With such an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Perth, it can be hard to choose where to go. Here are five of the best fine dining restaurants this city has to offer. Let the gastronomic marathon commence.
Run by husband and wife team, Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy, Restaurant Amuse is a multiple-award winning (17 at last count) restaurant featuring modern Australian cuisine. The restaurant is known for its 9-course dégustation menu, which takes seasonal, local ingredients and culinary creativity to produce cultural fusion masterpieces. Oh, and it’s paired with lots of rare wines. They cater to specific dietary needs by offering vegetarian and pescatarian dégustations as well as gluten free options. The chefs push the boundaries of both dish and presentation in order to keep the tastebuds ‘amused.’
This French restaurant brings the bistros of Paris to Perth. The dining room is sumptuous and inviting, with contemporary fixtures and bright green accents. It’s all about food with friends here, making it perfect for those who like to spend a leisurely evening with good food and conversation. Acclaimed French chef Guillaume Brahimi is serving a menu filled with provincial French dishes including gratin dauphinois and a mind-blowing Passionfruit Soufflé.
It’s all about the views. Halo is in a prime location at Barrack Street Jetty with a scenic outlook of the esplanade and the Swan River. Maybe you’ll even spot a dolphin as you dine. Halo restaurant serves up contemporary Australian cuisine with affordable prices and impeccable service. Being so close to the water, this restaurant specializes in fresh, local seafood although it still caters to meat lovers with succulent chicken, venison, lamb, and steak dishes.
Balthazar is sophisticated, yet relaxed. Men in suits talk business and the wails of an accordion pierce the air (sometimes). This charming modern Australian bistro has a cellar feel as hundreds of wine bottles are scattered around the restaurant, giving a nod to the awesome wine list forthcoming. The wine list is carefully arranged and extensive, with over 400 options to choose from. The food is complex and lovely all around, with options such as roasted figs in honey fromage frais with rocket and mouth-watering pork shank.
The Loose Box
The chef and owner of The Loose Box is Alain Fabrègues, who has received both France’s highest culinary award, the Meilleur Ouvrier de France and a French knighthood Chevalier Dans L’Ordre National du Merite, for his contributions to French cuisine. Reservations are essential and there is only a 7-course dégustation menu. Needless to say, this is serious cuisine. Fabrègues combines fresh Australian produce with classical French culinary principles to produce masterful dishes such as Daube de Boeuf Aux Chataignes. The restaurant is nestled in the suburbs in a cozy house setting.