Juniper & Bay – 28 Jul 2016


Juniper and Bay - Interior
 
Cuisine: European, Modern Australian
Location: Como – Preston St on the premises of the Windsor Lodge Hotel

I’d not heard of Juniper & Bay and only saw them on the list of restaurants where one can use the Dimmi rewards. After a quick look at the restaurant, I was keen to make a booking and see what’s on offer. After 10 years in East Fremantle’s popular George Street Bistro, they relocated to Como 2 years ago and now call Preston Street home. Driving up the road one can see the beautiful Swan River in the background with the night lights as the backdrop. Stepping in, one is greeted by the smart interior perfect for enjoying an intimate dinner in the classy setting. Yet, despite the quality of the food, everything about the restaurant is without pretension and is very relaxed. The menu offers diners a degustation or one can choose from the al a carte menu. During the week, there is also a fixed price offer for two or three courses which makes it excellent value. While the degustation looked tempting, going the fixed price option meant we could all choose what we wanted and also share a bit from each other’s dishes, giving lots of variety.

 

Smoked Pumpkin and Honey Soup

Juniper and Bay - Smoked Pumpkin and Honey Soup

An amuse bouche was presented, a smoked pumpkin and honey soup. Really delicious flavour, excellent winter warmer, the smoked flavour is evident and the herbs add additional flavour, particularly the peppercorn adding a lovely peppery bite.

 

House Bread and Butter

Juniper and Bay - House Bread and Butter

I was feeling really hungry and I do appreciate bread and butter which gets the taste buds going.

 

Salmon Gravlax, Fennel & Orange Salad, Honey Mustard Sauce, Rosti

Juniper and Bay - Salmon Gravlax, Fennel & Orange Salad, Honey Mustard Sauce, Rosti

Cured very well, quite rich and buttery, the acidity of the salad and mustard is the perfect partner to balance the richness.

 

Grilled Prawns with Tomato Variation: Sorbet, Jelly and Foam

Juniper and Bay - Grilled Prawns with Tomato Variation: Sorbet, Jelly and Foam

I didn’t have a taste of the prawns but the sorbet made from a tomato consume is full of flavour and a clever use of a dessert which is savoury. The tomato foam is also amazing.

 

Honeycomb Tripe in Burgandy Sauce under Puff Pastry Crust

Juniper and Bay - Honeycomb Tripe in Burgandy Sauce under Puff Pastry Crust

I love pastry and was keen to try the tripe. The forgotten and unloved cuts of meat which have disappeared out of mainstream cooking still have a place and carry lots of flavour. My dish is kind of stew like, the tripe soft and tender in a delicious sauce full of body and very flavoursome. Delicious.

 

Roast Duck in Port & Prune Jus with Red Cabbage and Dumpling

Juniper and Bay - Roast Duck in Port & Prune Jus with Red Cabbage and Dumpling

Very tender just falling apart, lovely flavour. You can tell the duck has absorbed the port flavour and with the jus and red cabbage, it makes for an excellent meal. Very generous serving.

 

Grilled Chicken Breast with Fresh Manjimup Truffles, Homemade Spaghetti, Enoki Salad, Almond Broccolini and Parsnip Puree

Juniper and Bay - Grilled Chicken Breast with Fresh Manjimup Truffles, Homemade Spaghetti, Enoki Salad, Almond Broccolini and Parsnip Puree

Moist tender and succulent, lovely flavour permeating through the chicken. Interesting to eat the soft light spaghetti in a non-Italian dish.

 

Pulled Lamb Shank in Rosemary Jus with Leek & Mushrooms, Potato Croquettes and Roasted Ratouille Vegetables

Juniper and Bay - Pulled Lamb Shank in Rosemary Jus with Leek & Mushrooms, Potato Croquettes and Roasted Ratouille Vegetables

Extremely tender, falling apart with little effort, lovely flavour especially with the dark rich flavoursome meaty jus. I like the medally of vegetables served atop a tomato paste like sauce which is particularly delicious when paired with vegetables like eggplant. Fantastic deconstruction of ratatouille. I’m also a fan of croquettes and enjoyed them very much.

 

Pavlova Roulade with Passionfruit Sauce

Juniper and Bay - Pavlova Roulade with Passionfruit Sauce

Very light and tasty, a different take on pavlova but I really liked it. In fact, better than the original!

 

Truffled Coconut & Chocolate Ice Parfait with Pineapple Gel and Lemongrass Tapioca & Pear

Juniper and Bay - Truffled Coconut & Chocolate Ice Parfait with Pineapple Gel and Lemongrass Tapioca & Pear

I had a small taste of this dessert and the parfait is so delicious.

 

Tonka Bean Ice Cream with Creme de Cassis & Toasted Macadamias

Juniper & Bay - Tonka Bean Ice Cream with Creme de Cassis & Toasted Macadamias

All the desserts look very appealing, the presentation is fantastic with every element representing care and detail. My tonka bean ice cream is delicious. There’s lots of cream and there’s crunch from the candied macadamia and candied crown. As I don’t drink, the creme de cassis seemed a little jarring at first but it starts to blend in and add flavour. I really enjoyed this dessert.

 

Juniper & Bay Food Review Summary

Verdict: A restaurant like Juniper & Bay is a hidden gem. Unpretentious, yet based in a classy intimate setting with excellent warm friendly service, the food on offer is nothing but quality from execution to presentation to flavour. We chose the fixed price option of 3 courses for $54 which allowed us to choose the dishes we want and also share them for extra variety. The night started off with a delicious smoked pumpkin and honey soup full of depth and flavour, with the peppercorn providing a peppery bite which is just what the soup needed. For entree, the tender honeycomb tripe was immersed in a stew like Burgandy sauce full of flavour and enjoyed with a crispy puff pastry. For mains I had the pulled lamb shank that was super tender, just falling apart. Partnered with a delicious meaty jus and an array of roasted vegetables atop a tomato paste like sauce, the deconstructed ratatouille was very cleverly executed. For dessert I particularly enjoyed the eye catching beautifully presented tonka bean ice cream with toasted macadamias for crunch. A smooth vanilla like ice cream partnered well with the creme de cassis, the mint, cream, strawberries, tuile, and the candied crown. Fantastic food at exceptional value, I’d be happy to come here anytime.
Price: Moderately Expensive
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent
Recommendation: Highly Recommend

 

Juniper & Bay Restaurant Details

http://juniperandbay.com.au/
Juniper & Bay Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

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Juniper & Bay - 28 Jul 2016, reviewed by Shaun on 2016-07-28T21:27:04+00:00 rating 4.7 out of 5
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