After a week of being sick and really needing to get out of the house but feeling the need for some real comfort food in a relaxed setting, I had just the place in mind. Threecoins in Mt Lawley had been on my list since I had heard about the restaurant and in particular, their pasta, made fresh daily, in house.
Located further down Beaufort St, away from the main hustle and bustle of the Mt Lawley nightlife, Threecoins feels more like a charming suburban restaurant that all the locals know about. We went on Tuesday night and this place was packed and for good reason. From the moment you walk in the door it feels as though you have arrived in Italy, the red and white checkered tablecloths, the warm and welcoming vibe, the Italian staff speaking Italian to each other (I could have listened all night) and the amazing smells coming from the kitchen. This is a family run and owned restaurant and it shines through in every way.
To start with we ordered the arancini with napoli, buffalo mozzarella and basil mayo and we couldn’t go past ordering a bottle of Chianti from Tuscany to go with our meal. The arancini came out looking beautiful and golden, sitting on the basil mayo with a nice sprinkling of parmesan on top and I couldn’t wait to eat them. They were so moorish, soft and gooey from the mozzarella on the inside and nice and crunchy on the outside, just what you want from arancini. Yum!
Main was hard to choose with all the mouthwatering sounding dishes on the menu as well as a fabulous specials board, but with comfort food the order of the day we both went for the gnocchi with slow cooked lamb ragu with parmesan, how could we resist!
When our warm bowls of gnocchi hit the table I had to remind myself to take a photo. It was delicious, soft little pillows of gnocchi with a rich lamb sauce. I did find some of the bigger chunks of lamb a bit dry but most of it was juicy and tender and there was a generous amount of parmesan to top it off. This was a pretty filling meal and although I tried, I really couldn’t finish mine but I guess that’s what comfort food is all about and it definitely hit the spot.
So, I know I said I was full from the gnocchi, but I felt we still needed to try the dessert, there’s always room for dessert right?!
Instead of the crema catalana on the menu, tonight they had crème brûlée, and I was sold. I’m definitely a fan of any custard type desserts and crème brûlée is one of my faves. I pretty much ate it everywhere I went through Europe and for a while I tried to perfect it myself. I had one win but it certainly wasn’t as easy to master as I had originally thought. I have sadly been disappointed with crème brûlée’s quite often in Perth but I still can’t resist ordering them in the hope of finding the perfect one.
Out it came and it was on fire! Something I hadn’t seen before on a crème brûlée but it adds a bit of theatre. A very generous serve (which was good because we were sharing) with some strawberries and blueberries on top. Apart from the fact that it was on fire this looked nice and traditional, which is my preference.
The only issue about the flame is that I’m guessing they would have had to put some alcohol on top of the sugar for this to work and because of that and the heat, the sugar didn’t have a chance to harden and create a glistening top that we love to crack. We waited a little while hoping it would harden but we couldn’t wait any longer. The custard was silky smooth, had a lovely creamy flavour and wasn’t overly sweet which was good. It probably could have been a little more set but I know it’s difficult to get perfect. All in all, it was tasty and a nice way to end our meal.
The food was great and just what I needed but it was really the atmosphere and service that really sold this place for me. I love that it’s family run and you really get a sense of their passion for food. I loved listening to the Italian language around me and all the staff were fantastic. I really appreciate it when waitstaff can tell you’re deep in conversation and they leave you alone until the time is right to see how you’re going. It’s the little things in a dining experience that can make all the difference.
Put it on you list for a more relaxed date night (there’s a great terrace too, perfect for summer) and for when you have a craving for fresh made pasta, comfort food and being swept into an Italian home.