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

Juniper & Bay – 28 Jul 2016

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.


Red Cabbage - Course 1 - Farm

Red Cabbage Food + Wine – 22 Mar 2016

I was really impressed with the 7 course degustation Red Cabbage presented and I can see why they’re highly renowned. Dining in an intimate atmosphere with quality crafted food, there were several dishes that were absolute knockouts. The first of these was the amuse bouche of pickled prawns which presented delicious sweet prawn flesh, plump tender mussels, and a delicious chilli tinged thick fermented tomato like sauce. The second course presented cured prawn which was too sour for my liking but the plump juicy scallops were enjoyable. The third course oozed a strong coal smoked odour which added plenty of flavour to the marron, with the proscuitto like pork jowl providing the seasoning. Another highly impressive dish. The blow torched ocean trout was super tender and enhanced by the sweet pickled cucumber but it was the shitaki dashi which was flavoursome, particularly impacting the clams which were superb. This was followed by a masterfully crafted and presented cheese course which was fantastic. Cashel blue cheese was paired with a biscuit like cheddar crumb, a touch of sweetness from the carrot ganache, and more sweetness from the white chocolate and refreshing pear sorbet. The pre-dessert coconut sorbet with cherry jam underneath was excellent, but those chocolate pistachio shards were even better. The smoked Jersey milk pannacotta tasted like a fluffy cloud of milk with other elements providing the flavour, though a little over-influenced by the caramel. To finish, a set of chocolates was presented which was delicious. Fantastic dining experience well worth the money (even at full price).


Blackbird - Assiette De Dessert

Blackbird – 22 Sep 2015

I really enjoyed my dining experience at Blackbird. The service was warm and friendly and the food was excellent, well worth the money (even at full price) given the quality of the dishes. The samples of the perfectly cooked juicy scallops and croquette were excellent. I really enjoyed my entree of calamari which was soft and tender. It was enjoyed with an interesting fennel, olive, and caper filling. For mains, I really enjoyed the risotto which was soft and creamy and had sufficient seafood to add meatiness to the meal, along with the bits of chorizo which also add a touch of saltiness. To finish, the assiette de dessert presented a range of small dessert offerings which were a little mixed given the high standard of dishes served to this point. The large serving of lemon and coconut cake carried nice flavour but was dense and a tad dry. The profiteroles with English cream were lovely but lacked chocolate sauce to add that touch of sweetness. The thick rich caramel chocolate tart had a lovely dense flavour. The chocolate mousse and vanilla semifreddo were super delicious and really finished the night off strongly.


No 4 Blake Street - Pork Costals, Cauliflower Puree & Florets, Lardo

No4 Blake Street – 30 Jul 2015

No 4 Blake Street is Tom Randolph’s vehicle to showcase his creativity in the kitchen. This is clearly on display through the 7 course degustation. On Sunday’s, a long table is held instead where new dishes are displayed and tweaked, influenced by feedback, some of which make their way to the main menu. For something less relaxed, a wine bar with tapas is available at Next Door at No 4, which is literally next door to the dining room. For tonight’s 7 course degustation, I particularly enjoyed the potato risotto which substituted rice for small rectangles of under seasoned potato, allowing the salty flavours of the sea and tender crab to shine through. While I normally avoid eggs, the 35° smoked hen’s egg with pearl barley for some meatiness to the dish and tuna Benito for seasoning was a dish that surprised on the upside. The pork costals was another highlight of the night, presenting tender succulent rib meat with a pork intensity off the scale. It needs an acidic element to balance out the meatiness and flavoursome lardo, but I loved it. It’s hard to pick a winner, especially when the night finishes strong with a fantastic dessert! The pistachio ice cream was a standout element amongst the Vahlrona chocolate soil, chocolate mousse, chocolate shards, and pistachio sponge. I also loved the sour dough bread and particularly, the duck fat spread. The creativity did deliver a few misses with some dishes that need a little balancing in my opinion, but I’d rather take creativity over safe and there were enough hits to leave me a thoroughly satisfied diner. Don’t let the rain keep you away when you can enjoy quality, creativity, and deliciousness in a comfortable soft ambient setting.


The Trustee - Dessert Degustation - Snickers Bar

The Trustee & Dessert Degustation – 15 Apr 2015

I headed especially to The Trustee to try their dessert degustation. Before I started, I ordered the pork belly parcels which served up tender pork belly oozing the unmistakeable flavour that only pork belly can offer, surrounded by crunchy pastry and a blob of cranberry sauce. This was well paired with a delicious apple and red cabbage salad. Then it was on to the dessert degustation consisting of 5 courses. I loved the wattleseed and caramel ice cream, not so much the quince with pear tart. The lychee granita was so refreshing and enjoyed thoroughly with the rosewater panna cotta. The snickers bar was absolutely amazing along with the vanilla ice cream wafer. Lastly, the spearmint macaron and spearmint vanilla flavoured milkshake was an excellent finish to the meal. I love the dessert degustation which offers lots of variety, quality, execution, and taste. Five courses for $24 is well worth it, mind you, after the fourth course I was done. Plenty to keep you happy.


Restaurant Amuse - Marron, Carrot, Buckwheat

Restaurant Amusé – 14 Apr 2015

A degustation at Restaurant Amuse will place you in an environment perfect for any special occasion accompanied by professional service, quality food, perfect execution, and delicious taste. I felt the balance of some dishes were out of whack, an example being the beef dish which was far too creamy, and this coming from a person who likes creamy and rich food. The very creamy element seemed to be a common thread through several dishes which needs to be tempered and differentiated. Aside from that I liked the Spanish stuffed pepper with goats cheese, the nashi pear with grated turnip and cheddar cheese was an excellent pairing, the marron dish was excellent but the star of the night was the duck. What a fantastic dish paired with creamy cauliflower purée and bitter kohlrabi. Excellent experience. So full!


Next Door At No 4 Blake Street - Beef Intercostal, Burnt Cauliflower, Parsley

Next Door @ No 4 Blake Street – 15 Mar 2015

No 4 Blake Street still presents fine cuisine at it’s restaurant, but has transformed a part of the restaurant into a casual wine bar with share plates of varying sizes called Next Door @ No 4. I went for this and there’s a feed me option (“Trust The Chef” at $50pp) where the chef selects bread, a couple of snacks, 2 of the smaller dishes, 3 of the larger dishes, and a dessert. This is a great option so you don’t have to worry about making the tough decisions. We received a nice variety of dishes which left us satisfied and comfortably full. The highlights for me were the crispy potato skins, duck and taleggio croquettes with hazelnut marmalade, and the beef intercostal. Casual, variety, taste, easy. A great option though a little pricey.


Equateur - Creole Snapper Curry

Equateur – 21 Aug 2014

My second visit to Equateur’s Reunion Island creole inspired dishes was just as good as the first. The ever smiling Mickael looks after his customers very well and provides excellent service. I started with an amuse bouche of an Emmenthal filled samosa with a creole vegetable salsa which was delicious. The entrée of pumpkin & choko gratin was an interesting pairing of elements with juicy tiger prawns and those lovely strands of intensified sweet potato. The chunk of creole snapper curry was tender, succulent and contained an interesting mix of flavours – tomatoey, acidic, spicy. With the spiced rice, lentils, and tomato onion chilli salsa, there was plenty to amuse the tastebuds. To finish, the vanilla crème brulee was nothing short of superb. A definite favourite, this version was unusually not rich which made it easy to eat and I truly polished it off with much glee. The 3 course meal at $60 is excellent value and with excellent friendly service from Mickael and quality flavoursome dishes, I can see why booking is essential.


Equateur - Creole Vegetable Salsa

Equateur – 29 May 2014

I love trying new things and Equateur’s Reunion Island creole inspired dishes were fantastic! From the moment you walk in the door, you are warmly welcomed by the friendly Mickael who looks after his customers very well, which is refreshing in Perth. I started with an amuse bouche of pea soup with creole flavoured onions, a delicious starter that oozed flavour. The entree of creole vegetable salsa stuffed inside the crispy spring onions were delicious, as too the cabbage and sesame salad which was so unboring! The aniseed and cinnamon flavoured beef bourguigon was tender, just pulling apart and was enjoyed with the sauce and potato mousseline. To finish, the chocolate fondant was indulgent, oozing thick gooey chocolate. Along with the orange and honey syrup, vanilla ice cream, and mint, this was a truly delicious dessert to end what was an excellent dining experience. The 3 course meal at $50 is excellent value and with excellent friendly service from Mickael, I can see why this place is booking out regularly. A new experience in cuisine and service for Perth diners. Booking is essential.