Every now and then you need to treat yourself and your loved ones, you need to take time to sit back, relax and enjoy what you really love. Well last Sunday was perhaps the best opportunity of all to treat a loved one, Mother’s Day. I said to my wife and the mother of my kids, if you could go anywhere for lunch, where would you go? Perth, Kalbarri, Nabawa, farther afield? Nope, the answer was so much closer to home, she had her heart set on a return visit to her all-time favourite restaurant, Laian — right here in the heart of Geraldton. Ever since we had what we can only describe as the best brekkies ever earlier this year she has wanted to sample the lunch and dinner menu, so what better time than the day dedicated to her. We set off after making our reservation with the whole family — five very hungry people with high hopes of a fantastic feed. And to not leave you in suspense it surpassed our expectations. Again parking and seating are great, plenty of spots to choose from and the staff at Laian cannot do enough to make you comfortable. We all decided on something different and agreed to sample each others’ plates. We opted for the kebab wrap, smashed avo, scrambled eggs on sourdough bacon and egg wrap and the hearty steak sandwich. We also treated ourselves to their house special pancake to share as a family. The bill topped the $100 mark, but considering the portion sizes and quality, it was reasonable. It’s hard to know where to start, each dish had something wonderful about it. I think the standout over all the dishes was the bread, a crunchy, soft and filling sourdough that complemented everything it went with. The smashed avo had a great spicey kick, (as I expected from Nadeem and his team at Laian) and was served with whole chargrilled mushrooms and a beetroot dip that was to die for, smooth, creamy and subtle in flavour. The steak sandwich was my overall highlight, the steak reminded me of an English shish kebab, but in this case a shish kebab turned up to 11. Tender, rich and with a subtle smoky taste, not only that but there was enough in the sandwich to feed a small army. The pancake was something quite special, light and fluffy and flavoured with every Middle Eastern flavour you could name, pomegranate, pistachios and cream, just to name a few. It capped off what was a fantastic experience for all of us. I can not recommend Laian more, not just for the food but to take part in the owners’, (Nadeems) story, to witness his culinary dream. This place is my idea of food heaven on earth!