Knockout Italian dishes, pizzas and glamour have arrived to enliven well-heeled Dalkeith and western suburbs aspirants.
Money can’t buy happiness, they say, but it certainly can buy one of the western suburbs’ most beautiful fit-outs. It’s hard to know where to start. The de Gournay gilded wallpaper mural? The imported Italian brass, marble and mirrors? Or the artisanal Marana Forni, known as the “Ferrari” of wood-fired ovens, all the way from Verona? Then there’s the wine, with nearly 50 different bottles listed above the $300 mark on an extensive list (among, thankfully, more affordable drops).
Sit at the pizza counter and the oven gets a workout right in front of you.
Sit at the pizza counter and the oven gets a workout right in front of you. Pick the Mare, and stunning Shark Bay prawns and calamari adorn a puffy red base with bottarga for added depth. It may well prove to be one of Perth’s most talked-about casual dishes. The strong seafood game continues with a grilled half Geraldton cray, brightened with herbs and citrus. Match it on its own with a McHenry Hohnen chardonnay, or toss it in with a salad of tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil.
To finish? The house tiramisù, with superb amaretto notes is an easy pick, but the lemon torte is a knockout, involving yuzu-infused white chocolate, chewy almond meringue, lemon curd and lemon gelato. Happiness on a plate, and it turns out, you can buy it.