Hearth is the new kid in town to the Perth fine dining scene. Situated in the super luxe, brand new Ritz Carlton and headed up by Jed Gerrard, the chef with a pedigree including Wildflower, Post, and Bilson’s, I was looking forward to a delicious experience.
Please excuse the photo quality, the lighting in the restaurant is subdued, which is cool because it enhances the beautiful views of the lights around Elizabeth Quay.
The menu is brief but well considered, and there is a set price for three courses, with a choice of 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts. The staff are also helpful and accommodating with dietary requirements.
We chose a glass of WA Pedestal chardonnay to start proceedings, a peachy, citrus and smooth drop that certainly hit all of the right notes.
Cutlery is cute, and the fish knives look mildly scalpel like, which was different!
My starter was Fremantle octopus with fennel and nduja dressing, Nice chunks of meaty octopus on a plate where every flavour worked well and a very good start to the Hearth journey.
My partner chose the smoked pink snapper with sesame custard, apple, and fig, served ceviche style and again a beautiful plate of food.
For main my partner chose the duck with onion, rhubarb and duck jus. The duck was perfectly cooked and matched well with the rhubarb, great flavours and well presented.
I chose the Rankin Cod which turned out to be one of the most memorable plates of food I have ever eaten. The cod was flavoursome with a slight char, enoki mushrooms, and a lovely sauce with squid ink crumb. Absolutely superb.
The mains were accompanied by a simple but good gem lettuce salad.
Desserts were all a bit dairy-heavy, so the waiter suggested an off-menu vegan blueberry cheesecake. This came with a candle for the birthday boy:
Slices of the cheesecake were covered in poached pear slices and macthed with a sublime raspberry sorbet and Davidson plum gel.
All in all a wonderful birthday meal, great views, lovely staff, and excellent quality food, perfectly executed. Hearth also serve breakfast and afternoon tea. We’ll be returning for sure.
Last Visit Date – August 2020
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