The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Friday, 11 May 2012

The Silver Spoon Food & Wine, East Victoria Park (WA, Australia)

After a few days in Melbourne during our recent trip to Australia last month, we spent a little over a week in Perth where we caught up with many family and friends we hadn't seen for years. Our first dinner in Perth was with hubby's friend B from university and his girlfriend S at The Silver Spoon Food & Wine in East Victoria Park. This couple have good taste in food, so we knew that we would be well-fed with good food that night. The Silver Spoon wasn't too difficult to locate, and parking wasn't too difficult to find since the restaurant's location is at the quieter end of the Vic Park dining strip. Being situated next to a busy roundabout on Albany Highway isn't a prime location for a seemingly fine dining restaurant, but location matter very little to me so long as the food is good. The place filled up quite well even though it was a weeknight. The service we received was professional and attentive yet unobtrusive.

Chic black and white theme with a large silver spoon hanging on the back wall:

The menu was quite limited, but I don't view that as a negative as it usually means that the kitchen is able to focus on excelling on a few dishes. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options, and I like how it's labelled clearly on the menu which items contained nuts. The food was on the pricey end, but there was a voucher provided on their website that we used, so be sure to check the website for any offers before visiting.

The amuse-bouche was a delicious spiced pumpkin soup:

Hubby's entrée - Seared Scallops with Black Pudding, Cauliflower Pomegranate and Mint. The plump, juicy and sweet scallops were cooked just right, and the black pudding was not too bad considering what it is. This was a good entrée choice:

For mains, hubby indulged in the Slow-cooked Pork Belly with Carrot & Honey, Broccolini, King Prawns and Masterstock. The pork belly was tasty, but on the whole it was a bit too rich for me. Hubby enjoyed it:

My main course was the Free-range Chicken Breast & Leg with Green Olives, Ham & Chanterelle Ristotto and Jus Gras. I liked the presentation, and it was delicious. I also ordered a side serving of greens which is visible in the background:

Hubby's dessert was Peach Soup, Coconut & Chilli Pannacotta with Roasted Apricot. This was interesting but the presentation and the combination of flavours failed to impress me:

We were pretty happy with the service and food at The Silver Spoon. I felt that dessert was a bit weak, and we were quite disappointed that there was no chocolate option in the dessert menu (except for a white chocolate dessert but we like dark). Overall, we had a pleasant experience and enjoyed great company. Hubby and I were quite pleased that the fine dining scene in Perth seems to have improved in the last few years.

The Silver Spoon Food & Wine
691 Albany Hwy,
East Victoria Park, WA 6101
Tel. +61 8 9361 4220

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