For most of us, it's a rarity to spend $130 on dinner, a luxury reserved for the most special of occasions. However, when such a treat is in order, you should reserve a table at the Restaurant Amusť.
Considered the top restaurant in WA, the restaurant offers degustation, consisting of nine or ten courses of fine food, with the option of a different glass of wine paired to each course for an additional $80.
Tucked away on Bronte Street in East Perth, the discreet location resembles a house more than a restaurant. The decor is understated, and the low lighting gives a cosy and intimate feel. Be warned though that this means it's too dark to take great food photos!
From the outset, you are treated to a warm welcome by the waitstaff, who take your jackets and introduce themselves. You expect and are provided with exceptional service, with a level of attention such that your glass of water will never be allowed to be empty. Although you are presented with a menu, it merely lists ingredients that will be utilised by the kitchen, including such delicacies as cuttlefish, marron, duck and truffle, along with some staples like cauliflower, egg and apple that make you wonder how they will be transformed into culinary delights. There is no choice as to dishes, but the restaurant does enquire and cater to allergies and intolerances.
The dinner consists of two entree, five main and three dessert courses, with an optional truffle dessert course whilst in season. During service, each dish is described in mouth-watering detail by the knowledgeable waitstaff. If you select the wine-pairing option, you are also served a glass of wine that has been specifically chosen for that dish. A sommelier will explain each wine's origins, characteristics and flavour.
Each course provides something new, with exquisite, balanced flavours combined with neat presentation. The entree snack was curried egg in cos lettuce, salt and vinegar crackers and cheese puffs. These really activated your salivary glands and prepared you for the dishes ahead.
Curried egg in cos lettuce, salt & vinegar crackers
Restaurant Amusť certainly reinvents the wheel with some of their dishes. Take the mushroom, sunflower seed and cauliflower trio puree, for instance, which sounds more like the dish of choice for babies. However, the flavour combinations are surprisingly delicious, and perfect when combined with tasty crusty bread.
Restaurant Amusť is considered the best fine dining restaurant in Perth, and it's easy to see why. The dishes are top-notch and the service outstanding, making the overall experience one to remember. Whilst it might not be a regular dining option for most, if you have a bit of money to splurge (and a spare three or four hours), Restaurant Amusť certainly warrants a visit for a special occasion and when you are looking for the best cuisine WA has to offer.