The 2016 Taste of Perth foodie event is my second visit after last year’s visit which was lots of fun and presented some really delicious dishes. Rain threatened all day but the weather flickered between grey skies and cold wind to blue skies with hot sunshine. I was fortunate to secure a table under an umbrella so it made it easy to sit down and enjoy the food. There’s lots of seating all around or high benches to stand up and munch on the dishes. The restaurant line up is different this year with a number of new faces but several restaurants from the Perth Crown Casino.
Saturday 30th April – Lunch Session
Crispy soft shell crab with watermelon and amazu ponzu
I love soft shell crab and this was yum. One needs to dip the soft shell crab into the amazu ponzu which is a Japanese sweet and sour sauce. I like the vinegar dippping sauce which livens up the crab. The watermelon with onion and herb salsa is refreshing and is an interesting partner to the dish which works wonders.
The Shorehouse – http://www.shorehouse.com.au/#shorehousewa
Pork belly, bacon marmalade, grilled cos lettuce, parsnip cream (gf)
The pork belly was tasty and tender, complimented by the smooth parsnip puree which is a little rich, and the chimni churri which gives a nice touch of acidity.
Bib & Tucker – http://www.bibandtucker.net.au
Roasted Fremantle octopus, ink cracker, beetroot skordalia, kohlrabi (gf)
The octopus is really tender and carries a subtle wood fired flavour. The slight touch of acidity from the apple matchsticks is a lovely combination with the octopus. I like the beetroot skordalia (like a thick puree) and the crunch of the black squid ink cracker and walnuts.
Roasted and shaved cauliflower, Manjimup hazelnuts, brown butter, goat curd (v, gf)
After all the protein, needed some veggies and this was a surprising dish. Soft, juicy, and yet refreshing cauliflower. I liked the creaminess of the goat curd and the crunch of the walnuts. Probably the dish of the day so far.
Milk and honey, ancient honey cake, burnt honey cremeux, quince, milk crumbs
What a lovely soft moist cake with a lovely honey flavour! So delicious, I like the sauce and cream. Savoured every bite.
Bistro Guillaume – http://bistroguillaumeperth.com.au
Leg of duck confit, with peas, speck and shallot
A fair amount of tender duck flesh and crispy skin await one’s tastebuds. It’s tasty but lacking seasoning, though the duck is enjoyed with a rich creamy sauce. A tasty provincial style dish but wanted a little more flavour.
Rigatoni with braised lamb, tomato, olive and Parmesan
I had a small taste and the rigatoni with soft braised meat that falls apart in a lovely sauce makes for the perfect winter meal.
Pan seared beef medallions, with Silks Szechuan sauce
The beef is cut thinly and is cooked nice and tender. A touch of chilli hangs in the background while the Asian spices and slight soy sauce deliver the flavour along with the marmalade. Tasty.
Mango pannacotta with coconut cream and vanilla streusel
The mango pannacotta is smooth and a bit rich. The top layer had a lovely soothing coconut flavour while the mango layer has a real mango flavour just like you’re eating the real thing. The streusel is the flour, butter, and sugar crumb on top. Yum.
Asado – http://asado.com.au
Tripe and house sausage, frijoles, salsa cayenna, chorizo crumb
Those pig heads on the grill look enticing. Unfortunately, I’ve got no room for pig head tacos and the tripe and house sausage so the latter dish won out. It’s really delicious, rich but the spiciness helps offset the richness of the tripe and the salty corn chips are the perfect partner to the tripe and bean mix.
Electrolux Taste Theatre
I’d had a wonder around and had a glance at the various artisan stalls set up around the event. At some stalls there were samples on offer and the kangaroo jerky sounded very unusual to me because of it’s gaminess but the guy told me it’s well suited because it’s a very lean meat. A quick taste and I was impressed with the flavour. Aside from a wonder and all that eating, there’s other events, such as the Electrolux Taste Theatre. In the Electrolux Taste Theatre, a free to attend cooking demonstration is held at specific times. Bistro Guillaume’s Robert Murphy cooked marron with an avocado sauce served with cos. There’s plenty of seating and they run for about half an hour.
I think I’m all done after eating lots of food and seeing all things food. Taste of Perth is an interesting event in that it gives you the opportunity to try a number of mini dishes from several restaurants across Perth which gives you an idea of the type of food you would expect if you dined at those restaurants. I particularly enjoyed the dishes at Bib & Tucker but the others were solid without being spectacular. There’s also exposure for several artisan producers, wineries, and other retailers to showcase their products. I hope you had an equally enjoyable time and if you missed out, then you’ll have to wait for next year’s event to see what you’re missing out on. Thank you to the organiser of the event, IMG Culinary, for providing the complimentary tickets.