Bravo’s, East Victoria Park

Rifo’s in East Vic Park is no more – it’s been replaced by Bravo’s. We checked it out recently for an early dinner on Friday night. The dining room’s stylish but not swanky. The plastic chairs are surprisingly comfy. The restaurant was near empty when we arrived around 6pm, but a steady stream of diners soon followed.

Bravo's dining room Bravo’s dining room.

Jac’s Virgin Mary (AU$6) was seasoned well and hit the spot nicely after a long day.

Virgin Mary Virgin Mary (AU$6)

We shared an entree of mushrooms and polenta (AU$14.50) – roasted field mushrooms, crumbled goat’s cheese and rocket served on polenta cakes. The golden polenta cakes were wonderful, but I’m sorry, chefs of Perth – the combo of mushrooms, curdy cheese and rocket is swinging fast from classic to cliché.

mushroom & polenta corn cake, roast field mushroom, goat’s cheese, rocket (AU$14.50) Mushroom & polenta corn cake, roast field mushroom, goat’s cheese, rocket (AU$14.50)

For main course, Jac ordered the winter salad (AU$25.50) with prawns, peanuts, rocket, feta, mint, lime and coconut dressing. The salad itself was simple, consisting mostly of mixed leaves, the tails-on plump prawns arranged all around. I must emphasise there was nothing wrong with the dish – but even with freshly cooked bursty prawns, a plate of cold salad is not what I’d choose for dinner on a wintry night, and I think Jac regretted her choice as soon as she had a taste of my pasta. Dish envy and order regret crept up but I had plenty of pasta to share.

DSC_9556 Winter salad (AU$25.50) – prawns, peanuts, rocket, feta, mint, lime and coconut dressing

I love spaghetti and meatballs. Bravo’s version was excellent: a generous serving, al dente spaghettini, tasty meatballs, and a sauce I’d lick off the plate if no one was watching. I suspect it wasn’t just my spaghettini and meatballs that made Jac regret her choice – it was all the other delectable looking pizza and pasta dishes being delivered to adjacent tables. Usually it’s me suffering order regret – typically, when I first scan a menu, a dish will jump out at me. As I look through the rest of the menu, I make the mistake of not sticking to what initially appealed; I end up agonising between two or three choices and almost always pick the ‘wrong’ one. For me, I think the trick is to order quickly and not over-think the decision. Do you often suffer dish envy or order regret?

Spaghettini polpette - beef and pork meatballs, pecorino, tomato sugo and pesto (AU$24.50) Spaghettini polpette – beef and pork meatballs, pecorino, tomato sugo and pesto (AU$24.50). More parmesan was offered upon serving (I declined).

Not feeling satisfied from her salad, Jac was keen to fill the void with dessert. Whenever there’s panna cotta on the menu, you can guarantee that’s what she’ll choose. This was vanilla bean and yoghurt pannacotta with a glassy shard of pistachio praline, half a poached pear and rosewater syrup (AU$14.50). The panna cotta was silky and wonderfully wobbly, sweetly fragrant with vanilla yet sour from the yoghurt – I think I prefer the more traditional cream (“panna” is Italian for “cream”, after all). I like my poached fruit to be tender and easy to cut with just a fork; the pear needed a little longer in the poaching pot.

Vanilla bean and yoghurt pannacotta, pistachio praline, poached pear and rosewater syrup (AU$14.50) Vanilla bean and yoghurt pannacotta, pistachio praline, poached pear and rosewater syrup (AU$14.50)

I almost skipped dessert but said a greedy yeah (probably more like YEAH!) to the brioche bread & butter pudding with butterscotch sauce, honeycomb, banana and rum (AU$14.50). At first glance it looked like a pillowy wedge of sugar-dusted jam sponge, but tasted oh, a thousand times more wicked – moist brioche with surprise pockets of melted chocolate, a chunk of crunchy honeycomb better than Violet Crumble (especially when dipped in the oozy sticky butterscotch sauce), and to my delight, soft banana buried in between the layers of brioche.

Brioche bread & butter pudding, butterscotch sauce, honeycomb, banana and rum (AU$14.50) Brioche bread & butter pudding, butterscotch sauce, honeycomb, banana and rum (AU$14.50)

I was defeated by this sweet monster but we asked for a doggy bag, which was cheerfully provided for no extra charge. And at least two greedy doggies enjoyed the leftover pudding the next day, one grudgingly sharing her spoon, almost daring to growl in protest but holding back the fighting words: “HEY, that was MY dessert!” (Perhaps that’s the secret to 16 years of togetherness.)

There's banana in the pudding! There’s banana in the pudding!

CoffeeSoy latte (AU$4.50) and soy flat white (AU$4.50)

Our first experience of Bravo’s was good. Service was friendly and we enjoyed our meal. A buttery bravo and top marks for the bread and butter pudding! We’ll be back for sure. Next on my hit list: The Donut (see Bravo’s photo on Facebook).

Bravo's frontage Bravo’s frontage

View Larger Map

933 Albany Hwy
East Victoria Park WA 6101
Telephone: (08) 9361 6055

Closed Mondays
Tuesday to Thursday 7am to 10pm
Friday 7am to 11pm
Saturday 8am to 11pm
Sunday 8am to 10pm

Bravo's on Urbanspoon

Note: Rifo’s is gone from East Vic Park but Rifo’s on Guildford Road (corner of Eighth Avenue) in Maylands is still open.

Facebook comments


, , ,  Like

Share this post

  • Emma

    Oh my that bread and butter pudding looks amazing!
    I suffer from extreme food envy,I look at urbanspoon before going to places,to make sure I don’t miss out on the good dishes!

    • Emma,
      That B&B pudding was so awesome Jac couldn’t stop talking about it… and she ate most of the leftovers the following day. :)

  • Yes! I have to do the same – go with my first decision and put no more thought into it. Unless someone else is ordering something I was thinking of – then I usually get the same, lest I end up wanting to steal their dinner.

    • Chelsea, it’s taken many years of order regret for me to realise though! All that angst and all those meals I might’ve enjoyed more! Oh well…

  • Awww this place sounds so delightful. And I applaud you for turning down the extra cheese, a will power I do not possess ;p

  • Hilda

    We visited this delightful find for the second time, Saturday night they were busy but found a table for us after a short wait. Our waiter was attentive and cheeky and helpful. The food has not let us down!! I also had the spaghettini polpetti and the panacotta was delicious. My friend had the fettucine? zuca and she loved it and then had the donuts which she loved. It is on my list as a favourite!!!

  • Sandra

    hahah this is by far my favourite post because while reading it, I said to my husband ‘Hey hey hey!! TFP went to Bravos and blogged about it!’ and he said ‘oh yeah, I met her and we chatted, did I not tell you about it?’. *smack* Can’t believe he didn’t tell me until just now. He is also the ‘attentive and cheeky and helpful’ waiter in Hilda’s comment. Good god, I’m not going to hear the end of this now. Attentive!! :) So glad you enjoyed it. I worked for the owners for years while they had other restaurants (that’s how my husband and i met) and they have always taken a lot of pride and care with the food and service. Always consistent amazing food. Go there for breakfast one day – brioche, banana and crispy bacon topped with maple syrup. classic but a goodie!