I'm an aspiring writer living in Perth. I like to take the scenic route and take pleasure in the simple things in life, such as good food and good company.
Published May 9th 2014
I wish I could say I am no stranger to fine dining. The reality of my Sunday nights usually sees me in my pajamas by 8pm, or else having a solo dance party in my bedroom. Exhilarating stuff, I know. Nevertheless, I was eager to broaden my horizons and dip my toes into classier territory when visiting Amani Bar & Kitchen with three friends last Sunday. It turned out to be a very pleasant evening perfect for a catch up over an extended dinner and cocktails.
The interior of Amani is classy and classic, with a black and white checked floor, a few grandiose lights and an impressive bar. Despite being a little far removed from the thriving main strip in Leederville, Amani oozes sophistication.
A group of three and myself shared a punch bowl absolutely brimming with cocktail, a perfect concept to entertain larger groups. From what I could gather, it was a concoction of red wine, orange juice and rosemary. I found it hard to restrain from constantly refilling my glass with the delectable fruity mix.
The entree we decided on was house made bread with olive relish and what I guessed to be pickled onions. To me, nothing hits the spot better than a good 'ol dose of carbohydrates after a few hours of fasting in anticipation for a satisfying feed. The bread and toppings gained my table's tick of approval; it was utterly delicious.
Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of my main, which was a warmed pearl couscous salad with peppery garlic mushrooms, a cheesy sauce and broccoli. While the dish was not particularly 'attractive', it made up in taste and was surprisingly filling. However, as it came under the vegetarian special, I doubt that it is always available. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it (and continue to daydream about it).
The crème de la crème of the evening was dessert, being a deconstructed chocolate fudge cake. One word to describe this dish is foodgasm. Quite simply, I was in heaven. I enjoyed trying a deconstructed dessert. The novelty definitely added to the dish, as I got to taste each component on their own and also discover how the different textures and flavours added to the finished product. However, the dish was, predictably, very rich and indulgent. It probably would have been better shared between two to avoid unceremoniously wobbling out of the joint by the end of the evening, hands clutching a full but happy stomach. You live, you learn.
Overall, Amani Bar is a gem of a place with attentive service. The price of food is on the higher end of the spectrum, but I would love to go back for drinks. Amani also has a lot to draw punters in. With many alluring offers taking place near the end of the week and over the weekend, the bar caters to all sorts of tastes and does not fail to keep things exciting.