A Singing Chef Restaurant
42 Cobblestone Street, Bunbury
Telephone: 08 9791 9700
I often go to the South West. I love the drive, and to end up in Margaret River is always a treat. This weekend I didn’t get so far south, but I did get to a restaurant I’d been meaning to visit for a long, long time. You see, I used to live in Bunbury for a short time and a while back, and the thought of it being blessed with a good Mexican restaurant was simply titilating. So when I heard of “The Singing Chef” I put it on my Bucket List.
The day was quite overcast, which was a shame really, because the view across the estuary is breathtaking. On a clear day, it would be my favourite place to relax with a book and a pair of sunglasses, if really all I wanted to do was to drink coffee and look out at the water.Overcast…but what a view.
When I look around I notice the potential. The location, location, location is perfect…and the staff either get paid really well, or the view is making them feel like a million bucks because all three of them look like they took their happy pills today, and it’s rubbing off on me and my lunch date. With smiles all round, we take a look at the menu.
Mexican Grill: Quesadillas ($16), Tacos ($17), Chicken with blcakbean and chorizo ($20), Roasted chicken enchilada ($20) and Beef Burrito ($18)
Salads: Ceasar ($19) with chicken ($24), Thai Grilled Beef ($20), Senora Taco ($20) and ‘The Best Seller’ which is a ggrilled chicken, fried bacon and guacamole on fresh mesculin salad, toasted almonds, balsamic dressing ($20).
Lunch 11am-3pm: Home made burger ($17.50) Chicken & Pesto sandwich ($17.50) Steak sandwich ($20) Chicken Korma ($22) Beer battered fish & chips ($19.50) and Grilled piri piri prawns ($22).
Kid’s Menu: A chocie fo 6 meals, including a soft drink and icecream ($10)
Drinks: You’ll find a fairly good range of beer here ($4-10), wine ($7) soft drink and coffee ($3-$4) is available and if it’s a Mexican beer you’re after, you can choose from Pacifico, Tecate, Dos Esquis or Don Esquis Dark ($9)
I go for the Mexican Chicken Enchilada and my date loves a good Fish & Chips.
I was slightly confused when this dish came out. I was expecting a thicker batter, something dry and crispy and certainly battered. If you like the same battered fish as I do, you might want to try the burger. The girl behind me ordered it and it looked pretty good.
I must say, I didn’t finish my enchilada. I peeled back the soft tortilla and I was brought back to the Old El Paso flavours of home style Mexican in a box. The innards were cold which tells me the dish had been pre-prepared, refrigerated and microwaved prior to serving, but the waiter graciously fixed that for me and returned it relatively hot. However…the cheese was closer to ‘Coon’ in flavour and perhaps less like Monterey Jack and whilst I took a photo of the inside of the Enchilada, I felt it best not to post it here. For me, I’m not sure I can appreciate an otherwise gloriously caramelised red onion, stirred into in a slightly spicey…but more jar flavoured sweet tomato sauce, then mixed with pan fried cubes of chicken breast. I’m not sure if my drooping fork recognised any aspect of Mexico in my Enchilada at all.
Nothing that a good coffee can’t fix! And that was the highlight of the lunch. I’m not surprised, it’s Yahava coffee…one of my favourites.
I opted out of dessert which is a big surprise. There was Vanilla cheesecake, German Apple Cake, Sticky Date and Gluten Free Orange Cake on offer but I tend to only indulge in anything highly caloric, providing it’s worth the calories. I really enjoyed my Yahava coffee and the view and next time I’ll bring my sunglasses and a fantastic book.
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HOURS: Take note, they’ll be tricky to remember!
Coffee & Cake: Tuesday to Friday 9-11am
Breakfast: 8-11am Saturday and Sundays
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm til late
Closed Sunday night and Mondays.
DECOR & ATMOSPHERE: Clean, spacious, open and comfortable. Unbelievable views worth the visit alone.
LINEN? No. Not that kind of place. Just clean, well maintained tables.
TABLE SERVICE: Yes, and the service was excellent. Friendly, efficient and courteous.
FOOD: International cuisine