moon's chocolate mud cake with ice cream
The mud cake was rather heavenly and was not dense like it traditionally is but the hot chocolate sauce it came with was the perfect match to the ice cream and cake.
The Afghan Cookie
The Afghan cookie is a biscuit with a punch with pecan nuts mixed through it. It was crunchy and has this wonderful nutty flavour to it. It's divine with the chocolate sauce and ice cream. It made the night.
The great thing about the Moon is the fact that it provides hearty food in the dead of the night (and decent food at that) and has a great range of desserts including dessert pizza (big enough to satisfy all sweet tooth). It's chilled and filled with backpacker waiters. The service isn't the best but the vibe and love is there.
Overall, the night date was just the perfect bit of culture, excitement, disappointment and delight. The perfect way to spend it with my boy.