Last month, I gave Latasha's another go after a very lengthy break and must say I was very, very impressed (again!). The shopfront, whilst cluttered, has a lot of personality with an interesting variety of organic teas, bottled drinks (including young coconut juice) and books on vegan and whole food cooking. The owner was extremely helpful, and very clued on the vegan diet, offering help in identifying vegan dishes from the bain marie and the a la carte menu (most of them as it turns out as they don't use ghee). But the star was the food; home made with love and with the freshest ingredients - The dishes contained many curry leaves and cinnamon quills adding to their deep, complex flavours.
I have returned there about 3 times since, and have not experienced any diminishing returns in quality, if anything my opinion has only improved. What I love most about Latasha's is their willingness to introduce new and unusual dishes (from a western perspective). Examples that I love include a very spicy black eyed bean coconut curry, a sweet potato dry curry and to my delight, a mixed vegetable korma that used coconut cream instead of the usual cream. They also do a vegan desert, bean in a sweet coconut base that is certainly different but delicious to those with an open mind. This is a welcome relief from most Indian restaurants in Perth in which the vegan options are usually restricted to Dahl and a potato or mushroom curry (that's if they don't use ghee). In fact Latasha's has now set the bar so high that it will now be very difficult to eat Indian anywhere else in Perth.
Latasha's receives a fair amount of criticism for its price, particularly in regards to amounts charged for the extras such as chutneys and rice. Yes this is true, however keep in mind that they use the freshest quality ingredients and made from scratch so their food costs are going to be higher to start with. You can get around this problem by ordering a vegan Thali, which for $22 (at time of writing) includes 5 dishes, rice, salad, chutney, bread, and dessert. Fills you up for no extra costs, plus perhaps the only place in Perth in which a vegan thali is possible.
My main criticism towards Latashas is that although it is vegetarian friendly, meat features heavily on the menu. This fact makes itself evident on the Baine Marie, where the meat and vegetarin dishes sit side by side. The sitting areas is also a little on the chaotic side. Otherwise, this excellent eatery comes highly recommePros: Exotic dishes, Fresh spices, Helpful staff
Cons: Serves meat, Seating