Brunch with T – tapas style Chinese in Mount Lawley

LAST month I celebrated my birthday.

Apart from eating far too much cake I also enjoyed a few brunches.

My brunch partner, Dan and I ventured out on a cold, wet day to try out the Chinese tapas restaurant Chapas in Mt Lawley.

I love the way they have used the space and arranged the décor at Chapas.

As you walk through the Chinese door you feel as if you have landed in the hutongs of Beijing.

The atmosphere is fabulous.

For drinks I ordered a chai latte ($4.50) and Dan ordered a cappuccino ($4) that came in the most beautiful Chinese cups, we just loved the presentation.

We had to try the dumplings and we ordered some mushroom with truffle oil and Shanghai dumplings which are made with pork and a delicious soupy jus which explodes in your mouth – they were both flavoursome and the perfect temperature to eat straightaway.

Dan also wanted to try the prawn toast and see what their take would be on it ($10) it was deliciously crunchy with prawn pieces and served with sauce.

For mains I ordered the popular matcha toastie ($17) and Dan ordered the beef ragu with baked eggs ($22) and steamed bao instead of toast.

The matcha toastie was similar to French toast and had a slight matcha flavour.

It was paired with a zesty mascarpone which balanced the dish.

The crumble and Nutella added another flavour layer which meant every bite had a different flavour combination; either the rich smooth Nutella or the aftertaste of citrus.

Dan’s beef ragu had a great depth of flavour and the beef was cooked to perfection.

He said it was similar to pulled pork with eggs and was perfect for the rainy winter’s day.

The steamed bao bun soaked up all the delicious sauce that was left over and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

Besides the generous portions and delicious food the staff are very accommodating.

Overall we had a great brunch and would give them four spoons.
Chapas Kitchen & Bar,
634 Beaufort Street,
Mount Lawley
9328 3861
Open: Tues-Sun 8am-2.30pm
Tues-Thurs 5.30-10pm
Fri-Sat 5.30-11pm
Sun 5.30-9pm

T’s spoon ratings
Fivespoons    – excellent food and service  – you must go!
Four spoons   – overall good food and service well worth a visit!
Three spoons – reasonably good food and service but could make some improvements.
Two spoons   – food and service needs improvement.
One spoon     – would not recommend.