April is a big month for Perth foodies. It signals the arrival of the Eat Drink Perth festival. It’s an impressive line up of degustation and progressive dinners, family style events, cooking demonstrations and even a massive and sure to be delicious food truck rumble – definitely something for everyone!
To kick off this month long extravaganza they held quite a lavish long table dinner at Brookfield Place – the First Feast. I’ve been a fan of Brookfield’s eateries ever since their doors swung open and the opening night’s feast was a collaborative effort from all the creative kitchens at each venue. And a special guest at the dinner was star chef Matt Golinksi.
The scene was set for a magic night. It kicked off in a stylish marquee with the sounds of jazz in the air and a decadent Amuse Bouche created by Chef Golinksi - Betel Leaf with Spanner Crab, Macadamia, Finger Lime and Ginger. And on the beverage front, the creative cocktail stylings of the teams from Choo Choos and Bar Lafayette shaked and stirred a Watermelon Moscow Mule, devilishly easy drinking!
From there the merry crowd was ushered down the red carpet and into the vast foyer of the Brookfield Place tower. It was quite the stunning set up and it felt very illustrious to dine in such a salubrious setting on a Monday evening.
The entrée came first from Sushia Izakaya and Bar, a Hamachi Carpaccio Kingfish Sashimi in Asian Style Pesto with Yuzu Soy and Wafu Gelee along with a Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Can’t go wrong with Vasse Felix wines – ever delightful. The first course was light with melt in your mouth kingfish and an interesting citrusy dressing. It was my first taste of Sushia Izakaya’s cooking and it reminded me that I needed to book in for a meal there soon.
Up next was mains and it was a shared affair from the Trustee Bar and Bistro. Large plates of Shredded Confit Lamb on Rosemary, Roast Garlic Mash, and Cone Bay Barramundi on White Truffle Potato Puree with Warm Salad of Wild Mushroom, Radicchio, Snow Peas and Italian Coleslaw. And featuring with this course was Vasse Felix Chardonnay. Sharing the mains was a fun way to get to know the folks who were seated around you as you passed around the generous plates. The slow cooked lamb was divine, it was well cooked barra and who doesn’t love coleslaw? Very filling too!
The next course temporarily sparked some dinner conversation abut people’s preferred order, dessert first or cheese? I’m of the dessert before cheese camp, but hey I’ll partake in either.
The cheese platter was from the Heritage Brasserie, Bar and Boardroom. Papillion Roquefort, cabernet poached pear, thyme salted donut – Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. I do so enjoy a lovely blue cheese.
Our final course was a signature dish from Print Hall, their “Whisky and Cigars” – Lochan Ora, Cocoa Nib with Vasse Felix Cane Cut Semillon. Felt a little bit Mad Men pretending to puff on a cigar and quaff a whisky. Loved the presentation.
And to round things out and in case we all hadn’t indulged to maximum excess, Bobeche whipped up a round of their famous Iced Teas.
What a night it had been. It entirely showcased how amazing the Perth dining scene is these days and this had just been the Brookfield crew. Beyond this fabulous square there are many other wonderful restaurants, small bars, markets, cafes and food trucks to explore and Eat Drink Perth is the perfect excuse to do just that.
You can find the line up of events here, so study the guide, mark them in your calendar and enjoy April!
My thanks to pSquared Communications for the invitation to this event.