I was pretty scared about doing this one! Mosmans is what I would think of as an upmarket restaurant so taking 3 kids aged 3 and under for dinner there was a little daunting but probably a great way to test things.
So here goes the story.....
Travelling from the North side of Perth to the West through the city at peak hour is not fun! J fell asleep after not having a nap that day but when we arrived she woke up chirpy, M on the other hand I wish I had packed a change of clothes! We have discovered she gets a little car sick but usually on longer trips though not this night, had to be when I didn't bring along my nappy bag, had to be a special dinner out and we probably should've just gone home then but no, a handful of wipes later and we were ready to go again.
The night was just beautiful, perfect for dining over the water. We were shown to our table which was against the windows overlooking the river. The lights from the restaurant make the water glow and the girls had lots of fun watching the ducks, swans and jellyfish drift by. They have highchairs available so ask for one when you book.
The service was fantastic, they bought out bread and water straight away so that kept the kids quiet while we checked out what was on offer. The kids menu has some great options with meals sounding just like the adults ones, for $24.50 they get a main, dessert and soft drink. The Autumn options are currently Tempura Snapper with handcut chips or Pasta Carbonara or a Mini Seafood Platter with Tempura fish, Salt & Pepper squid, Grilled prawns and chips. Dessert choices are Seasonal fruit with marshmellow or Icecream with chocolate sauce.
Seeing as all of ours are 3 and under we decided we would just get the Seafood Platter and share it between us all. Priced at $58 per person it contained Grilled Gold Band snapper, tiger prawns, natural oysters, salt and pepper squid, pan fried scallops, hand cut fat chips, dipping sauces served with fresh lemon and a side salad. Ours also had some beautiful crab on it so not sure if they sometimes add items in when they get something in fresh or maybe a special addition for the Easter long weekend.
The scallops were delicious, plump and juicy, I was tempted not to share. The girls loved the prawns and the chips of course and had the tiniest of tiny tastes of an oyster but they wouldn't put the whole thing in their mouths. M always eats all the tomatoes out of any salad that comes out so she was happy and also enjoyed trying some crab as she had to break the legs apart with me. J just wanted to go back to colouring in her book I bought along and looking at the jellyfish slowly passing by.
Just when I started thinking about dessert C decided she had had enough! When she gets going noone can miss her and in the quiet whisperings of the restaurant we knew it was our time to leave when the man behind me put his hands over his ears! Then J was very upset as she had wanted dessert so we had to use bribery of saying she could have a scoop of icecream when we got home. If we had've lived closer and gotten there a bit earlier it would've been fine but by now it was 8pm and they are usually in bed by 7 so we had been pushing it.
I would love to visit again and next time get my dessert but might have to try a lunchtime when people aren't trying to have romantic dinners in peace and quiet. For the location and prices of meals around Perth at the moment I think Mosmans is very reasonable. I'd love to try the Seafood Angel Hair Pasta with Tiger prawns, snapper, scallops, roasted cherry tomatoes and a creamy parsley and sage sauce ($28) and my husband was eyeing off the 300 gram Amelia Park Porterhouse ($42.80) and I always like to try the risotto, Crab Risotto
Finished with truffle oil, chive crème fraiche and freshly picked baby herbs ($25), to see if its up to scratch. Would gladly end the day with Death by Chocolate, Chocolate macaroon, homemade truffles, chocolate brownie and double chocolate ice cream ($16) followed by a walk around the river to wear a bit of it off!
Don't be afraid to try it, there was a table next to us with children of school age who looked like they were thoroughly enjoying their meal and were much quieter than our 3. The staff were fantastic at getting our orders quickly and when you book ask for a table near the window overlooking the water.
Check out Mosmans 'What's On' page for upcoming special events like Mother's day, sign up to their newsletter for a chance to win some Kailis jewellery every month, peruse their current menu or to make a reservation.
Don't mind J's look here, can tell she didn't want her picture taken and would rather keep drawing and rather dodgy iPhone picture but you can see how it looks over the water and the lovely complimentary bread on her sideplate that she didn't realise was there yet.
Let me know if you try it or have with your kids and how it went.