St Michael 6003 took over the space that was formerly occupied by iconic Perth restaurant Jacksons. A joint venture by some of the talent behind Red Cabbage and Petite Mort, St Michael's (named for the father of one of the business owners), is a 'small plates' restaurant where you can choose between a three course or seven-course meal. Regardless of which choice you take, you will get top end food without the top end price tag.
A pre-dessert with beetroot jelly, orange juice sorbet and honeycomb
If you opt for the three-course meal ($59), you can choose an entrée, a main and a dessert from the menu. Extra courses, snacks and sides are also available.
As this was a special occasional, we opted for the seven course tasting menu at $89 per person. While you do not choose your own dishes with this option, there is a lot of flexibility for food allergies and preferences, with options for vegetarians as well as those who can't eat seafood. Personally, I just love any meal where people bring me beautiful food and I don't have to make any choices.
The menu constantly changes but some of the dishes I experienced included a fat juicy scallop (nicely crunchy around the edges) with a serve of crunchy pork cheeks hidden under a radicchio leaf.
A bowl of cauliflower cheese risotto was a warming feast which could have been considered the ultimate in comfort food, if not for the extraordinarily delicate cauliflower shavings which transformed the dish into something dazzling.
Even with the 7-course degustation, diners are given the option of two mains: when I visited the choice was between seafood and lamb. I chose the lamb shoulder which came presented in an extraordinary rectangular shape with tiny asparagus disks and fried quinoa which was incredible to eat.
My least favourite course was the cheese course – with a small square of carrot cake, a heavily blue-cheese flavoured fruit sorbet, a white chocolate ganache and small crumbs of Cashel blue. This was only because I am not a fan of the blue cheeses and it was quite strong, but each of the courses is very small and even if you are not in love with every single ingredient on the plate, you can be sure that it will be so clever or unexpected or beautiful, that you really won't mind at all.
Each course is an adventure and you're not entirely sure where you will end up. The best kind of adventure, really.
Service is friendly, but can be a little slow, especially with a big group like ours. If you're in a hurry, the seven courses (which took us at least three hours) may not be your best bet. But if you have time to dally, then a seven-course gastronomic indulgence under the watchful eye of St Michael might be just the luxury you need.