Matilda Bay is an oldie but a goodie. Conservative, but not old fashioned, posh but not stuffy, it styles a fine mac’n’cheese with smoked cheddar and all sorts of on trend dude food.

Brussels sprout slaw with cranberry and smoked almonds is a case in point. Oven baked haloumi wrapped in filo with pumpkin and tomato is a touch small side for its $24 price tag. It is, however, spot on in the taste department with its accompanying olive salsa and harissa yoghurt.

Fluffy, pillowy potato gnocchi is standout with its super rich, slow cooked braised lamb shank topped with truffled pecorino. Business folks and fine dining fans flock to Matilda Bay for its well-cooked wood fired steaks. Choose from a 250g Black Angus fillet to a 500g ribeye and pair it with one of its sauces – from Bearnaise to barbecue relish.

The food is one thing, the view is quite another. For want of a better cliché, it’s to die for. Nowhere else in Perth can you dine so close to the river’s edge and adjacent to a sailing club with Kings Park and Perth City vistas. It’s the best restaurant real estate in the State. Even the nightime views don’t disappoint with an illuminated jetty showcasing ranks of beautiful boats and the city skyline twinkling in the distance.

Matilda Bay is a romantic, sophisticated venue with top-notch cooking, experienced waitstaff and an intelligent wine list that crosses continents. It’s a destination.