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Restaurant Amusť Degustation

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by Sean Gomes (subscribe)
Commercial lawyer and weekend enthusiast
Published August 9th 2015
For lovers of fine food
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.
Restaurant Amuse menu
The menu

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, cos lettuce, salt & vinegar crackers, cheese puffs
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.
Mushroom, sunflower seed and cauliflower puree
Mushroom, sunflower seed and cauliflower puree

Another dish was the squid, fennel and black garlic. The texture of squid tentacles was just right, and the flavour combinations were spot on.
Squid, fennel and black garlic
Squid, fennel and black garlic

This is followed up by the combination of beef, apple, coal and celeriac. The chewy beef is broken up nicely by the sweet apple.
Beef, apple, coal and celeriac
Beef, apple, coal and celeriac

Duck, artichoke and orange came next, with the rich and tender duck muted by the Jerusalem artichoke puree.
Duck, artichoke and orange
Duck, artichoke and orange

The optional truffle course is a dessert course and, being my first time trying truffle, I found it is somewhat of an acquired taste. However, it is certainly worth a try if you are a connoisseur.
Truffle dessert
Truffle dessert

For dessert there was also the caraway crackers with coconut and passionfruit gels. These had a good crunch to them.
Caraway crackers with coconut and passionfruit gels
Caraway crackers with coconut and passionfruit gels

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.
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Phone: 9325 4900
Where: 64 Bronte Street, East Perth WA 6004
Cost: $130pp, $80pp for wine pairing
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