A Margaret River institution providing relaxed Japanese dégustation dining with wine, whisky and sake pairing in rural WA.
Have you even been “down south” if you’ve never been for a meal at Miki’s Open Kitchen?Capturing the essence of Margaret River, Miki’s is a pilgrimage for those that value experiential dining; here a sense of place marries artful Japanese dishes with local produce. While the restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere (in part thanks to the calm, if slightly theatrical attitude set by Miki in his open-plan kitchen), the attention to detail from service through to menu execution is sound.
Capturing the essence of Margaret River, Miki’s is a pilgrimage for those that value experiential dining.
Choose from the seven- or eight-course dégustation, with a six-course option for kids. The flavour and texture journey is carefully mapped, from a zippy palate wake-up of nashi pear, yuzu powder and gel, through to umami earthiness of shiitake and miso soup, finishing up with a dive into rice nori tempura topped with salmon caviar. Local producers are given the spotlight, such as Farmhouse pork wrapped in nori served with Manjimup cauliflower.
The drinks list is smart and the staff know their stuff. International wine options nestle among quality locals, with sake, gin and whisky pairings also on offer. Above all, a visit to Miki’s is a lesson in hospitality, with the venue’s energy and tone set by the man himself. Margs is lucky to have him.