Lalla Rookh are an Italian style restaurant featuring dishes of a more traditional, regional, home style type feel. I’ve dated at a lot of Italian restaurants but the cuisine here is quite unique. The venue features many different spaces, stools at the bar, tables for that special occasion, or out in the beer garden with your mates. There’s also a wine store too, but the wine is also available with your meals. Sometimes choosing items from the menu is too hard. Thank goodness for the ‘il capo’ feed me menu which we chose. For $65 per head, this features 6 courses of dishes chosen by the chef to feed the table. Two different focaccia varieties were presented which were well seasoned bringing out the herb flavours and I enjoyed the crunchy and slightly chewy crust. The first dish of the night presented duck liver parfait which is normally rich, but served with an Italian wine reduction, nullified any richness but not the flavour. Enjoyed with the buttery lightly toasted brioche, it was excellent. Next up were crostoli, a crispy pastry, holding light creamy buffalo mozzarella balanced with the acidity from blood orange which made for an excellent combination. Steamed Norwest tiger prawns were perfectly cooked, but significantly enhanced by the amazing fennel and chilli sauce. A pasta dish of handmade pockets of fusilli holding a delicious rabbit and liver mixture was the next dish presented which was enjoyed thoroughly. Certainly full at this point, like an Italian nonna full of generosity and hospitality, there is more to come with a meat dish of baby goat and a bean ragu. One bite of the succulent baby goat has one’s appetite immediately revived, but the green bean ragu is simply stunning, so so flavoursome, one wouldn’t think beans could taste so good. For dessert, two were presented. The first was a vanilla semi freddo which was soft and creamy, served with a soft nougat for a chew texture, and macerated apricots provided a different texture and sweetness. The other dessert is none other than panna cotta, an Italian icon, and this didn’t disappoint. Smooth and very creamy, the slight bitterness from the caramel sauce helped to cut through the richness. The walnut and fruit mixture adds a lovely textural contrast. A simply fantastic dining experience, dishes full of flavour, generous, and certainly not leaving hungry, rather the opposite!
Walk into the spacious open restaurant and be greeted by the friendly staff before sitting down to enjoy a range of traditional Italian dishes from around Italy. The new winter menu at Davvero’s offers 16 dishes across antipasti, entrees, pasta and risotto, and mains, as well as delicious desserts. I was fortunate to receive an invite to a long table dinner and have the opportunity to sample the new winter menu which presents some really delicious dishes. Particular standouts were the pappardelle pasta with slow cooked wild boar; ravioli in butter sauce; slow cooked beef cheeks in creamy cheesy polenta; and the spatchcock marinated in Mediterranean spices. These dishes presented some really delicious flavours and were highly enjoyable and satisfying. Overall, the night was really enjoyable, the food delicious, and in the vein of Italian hospitality and generosity, we certainly did not go home hungry, rather we were way too overwhelmed with all that food. A big thank you to Cristiano and Lorenzo and the staff at Davvero for a wonderful night.
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar keeps things simple by focusing on a range of spaghetti dishes with a few other Italian entrees and sides also available. I had the Kangaroo Bolognese which was really delicious. The sauce had lovely sweet tones from the tomato, a slight saltiness from the Parmesan, and some real kick from the spicy Italian pork pate, N’Duija. The N’Duija is an optional extra and recommended with this dish and I think it’s a must. There’s plenty of the kangaroo Bolognese which is mixed in amongst the tender well cooked spaghetti. Kangaroo has a gamey taste but presented in this dish as a mince, it’s not noticeable. If I’d known complimentary bread was offered I would have ordered the smaller sized dish and maybe had some room for dessert. Maybe next time!
I enjoy coming to this restaurant which presents a stylish smart interior with delicious food prepared and presented. Eyeing the dessert menu I decided to skip mains and load up with three entrees instead. The chef’s tasting plate was a little mixed with an absolutely amazing pork and miso soup, and I also loved the sweet and roasted flavours of the pumpkin puree which paired effectively with delicious succulent salmon and crisp skin. The other two items of falafel and a kimchi slider weren’t as impressive. I also ordered a couple of the panko crusted oysters which were their usual deliciousness and I also enjoyed an intense but growing on me with each bite, black pudding. For dessert I ordered the lemon, almond and polenta cake which sounded a bit unusual to me but presented a normal cake which was soft and light, freshly baked and had a lovely crust. The tangy yoghurt ice cream was interesting, an enjoyable dessert though a little uninspiring. One does look to dessert for that big finish to the meal.
The Painted Bird is a great choice for a business lunch and we started off with a selection of 4 dishes from the charcuterie section for just $18. The sourdough bread was delicious smothered with chicken liver parfait, the px syrup and raisins adding that sweet touch to offset the richness. I also liked the pork terrine which wasn’t too intense in flavour and balanced by the piccalilli, a relish. The chorizo was crunchy and had a less intense spicy flavour but other flavours shone through, and who doesn’t like indulging in some priscuitto. Along with our mains we enjoyed some broccolini that needed a little more cooking for my liking but it was paired with garlic butter and a crunchy pangrattato crumb. The smashed potatoes still held their shape despite being tender and the slight oiliness from the chimmichurri made it very yummy. As for my salmon, it was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked, tender, succulent, moist with a crisp skin, it was enjoyed with amazing parcels of gnocchi that were an absolute standout. Another excellent dining experience.
After the setting the bar really high on my last visit, the challenge is to sustain it. Tonight didn’t reach the same highs but the food was still delicious. I loved the flavours of the perfectly seasoned calamari but it was a tad chewy. The ravioli contained a lovely soft ricotta and spinach filling and the tomato sauce was bursting with energy and flavour which took it to another level. The tiramisu was also delicious and a lovely way to finish off the night with a generous serving once again, of light moist tiramisu. I’m really glad to see a quality Italian offering in East Perth.
A new offering to East Perth is Maruzzella Restaurant which serves coffee in the mornings, lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends. The menu offers a range of dishes from pasta to pizza and also offers takeaway. They have specials each month so I tried the business special for $29.90 which includes a main and a choice of dessert. The roasted porchetta was generous in serving, beautifully cooked, moist, and had a crunchy crackling. Served with a delicious sauce, a few vegetables, olive oil with crushed garlic and chilli for additional flavour, this was a superb dish. For dessert I ordered the wobbling chocolate panna cotta. One bite of the smooth silky panna cotta took me to chocolate heaven! A truly fantastic dessert which is definitely not one to share. Be greedy and devour immediately upon serving. Superb value, delicious, served and eaten within the hour.
Brando’s is open 7 days a week and been going since 1993. They offer breakfast on the weekends and the menu contains a range of pizzas to choose from as well as mains. I got a takeaway order of the Brando’s special large pizza (other sizes available) and I really enjoyed the freshness and flavour of the tomato sauce. I think it helped make the pizza. The thin base was lovely as too were the toppings. Pretty tasty pizza. I also enjoyed a spinach and ricotta ravioli which had a lovely light tomato sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan for extra flavour. I also grabbed a delicious cannoli for dessert.
Millioncino is a family run restaurant offering Sicilian cuisine, fine dining, an extensive wine list judging by the bottles about, but in a venue that wouldn’t look out of place in Rome. I took the waitstaff’s recommendation and went with a sardine, pine nut, fennel and sultana spaghetti. A generous serving of sardine oil covered spaghetti, fine bread crumbs, chunks of small tasty sardines, and a fruity burst from the sultanas. A delicious dish that satisfies. I also had cannoli which was filled with lots of rich mascarpone and a lesser amount of ricotta inside a crisp and crunchy pastry. Pretty tasty but prefer a less richer version and a slightly soft pastry.
La Scarpetta is an Italian restaurant that is also open for breakfast and puts an Italian stamp on the dishes, so you’re not getting the standard breakfast menu you would find elsewhere. I had the open calzone with delicious thick sliced Ciabatta toast. The calzone is a little intense with the strong earthy flavours of the field mushrooms, but the ricotta helps to balance it out a little and the herbs add extra flavour. Lovely breakfast to start the day.