Friday, 21 October 2011

X-ray Bar

Now let me just say that this place was ADORABLE! The staff were really friendly and I had a delicious cocktail. 

Food Choices

Good! Well, not bad. There were several options for mains which is better than a lot of places. There was a pasta dish ($22), tomato soup ($12), veggie burger ($16) as well as wedges and nachos. The pasta dish was outside of budget, but the soup (which was apparently "hearty") was inside, as well as the burger. It came with wedges for an extra $2.

I was particularly impressed that the pasta dish could be made a meat dish for an extra $6. This fits my ethos of "vegetarian meals should be cheaper". 

I must admit, I broke my budget. I was thinking about changing the budget to $25, but instead I've left it at $20 and excluded drinks. I think this is fair. However, last night for the duration of when I bought my meal I was thinking about a $25 budget. So I bought the pasta.

It looks pretty tasty

Also, I may have mentioned this before, but I'm really wary of veggie burgers. They are often terrible, so I tend to avoid them. (Someone recommend me a good one!)

Food quality

So I'm going to rank the pasta, and the veggie burger, because my friend ordered the veggie burger. This way I'm technically reviewing something in budget as well.

So the pasta was pretty average. It was cooked fine, and the veggies in it were nice, fresh, etc, but it was a bit bland. It was OK, definitely edible, but could have been better for the price.

My friend was happy with her burger. She said the patty was particularly tasty, and had obviously been home made. However, she said the burger as a whole could have been improved with some more fillings. I tasted a bit of the patty, and wasn't too impressed. It wasn't horrible, but I'm very hard to please with veggie patties.

Overall Rating

1 point per vegetarian choice (max 3):  3 - 1 for the soup, 1 for the burger, 0.5 for the pasta as it was out of budget, but 0.5 for the nachos because they sounded filling and less like a side.
Quality of meal (1-3): 2
Value for money (1-3):  2
X-factor (0-1): 1

Total: 80%

Overall not bad. The place was cute, had a nice atmosphere, and a live jazz band. Would thoroughly recommend the Apple Crumble cocktail. It was amazing. I wouldn't go there to eat though, everyone agreed the food was a bit disappointing.

Guess I will just have to drink my calories tonight...

UPDATE: 21/9/2012
So, we went back last night and the place is just as adorable. This time around I ordered the gnocchi (which wasn't on the menu last time and was $24) as well as a Lucy's face cocktail. The cocktail apparently containied "ingredient x and some kind of fruit" which made it pretty exciting, and tasty. My friend's mojitio came in a jar as well, which was cool.

The gnocchi was really really good. It kind of melted in your mouth and I really enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend.

I also got to try some of the nachos. They were $16 and labelled "for two" but seemed to be closer to a one person meal. They were good as well, they tasted like actual food (I usually count nachos closer to junk food than a meal, but these ones were substantial).

So, I would definitely recommend this place for food. The atmosphere was great and the food seems to have improved since my last visit.

Guess I won't just have to drink my calories tonight...

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  2. Hi,

    Just a recommendation of a few good veggie burgers I know!

    Missy Moos - Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
    this burger is actually excellent, it has all the right salads and a very large pumpkin and butter bean patty. i haven't found another burger like this one! the bread is soft and the flavours of the burger are just so perfect that i can't comprehend how someone came up with it!

    Burgers with Attitude - Bean Burger
    delicious (although i believe the patty is deep fried), the bread is soft and the relish is very tasty.

    1. Thanks for the recs! Will try them out next time I'm in Freo!

  3. Nics burger shak in morley make a mushroom and rolled oat pattie: sounds yuk but is quite good!