Cuisine: Modern Australian
Location: Perth CBD, Exchange Plaza
A 50% off the food bill offer from Dimmi hit my inbox for The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen and as I enjoyed a lovely experience on my prior visit, I thought I may as well take it up. I arrived for lunch and we were taken to our table. Initially the restaurant seemed empty but there were plenty more people seated on the other side. It’s a lovely restaurant with high ceilings allowing plenty of natural sunlight to flow in. There’s also dining upstairs as well as a kind of alfresco area too.
The menu changes with the seasons so some of the dishes we enjoyed on our first visit were not present, but there’s lots of choice with oysters to start with, small share plates, entrees, mains, and of course, dessert. If you’re a bit short of time and can’t wait for the whole fine dining experience, they also have a café menu with dishes around $15 and desserts for around $10. They also offer breakfast.
Entree: Pulled Pork Parcels with Apple Puree $11
Unfortunately, I wasn’t extremely hungry and after recalling my last visit where 3 courses were quite a struggle, I decided to go for a main and dessert. I was eyeing a few of the small share plates, but had to pass. Fortunately, I was able to have a taste of the pulled pork parcel with apple puree which I had considered. The pulled pork is soft and tender, moist, a consistency akin to tinned tuna, but it lacked seasoning. This was a shame as it was surrounded by a darkened golden brown crisp crumbed coating. Lots of crunch with a smooth apple puree and salad. Tasty.
Entree: Garlic Prawns $18
I didn’t try any of the garlic prawns though, but they looked good.
Main: Chicken Roulade, Macadamia, Cranberry, Carrots $34
Mains is always a tough choice when there are several dishes that appeal to your taste at the time of ordering. I had a small taste of the chicken roulade which presented tender chicken, almost like it was roasted in consistency, with a delicious pistachio filling and rich sweet smooth carrot puree.
Main: Beef Cheek, Ricotta Gnocchi, Picada $34
For mains I couldn’t go past the beef cheek, ricotta gnocchi and picada. The beef cheek broke apart when touched with the tip of a knife, such was the tenderness. It too lacked seasoning, but the dish of salt on our table allowed the flavour to be enhanced. So delicious. The ricotta gnocchi was soft and tender, slightly coloured from time in the pan, and a touch salty. Maybe one should eat the beef and gnocchi in the one bite. I love gnocchi and this was excellent. The greens were crunchy, a little more cooking to my liking would be preferred.
Side: Fondant Potatoes, Confit Garlic $10
The duck fat potatoes were not on the menu this time round so we chose the fondant potatoes with confit garlic instead. Nicely roasted potatoes holding their shape but breaking apart oozing steam. Mopping it up in the garlic flavoured oils added additional flavour and taste to the potatoes. They were enjoyable but I expected more.
Dessert: Mango Panna Cotta, Passionfruit Mousse, Raspberry Curd $16
For dessert, there was only one banana parfait left so I jumped on that one immediately. I was considering the mango panna cotta with passionfruit mousse, but I was fortunate that I got a taste of this when others ordered it. The mango panna cotta was smooth as silk, it just slithered down your throat with consummate ease. So full of pure mango flavour, one could be mistaken for eating a juicy ripe mango instead. I really enjoyed this morsel which was fantastic. The serving size seems a bit on the small side. Worse when it’s so delicious! The passionfruit mousse had a slightly jarring effect with the tart and sweet flavour of the passionfruit in the creamy mousse disrupting the calming, soothing, tropical flavours of the mango panna cotta. No fault on the chef’s part, the mousse is delicious, but the passionfruit flavours refuse to be subtle.
Dessert: Banana Parfait, Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Mousse $16
For my dessert, the banana parfait was light and lovely, carrying a smooth banana flavour. This was particularly enjoyable. Disrupting the smoothness is the crumble of peanut brittle which provides crunch, but is chewy and resembles something like nougat. I didn’t care for this element and it didn’t flow nicely with the dessert to my mind. The chocolate mousse was brooding and dark with flavour, soft and smooth, an excellent mousse that you slowly savour on your palette. It also contrasts to the banana parfait but still deserves it’s place in this dish because it’s hard to go past chocolate, it’s a lovely finish to a dessert and the meal.
Butterworth Bar & Kitchen Food Review Summary
Verdict: On my first visit I was pleasantly surprised with the unassuming dishes waiting to surprise, packing flavour, elements carefully paired, flavours balanced. Today’s experience didn’t quite live up to the high standards set. The small taste of the pulled pork parcels were perfectly executed with soft tender pork surrounded by a dark golden brown crunchy crumb, but the dish was let down by the lack of seasoning. The small taste of the chicken roulade was excellent, well cooked chicken paired with a delicious pistachio filling. My mains of beef cheek was also under-seasoned and lacked punch, despite being super tender with the meat breaking away with the touch of the tip of a knife. The gnocchi was excellent and couldn’t be faulted. The fondant potatoes wee good but didn’t wow. The small sample of mango panna cotta was superb, silky smooth and full of flavour. The passionfruit mousse was also excellent too. This dessert was easily the best dish of the lunch, but my dessert wasn’t to be disgraced. The banana parfait contained a lovely soft banana flavour which went down well, but I didn’t care for the crumb of chewy peanut brittle. The dark flavours of the chocolate mousse were an excellent finish to the meal, but it probably didn’t pair as well with banana parfait as another element. Then again, who can say no to chocolate!
Price: Moderately Expensive (obviously far cheaper when there is 50% off)
See my prior blog post:
Food Review of The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen – Feb 2014
Butterworth Bar & Kitchen Restaurant Details
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