UPDATE – Beluga is now permanently closed.
Last weekend I went to Beluga. It is a restaurant in Claremont that serves modern Australian food. It does have Beluga caviar on the menu too if you want to spend $120 on a starter.
Beluga is a seafood restaurant but also does much more. It focuses on fresh local food, and we chose the option where the chef chooses the best dishes of the day for you. This is not a degustation menu – he just chooses what he thinks you will like.
We were presented with three starters and they all tasted incredibly good, especially the scallops. When we were asked for our dietary requirements, I did ask the chef to keep dairy to a minimum, but I’m not really sure that he bothered considering that there would have been dairy in the seafood mousse and the cheese on the carpaccio.
The main course was suckling pig on a cheesy polenta base, served with a salad. The salad was lovely, but I found the suckling pig hard to eat. There was a lot of the pig, it wasn’t particularly crispy, and at times quite fatty, it is probably not a dish that I would choose again. It didn’t have enough flavour for me to keep wanting more.
We chose not to take dessert at Beluga, and went to nearby Koko Black which is a chocolate cafe.
I will return to Beluga, I think that it has a lot of promise, but this time I will choose my own dishes. There is also a really nice bar just across from Beluga called the Duchess – I would like to spend some time in the bar before going to Beluga – the staff were excellent, drink service impeccable, and they played good music too.