The prawn arrabiata had a spicy kick (left) and former West Coast player Todd Breman tucks into a massive hellfire parmigiana. Photo: Karl Langdon The outdoor section at The High Wycombe Tavern.
When former Eagles sharp shooter and respected football caller Karl Langdon says something has a “beautiful kick” you tend to tune in to what he is saying.
But this time Langdon isn’t talking about an AFL player, but the dish he had at the High Wycombe Tavern, as part of Radio 6PR’s “Pub of the Week”.
Langdon said even though the menu offered up a vast and varied selection of modern Australian contemporary fare, he couldn’t look past the prawn arrabiata pasta ($21.50).
The dish is infused with coriander, garlic chilli and onion.
“It had a beautiful kick to it,” he told WAtoday. “Not too overpowering for those that don’t like spicy food, but I do love my spicy food, so for me the spicier the better.
“It had nice big prawns, lovely texture…a pretty good dish.”
Langdon said former West Coast and Subiaco teammate Todd Breman tucked into the hellfire parmigiana ($25).
“My premiership teammate is a good eater – he’s a fireman and he’s on holidays at the moment,” Landgon laughed.
“The chicken was nice and moist and thick and then the topping was something that he hadn’t had before.
“It was a different style of parmigiana then he had every experienced.
“The sauce on the top had jalapenos and it had some diced up chicken….it was really interesting.”
Langdon said while the wine list was limited, the tavern boasts 19 different varieties of local, imported and craft beers on tap.
And the ex-Eagles star knows a thing or two about beers, having run the Blue Note Tavern and the Wembley Hotel.
“The Squires Golden Ale pint was $9.50 a pint and I’ve had it up to $11.50, so that was good value,” he said.
“The good part was the lines were clear, because the Golden Ale had a crisp flavour which a beer should have. If you have dirty lines in a pub then beer won’t taste anywhere near as nice.”
Langdon said in the end, the tavern experience was “outstanding”.
“This place had full table service so they are bringing food and drink to your table and you can set up a tab,” he said.
“You can then sit and enjoy your company and chat without having to go backwards and forwards to a bar or a server to order your food or drink.
“The wine list was the only thing I could mark them down on compared to some of the other pubs I’ve visited over the time. But really there is nothing wrong with the place.”
The Langdon verdict: 9.5/10. The High Wycombe Tavern 530 Kalamunda Road, High Wycombe.Phone: 9454 2236
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