Cuisine: Italian, French, Modern Australian
Location: Perth CBD – Wesley Quarter
I’ve been a dining out a bit and have accumulated a few $50 meal vouchers from Dimmi so I better start using them. I really enjoyed my last visit to The Painted Bird so I decided to head there and try out some new dishes. Most importantly, I want to try a specific dish on their dessert menu as I missed out on dessert last time round. We were greeted as soon as we entered and offered a table inside or out but chose a comfy booth inside. We were presented with the menu and also a number of specials for the day. I decided I would have a main and then a dessert so there would be ample room but also decided to share an entrée, the Panko crumbed oysters that I had considered last time.
6 Panko Fried Oysters with Wakame, Pickled Cucumber & Miso Mayo $21
The oysters were superb! A delicious crunch from the golden brown coated Panko crumbs surrounding the soft oysters. The mayo on the bottom of the spoon and small dollop on top was the element that rounded the dish off. It perfectly complimented the dish providing a lovely creaminess. Fantastic! Below are the oysters naturale which come with a delicious refreshing chilli & lime sorbet.
Fish of The Day (Daily Special)
Deep Sea Groper, Roasted Asparagus, Beetroot & Potatoes, Tomato & Vanilla Fondue $35
I was disappointed that the dish I had wanted to order has been changed so I had the fish of the day instead. The groper was perfectly cooked with a bit of a crust and just the right amount of seasoning. The asparagus was tender but the beetroot was a bit too firm for my liking. The golden crispy potato slices were superb! Lovely crisp crumbed outer encasing soft potato. With a bit of the melted butter and oil it tasted amazing. Why wasn’t there more of these delicious slices on the plate?
Pan Fried Gnocchi, Pork, Apple & Cider Ragu, Grated Manchego $29
The menu has changed since we last visited and while I had the gnocchi last time, this version is different. The gnocchi are much smaller, light and fluffy, while the beef has been swapped with tender strands of juicy pork. I had a little taste of this and it’s delicious.
Nougat Gelato, Brioche Doughnuts, Rhubarb Compote $15
This was ordered last time and again this time around, so I had another taste of the the vanilla like gelato which paired beautifully with the stewed rhubarb which was perfectly balanced in sweetness. The crunchy sugar coated brioche doughnuts were delicious.
Pear & Almond Tart, Frangelico Ice Cream, Vanilla Anglaise $15
I had a small taste of the lovely pastry, stewed pear and delicious vanilla anglais. Seemed pretty tasty from the sample I had.
Maple Crème Brulee, Peanut Friand, Bacon Ice Cream $15
I had eyed this dessert immediately when I saw it on the menu last time around but was bitterly disappointed when I was way too full for dessert. So I played it safe and left enough room for this intriguing dessert. The crème brûlée was superb, soft creamy rich and the vanilla custard is so delicious. A tap if the spoon cracks the bruleed surface. The ice cream had a slight maple flavour and so too the flavour of bacon. Who doesn’t like bacon? The very subtle aftertaste is wonderful. The sponge looks like one they did on MasterChef using a gas canister to pipe the mixture into a paper cup and cook it in the microwave. It was soft and very aerated. The peanut friand is like a gingerbread biscuit, a lovely crunch and nutty peanut flavour to finish off the dessert. Lively finish to the meal but please put more of the bacon ice cream, there just isn’t enough!
Painted Bird Food Review Summary
Verdict: My last visit to The Painted Bird was impressive with the quality of food, the ambiance, and service on offer second to none. I decided to use my Dimmi $50 voucher here and ordered a range of dishes. I shared the Panko crumbed oysters which were superb. A golden brown crunchy coating encasing the cooked oyster meat was complimented by a fantastic mayo which made the dish. For mains, I ordered the fish of the day – deep sea groper. It was nice and tender, a slight crust, perfectly seasoned, and enjoyed with roast vegetables. While the beetroot was a little too firm, the golden crusted slices of roasted potato were a highlight, except there wasn’t enough of them on the plate! For dessert, I had eyed the maple crème brûlée with bacon ice cream from my last visit and finally got to eat it. The maple crème brûlée was delicious, soft, creamy vanilla & maple flavour custard. The bacon ice cream was interesting, a hint of maple and a subtle aftertaste of bacon creating an interesting sensation. Once again, not enough ice cream on the plate! The sponge helped to sop up the quickly melting ice cream ensuring no flavour was not lost. Another fantastic meal.
Price: Moderately Expensive
See my prior blog post:
Food Review of The Painted Bird – July 2014
The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen Restaurant Details
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