Last Sunday, my sister and I took our mother to lunch at Genesis in the Hills, a vegetarian restaurant located 50 minutes east of Perth. It is just down the road from the botanical gardens where Mr Bite and I were married, and I actually looked into the restaurant as a possible wedding food venue. As we decided to have catering within the gardens instead, Sunday was the first time I ate at the restaurant. I wish I hadn't waited so long!
|Genesis in the Hills - tucked into trees with indoor and outdoor seating|
|Quinoa open burger|
We took a little while to decide on our orders, thanks to the appealing menu. My sister chose the quinoa open burger, which was one of the meals on my short list. It consisted of "spiced fala patties on sourdough bread with Genesis aioli sauce, kale salad and fresh salsa" ($18; vegan and gluten free possible). She rated it highly, and I liked that the kale salad was piled on the burger rather than relegated to the side.
My Mum had the delightfully titled fiesta plate, including "Mexican style black beans with fresh salsa, pea guacamole, roasted vegetables and cauliflower rice with lime and herbs" ($26; vegan and gluten free). The cauliflower rice was more rice-like than any equivalent I'd seen before, and was served slightly warm with just the right amount of lime (yes, I tried a bit!).
|Tofu rice bowl|
Despite being satisfied by our main meals, we were keen to fit in dessert and ordered a cake to share. There were two vegan cakes on offer on Sunday, and happily for me, my Mum and sister were drawn to one of them. We split a very generous slice of the Mexican chocolate cake ($7, vegan), which blended chocolate, orange and spices to excellent effect. The spices came through as an afterglow, giving a lingering (but mild) burst of heat after the chocolate-orange flavours faded away. It was an incredible chocolate cake.
|Mexican chocolate cake|
We also ordered chai lattes, which were made the way I like them best. I think I horrified a few of you when I mentioned, in my ginger spiced latte post, that I rarely order chai lattes when out. It isn't that I don't like them, but rather than I don't like them made with sickly syrups, or commercial powders that are as much sugar as tea. Genesis uses Fiori chai tea and served the chai with warm milk in a tea pot. We had three chai lattes made with three different milks (almond for me, soy for my Mum, dairy for my sister!) and they were the perfect finishing touches to our meal.
In all, it was a really lovely outing. My visit benefited from the company of my Mum and sister, but the food would make any visit enjoyable. The venue, shown in the top picture, is also lovely, with the restaurant overlooking trees and an on-site vegetable garden.
If you find yourself in Perth, and feel like driving into the hills region, Genesis in the Hills has a lot to recommend it.
Genesis in the Hills is located at 124 Croyden Road in Roleystone, Western Australia. They can be contacted on (08) 9397 7799 or at email@example.com, and are open from 10.30am to 5pm on Thursdays, and from 8.30am to 5pm Friday through Sunday.
How do your local cafes make a chai latte? I'd like to make fresh leaves and a tea pot compulsory!