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Winter Dinner Buffet

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

Why my son loved the Winter Dinner Buffet at Rendezvous Hotel Perth

There are kids who are fussy eaters, and there are kids who just eat and eat and eat. I’m pretty lucky that my son belongs in the latter group, which meant our invitation to try out the new Winter Dinner Buffet at the Rendezvous Hotel at the beach in Scarborough, in the northern suburbs of Perth, was ideal.

The Rendezvous at Scarborough is a bit of a local icon and I’ve often told my son stories of how it has featured in my life - most notably, my mum got remarried there quite a while back - so he was excited to actually be going inside that “big building at the beach”. Our dinner was in the Straits Cafe which has great views – there’s something about looking out across a dark Indian Ocean on a cold (for Perth) winter evening that makes you feel particularly cosy.

We were dining with our friend and her six-year-old, and both boys were pretty thrilled to see several large tables piled up with all kinds of food. They managed to pile dishes like pasta, mashed potato, fish, rice and cold meats on their plates to the exclusion of too many other vegetables, but then my son spotted the sushi and so at least something kind of green went on top.

For us grown ups, there were lots of lovely decor touches and fabulous service, and properly high quality food - not always a given at a buffet. There were masses of seafood too, the kind that really makes you feel you can get your money's worth at the buffet!

It’s probably no surprise, however, that the two boys were more enamoured with the dessert table than anything else. Sensibly, it offered lots of tiny versions of various well-loved desserts - lemon meringue pie, fruit tarts, cheesecake and jars of trifle - along with a range of ice cream flavours and platters of fruit. The favourite by far, though, for these two boys: the delightfully-full jars of marshmallows, Smarties and lollies.

We ate early - the buffet service begins at 6pm on Friday and Saturday nights over winter - and were glad we did, when it was a little quieter and the kids could easily go back and help themselves (to more dessert, mostly) without getting in the way of other diners. By the time

we left the tables were full and we could see it's a popular outing for both the tourists staying in the hotel and the locals.

Amanda Kendle is a born and bred Perth girl who loves to hang around with her rubbish-truck-loving five-year-old son. Amanda has lived and worked abroad in Asia and Europe and has been blogging about her travels at home and abroad for almost a decade at Not A Ballerina

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