There are times when you just want to get away from it all, but most of us can’t stomach the trials and tribulations involved with a true hermitage. Remember the six months at the silent retreat? Relaxing, but hell, and essentially a hunger-strike. If you’re in the Perth suburb of Claremont, there’s a neighbourhood favourite for a particular kind of holiday from a growling stomach – the French cuisine kind. That place is Restaurant l'Hermitage, a 35-seater restaurant on the Stirling Highway attached to Allegro Pizza and serving up a range of classic, home-style French dishes that are unbeatable on taste and value. A popular spot in the southwestern reaches of the city en route to Fremantle, be sure to book a table in advance.
The food here is great in a home style manner - my steak was beautifully cooked. The service is a little odd however, for instance we ordered quite an expensive bottle of wine and it got plonked on the table without being opened, poured or a taste offered. And we had to take the side plates from the table next door to eat the pate and garlic bread. Although the staff were very pleasant and friendly there were patches where they needed to be called over. On the whole though it was an enjoyable meal and great for a family outing.
Pricey for size of portions and garlic very much overdone in the bouillabaise. Good varied menu however. Hesitant service and wrong soup appeared despite the waitperson repeating everything back to us. One really strange factor was the lack of condiments on the table, and on any table, and no pepper mill just the old fashioned salt and pepper pots when asked.