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Petition Kitchen, Perth CBD

Petition Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Petition Kitchen is housed within the impressive State Buildings in the Perth CBD and is part of a trio of Petition establishments, the others being the wine bar and the beer corner. The restaurant is long and dimly lit with an open kitchen area, with a variety of regular tables and ‘perching’ tables. I was quite glad that we got a regular table as I can find the higher tables quite uncomfortable.

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We were offered bread and olives to start, which we accepted. The bread arrived with some whipped butter, but the olives did not materialise throughout the whole meal.

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I think that Petition probably have more of a passion for their alcohol rather than food. The wine list seemed quite impressive, and I fancied a glass of my favourite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but couldn’t find one in the ‘by the glass’ section. There was a quite interesting ‘cloudy sav’ from WA, and I originally chose that, but the waitress indicated that it was really cloudy and quite sour, so I changed my order to a South Australian Riesling which was very nice, and if I hadn’t driven, I would have been happy to drink a whole bottle.

The menu is made up of sharing plates from small plates like kingfish and croquettes to more substantial dishes like lamb shoulder and steak. It was very dim in the restaurant and impossible to read the menu without my trusty phone torch.

We decided to go for three dishes to start with, and order a fourth if necessary. First we chose the raw Geraldton kingfish with sweet ginger and creme fraiche which was nice, good quality fish, and clean crisp flavours – a very nice dish.

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Then came the foie gras and chicken liver parfait with aged balsamic and grilled bread. My main gripe with dishes like this is that you never get enough bread. The waitress did say that we could order more bread if we wanted (and we did), but why not just provide enough bread in the first place. I love parfait and was expecting this dish to be the star of the meal, but it was really quite average. The texture of the parfait was a bit softer than expected, but the vinegar pearls were a nice touch and added a bit of piquancy.

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The third dish was charred cauliflower mornay with chive, smoked brioche and salted egg. This was not a great dish. It arrived as a whole chunk of cauli with the sauce underneath and it was undercooked, so we had carve it up to share it out. I love eggs but I didn’t really detect the salted egg flavour, and at the end of it all, I felt that I make better cauliflower dishes at home. It was frankly disappointing.

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We decided to go for a fourth dish and chose the pigs head croquettes with red harissa and aioli. They were nice and crispy, the harissa had a heavy spice kick and the aioli provided a nice contrast to the heat. The filling was very soft and altogether the flavours matched quite nicely.

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Although the wait staff were nice, I felt that they seemed very rushed, just plonking dishes on the table with no real explanation and rushing off again. I also felt that our meal was hurried along, something that often happens when we are not indulging in alcohol – I feel that restaurants are happy for clientele to linger when they are spending money on wine and spirits, but when they realise that you are there for a relatively non-alcoholic meal, they seem to want to get rid of you as soon as you’ve eaten, and this is the impression that I got at Petition Kitchen.

I wasn’t wowed by the dessert menu, warm artichoke custard just seemed a bit pretentious for the sake of it, and the only thing that appealed to me was the fig clafoutis with spiced walnut ice cream. We decided to give it a miss.

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All in all, Petition was nice, but I wasn’t wowed by it, and it didn’t deliver the fine dining experience that I had imagined. If you love your wine and want to try a range of wines with some nice food to chomp on while drinking, then it is probably the perfect venue, but as a foodie I found it fairly average and I won’t rush back.

 

Flux Restaurant and Lounge, Noosaville

Flux Restaurant & Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Flux is a lively tapas lounge on the main Gympie Terrace strip of Noosaville overlooking the Noosa River. We were lucky to get a table and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

The wine list was high quality and we chose a ‘Not Your Grandma’s’ Eden Valley Riesling which was bright, zesty and delicious.

All of the tapas looked really tempting, and we chose the following:

Prawn and Crab Spring Rolls with green chilli and lime dipping sauce. I thought the sauce was a little sharp, but the spring rolls were perfect.

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Blue cheese button mushrooms with parmesan and thyme breadcrumbs, which were lovely – a nice balance of salty piquant cheese with the softness of the mushroom and the crunch of the cheesy herby breadcrumbs.

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Fennel and gin cured salmon with watercress, onion, orange salad, pineapple vinegar foam, lemon oil and lavosh crackers. This was a dish where everything on the plate added to the overall sensation, a lovely fresh dish, and the pineapple foam was wonderful.

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Cajun soft shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise, pickled cabbage and herb salad. A lovely tasty, crunchy triumph of a dish – again with flavours that matched so nicely.

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We enjoyed everything so much that we ordered a fifth dish of seared scallop with creamed leek puree, crispy chorizo, toasted almonds and microherbs. This was a mixture of classic flavours – the sweet scallop, the spicy chorizo, the nice leek background flavour and the crunch of the almonds. Delicious.

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Flux is definitely a top quality venue and the prices were reasonable too. When I am back in Noosaville this will be my first choice of dinner venue. Every plate was excellent.

Must Winebar – Mount Lawley

Must Winebar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I had been intending to visit Must for some time and eventually booked it after seeing that a friend had thoroughly enjoyed a meal there. I booked online, which was easy to do and was pleasantly surprised with the surroundings when I got there. It was lively, well stocked and welcoming. the seats were a little close together, but had been staggered slightly so that it was still comfortable to leave the table when necessary.

The wine list was extensive and also contained cocktails and mocktails. I chose a glass of the Spanish treixadura which was fruity and delicious.

When bread was provided I asked for olive oil instead of butter and the waiter quickly filled my request.

I chose oysters to start with a lime and cucumber dressing.

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My partner chose the chicken liver parfait with Riesling jelly

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Both starters were of an excellent standard. the oysters were fresh with a divine dressing, the parfait was light and smooth and flavoursome.

For main I chose the seared Huon Tasmanian salmon with a fennel and orange salad and saffron vinaigrette

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My partner chose the Arkady slow cooked lamb shoulder with couscous, fennel puree, tomato confit and olives.

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Again both mains were excellent with every ingredient adding value to the overall effect of the dish, definitely fine dining at it’s best.

After the success of the previous courses, we had to make room for desserts, and I chose the cognac chocolate truffle – dark, luscious and supremely chocolatey.

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My partner chose the pears with vanilla caramel, spiced gingerbread and cream.

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What a wonderful meal and a shame that we hadn’t discovered this wine bar much earlier. We will definitely return – it had the wow factor.

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