Following a Saturday cycle we decide to detour to the Red Chair in Subiaco for an early lunch. Amidst the flurry of weekend grocery shoppers at Crossways Shopping Centre, the Red Chair Café offers a full breakfast menu, cakes, salads, gourmet rolls and some delicious authentic Asian dishes – all made at the cafe too.
We were borderline famished and looking forward to a big warming meal to tide us over until dinner. We place an order at the counter for a Com bi Suon and Laksa Lemak choosing the vegetarian option. Being early meant we were eating in no time.
Pork chops on a lunch menu is an opportunity not to be ignored, and this brings me to the Com bi Suon. Marinated Pork, rice, salad, pickled vegetables, shredded pork and a fried egg. It’s a highly delicious well rounded meal. The simple pleasure of forcing the yolk from the egg over the rice and combining a nice spoonful with some pork might just be the highlight of the Com Bi Suon. But then again those couple of pickled vegetables are quite good too.
The coconut based curry soup was beautifully fragrant and rich with a nice mild heat of chilli. An assortment of vegetables like mushrooms, snow peas and broccoli along with noodles and savory tasting tofu puffs were very enjoyable, and as far as Laksas go, this vegetarian version is unbelievably delicious. Not to mention the serving was quite decent.
The fresh ingredients were a noticeable standout to the meals because this only amplifies the yummy flavour, and there was plenty of it! The crunchy pickled vegetables. The crisp salad. The plump juicy mushrooms. The creamy soup. Good. Great. Best.
The comforting home style dishes and the casual food court dining experience makes the Red Chair one of my favourite spots for a quick lunch in Subiaco.
If the food court is full, ask for a takeaway dish and head over to the small park (think it is called Theatre Gardens) next to the Subiaco Library or the one on Park Street (After Axon Street intersection toward the city). In saying this it doesn’t take too long before a table frees up.
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