The foodie friends and I decided to do something special and celebrate the end of another year of deliciousness with a night of oh so fine dining.
We were all extremely excited to head to Restaurant Amusé for dinner (highly recommended by a few who had already been), especially seeing as the majority of us had never experienced a degustation. Three hours of food; canapes, eight dishes (five savoury and three sweet) and matching wines – does that not sound like taste heaven right there!
This is the second degustation I have experienced and the one aspect I enjoy the most is being able to taste the passion and creativity in each dish. Just like the love you can taste in your Nan’s pavlova, you can taste the years of training, the thought that goes into constructing every element, how each ingredient and dish was chosen to balance and complement each other and the pride in creating something people enjoy.
Restaurant Amusé was also perfectly happy to work with all of our dietary restrictions which was amazing! We had one pescatarian, allergies to fennel, a few simple taste dislikes and two (including myself) who do not eat red meat. All you need to do is let them know at the time of the booking and they will work it all out (e.g. gluten-free). They even made sure to confirm with everyone prior to starting.
Here’s the deal with the menu – there isn’t one. Well not really, just a list of ingredients and as each dish and matching wine is brought out it is introduced and described. It’s definitely part of the fun remembering the ingredients, seeing what has been created and tasting and reviewing each element. You’ll have to forgive my descriptions because as much as I have tried, there was just too much detail for me to remember about each of the wonderful dishes – I was enjoying myself after all haha!
We started with an assortment of canapes and bread: a crunchy puffed square full of creamy cheese, a parmesan round topped with beetroot and ginger, a chewy cracker filled with aromatic spices and topped with sesame and a black garlic emulsion, fried chicken skins with pickled cucumber and two lovely types of warm sourdough bread topped with whipped smoked butter. The beetroot number was voted favourite all round.
After the canapes was the first savoury dish: local white asparagus with apple, ricotta and cumquat, topped with a crispy rice cracker. I loved the mildness of the white asparagus and the slightly sweet apply puree.
Next was locally caught flathead, the interesting texture of tapioca pearls and a buttery dashi sauce. The sauce was amazingly rich so I was pretty happy with the sauce to fish ratio!
Onto my favourite dish of the night, a combination of mushrooms, corn, leek, oregano and a raw egg yolk topped with the crispy fried strings off a corn husk. I loved breaking the egg yolk to have it ooze amongst the smokey sweet corn (seriously, running egg yolks are the best thing ever!).
The next dish was lamb but as I don’t eat red meat, I received an ultra-savoury dish of grilled prawns, shiso, miso, parsley sauce and sprouted millet. I found the parsley sauce a little overpowering in this dish but I enjoyed the fried crunchy pieces of millet.
Our final savoury dish was sous-vide duck topped with shavings of garlic, dehydrated blood orange rind, fennel and a grapefruit gel. I really enjoy eating duck, especially when it is tender with a crispy, sticky skin. The citrus was lovely and bright against the dark meat. Could definitely have this in a larger portion as a main meal.
Next we were on to dessert – or as it was described “pre-dessert, dessert and post-dessert”!!!
The pre-dessert was an awesome puff of whipped coconut cream filled with hidden chunks of fresh pineapple and topped with a turmeric sherbet (sherbet is always fun in my opinion). The airiness and fresh flavours made this dish a clear favourite around the table.
Dessert came out on a beautiful flower-patterned plate; fresh strawberries, balsamic, chocolate ganache, a pink peppercorn sugar shard and then the theatrical pebbles of liquid nitrogen jasmine ice-cream which was spooned over the top of the plate in front of us! It doesn’t matter how old you get, things like liquid nitrogen, sherbet and popping candy always bring out the excited child in you ^_^
Our final dish for the night was a chocolate coated saffron marshmallow with a passionfruit cream centre and a refreshing tea of mint and pepperberry.
Overall, there was distinct savoury theme to all of the dishes, even the desserts weren’t overpoweringly sweet which I loved! Clear favourites were the cheese puff, flathead with the buttery rich sauce, the creamy pineapple concoction and the liquid nitrogen ice-cream dessert. I can’t comment on the wines as I didn’t have any but the feedback from others was that each was delicious and went perfectly with its accompanying dish. Such an enjoyable and delicious night!
Yes, it was expensive ($130 to be exact – food only) but you aren’t just paying for a meal, you are paying for an experience and for the skill and creativity of multiple talented chefs. Experiencing different dishes and tastes is what the foodie friends and I are into and this night was something we booked in early and all saved for. The service was excellent, the atmosphere and décor of the restaurant was beautiful. Even though we were in a restaurant the seating is secluded and intimate making it easy to while away the hours, chatting with friends while we slowly enjoyed our meals.
By the time we got to the end we were full! Full of ALL the delicious flavours and ingredients. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of 2016 and something we might consider making an annual tradition.
Thanks to the team at Amusé – I’m sure we’ll be back!
64 Bronte Street, East Perth WA 6004