I kicked off Mushroom Mania month on Sunday with balsamic mushrooms (AU$11.90) for breakfast at the Balmoral Hotel in East Victoria Park. As a mushroom lover, I was excited to see the generous serving of baby field mushrooms sauteed with Spanish onions, spinach and balsamic vinegar tumbled on the plate and topped with crumbled baked ricotta, served with with three slices of toasted Vienna loaf.
I loved the freshness of the dish and all the different tastes and textures assembled on the plate – the wonderfully juicy chunky-cut mushrooms, the crumbly, almost sweet baked ricotta, the moist leafy spinach and the tang of balsamic vinegar combined with savoury sauteed Spanish onions.
The mushrooms were the star of this dish. I really enjoyed it, though personally I wouldn’t have thought to include baked ricotta – I’d have used a lot more onion and spinach instead.
It was fun to eat – I speared mushrooms with my fork, I buttered my toast and topped it with the mushroom mix. The third piece of toast was soaked and soggy with black mushroomy juices by the time I got to it, so I used that last piece of bread to mop up the juices on the plate. So good.
Jac ordered the omelette (AU$14.90), which was filled with bacon, spinach, mushrooms and parmesan cheese, topped with a fresh tomato, Spanish onion and basil salsa. The omelette could’ve been a lot more mushroomy, and Jac found it a little dry. I liked it, probably because it had lots of bacon in it. Jac took quite a liking to my balsamic mushrooms, and after her first taste, couldn’t stop eating them.
Did I say bacon? I couldn’t resist ordering a side of bacon (AU$4.50) to go with my mushrooms. Mushrooms, onions and bacon, a heavenly combination.
The balsamic mushrooms are on the Balmoral Hotel’s breakfast menu, available on Sundays from 8.00am to 11.30am. It’s a fantastic dish to eat during Mushroom Mania month, but I’d happily eat it any month. :)
901 Albany Highway
East Victoria Park WA 6101
Telephone: (08) 9355 4533
Kitchen opening hours
Monday to Wednesday 11.30am to 10pm
Thursday to Saturday 11.30am to 10.30pm
Breakfast on Sundays – 8.30am to 11.30am
About Mushroom Mania, July 1-31
Join the Mushroom Mania fun this month!
- Get the free Mushroom Mania app for your smartphone/iPhone or check out the locality guide online to find your local participating restaurants
- Order mushroom dishes when you dine out
- Post a review of a mushroom dish you’ve eaten for your chance to win $100 – there’s a giveaway every week in July
- Join the Mushroom Lovers Club for mushroom recipes, cooking tips, news and more
- Follow Mushroom Mania on Twitter and Facebook
And don’t forget to tell me all about the magnificent mushroom dishes you eat this month – I don’t just love eating mushrooms, I love talking about them too. What’s your favourite way to eat mushrooms?
TFP dined at the Balmoral Hotel with compliments of the Australian Mushroom Growers Association as part of Mushroom Mania month. All opinions expressed are my own.
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