Uopn noticing that the tasting menu at Jackson's, my favourite Perth restaurant, had changed over I immediately booked a table for my first day off work. I then realised that since I had the entire week off work I could dine out every night. This would give me a chance to try all the places I hadn't been yet whilst padding out the Perth department of Chowhound which is lacking occasionally. So I cleared my credit card, prepared my stomach and set forth into the night.
Monday - Jackson's
The tasting menu at Jacksons's is always fun and matched well with accompanying wines. The staff are discreet but attentive and happy to cater to the solo gourmand. The menu flowed well with each course holding it's own and I enjoyed them all. There were no weak links that I could find and I look forward to my return when the menu changes again.
My favourite restaurant in Perth.
Tuesday- Opus at The Richardson
The Richardson hotel is a discreet boutique hotel in a leafy street in West Perth. I had heard about its restaurant, Opus, from a few different websites and the menu looked great online so I hooked in.
The Pumpkin Soup with Blue Swimmer Crab was exquisite whilst the main of Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Fricasse was also a winner. The wine matching was also quite good. Again the staff were attentive had happy to cater to and chat with the solo diner.
Wednesday - Rockpool Bar and Grill
I always meant to visit a Rockpool over east but never got around to heading that way. So they helpfully opened one up here in Perth.
The entrance to the restaurant is a stunning walk along a candle lit corridor with some gfeat looking cuts of meat reclining in the fridges behind some glass.
The menu is upmarket bistro/steakhouse with a fantastic wine list. I went with some steak tartare and chips to kickoff followed by a delightful dish of roast squid, pork belly and chilli.
The sommelier came to my rescue with the wine list which is truly massive. Their red wine of the month would not go well with my steak apparently but should be tasted anyway I was told. They were right as the wine, a 2009 Jean Foillard 'Cote du Py' Morgon from Burgundy was a great drinking red that would have been slightly too delicate to go with the steak. For the steak I went with a half bottle of 2005 Reverve de la Comtesse from Bordeaux, one of a number of suggestions the sommelier proffered. It was great.
The steak was great and presented well. Exactly what you want in a steakhouse really. By this stage I was too stuffed and couldn't manage dessert for the first time in my life
A great addition to the Perth dining scene with Dom Perignon available by the glass, something I haven't seen here before. Heaven!
Thursday - Divido
Divido is a small Italian restaurant in Mount Hawthorn that cracked a top recommendation from Gourmet Traveller.
The degustation menu is smaller than the others I tried but not lacking in taste in any way! Each dish was thouroughly enjoyable with the main, a Beef agrodocle with celeriac puree, a true highlight. The matched wines also worked well with the staff again attentive.
This place also gets a nod on price as the degustation was half the price of any other that I tried this week. Recommended.
Friday - Friends
I had always heard that this place was slightly overrated but I hadn't looked in a while. Well I was pleasantly suprised to see that a new chef, from a former 2 Michelin star joint no less, had taken over and revamped the menu. The 10 course tasting with matched wines seemed the ticket although with truffles in season it was a tough call to pass up the truffle menu.
I kicked off with a glass of Dom Perignon which is also available by the glass here and is never a bad way to start a night.
The 10 course menu was fantastic. It was a great meal all round with great wine matching again. No course was lacking and I would happily eat any dish again, anytime.
The staff are also good with the owners patrolling the floor and happy to discuss wine and food between dishes. The location and views from this restaurant out over the Swan River are also a joy to behold.
I can't wait to return, again and again and again
Hopefully this helps anyone out who is heading West and looking for good food. I can't wait to try these places again and would whole heartedly recommend any of the above to anyone.
Yours in Food,
A Gourmand in the West