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Perth – Print Hall

I’d been meaning to eat at this place in the new-ish bar and dining precinct of Brookfield Place for quite some time now but had never been able to secure a booking. So I was thrilled when a friend told me she had managed to secure us a table at the very reasonable time of 7pm. On a Friday night no less.

We had the option of a $150 degustation menu, or selecting 1 of 4 appetisers, entrees, mains and/or desserts from the a la carte menu. As we were a table of 6 and didn’t mind sharing food with each other, we opted for the latter.
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I decided to go for the cured kingfish for appetiser, rainbow trout with witlof and consommé for entree, barramundi with kohl rabi for mains, and a strawberry kaffir lime dessert. The kingfish was light, delicate and fresh, but the appetiser of the night for me was the scampi (photo below). This dish may look a bit like a small mess in my backyard, and some people may not like the idea of eating raw crustaceans, but take my word for it – it was a beautifully balanced dish of soft vs crunchy textures, with salty, sweet and umami flavours.
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I love consommés, and the rainbow trout did not disappoint. The fish was cooked beautifully and the crispy fish skin and witlof added the necessary contrasting texture. My favourite entrée though was ordered by the same friend who had ordered the scampi, and this was the duck egg custard (photo below), which was also beautifully balanced in flavours and textures.
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I was pleased with my choice of mains. The barramundi was served with potatoes that had just the right amount of crunchiness. No smooth textureless potato mash for me! The duck also stood out for me for those who are after something heartier.

I also enjoyed my dessert thoroughly. This consisted of a piece of shortbread topped with kaffir lime sorbet, 3 choux pastries filled with strawberry cream, and a few jellies. Light, refreshing and not too sweet. Another standout for me was the ginger savarin (photo below). Not only was it pretty as a picture, I also loved the light ginger taste complemented with freeze fried lychees for sweetness and texture as well as raspberry powder for tang and yet another textural element.
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The meal was interspersed with a few free treats, which I had sadly neglected to photograph. To start with, before handing us our menus, we were given a giant puffed rice cracker that we could tear pieces off to dip into a soft cheese. There was also a nice selection of housemade breads to choose from, including a rosemary snail bun, linseed, and rye. In between the main and dessert courses, we were offered a refreshing mojito palate cleanser. To finish, there was a large box of petit fours to choose from. I selected an orange shortbread, a dark chocolate orange truffle, and a white chocolate mint truffle. A word of warning to those who dislike toothpaste-y flavours – the white chocolate mint had a very strong spearmint flavour.

Service: The wait staff were attentive in taking our jackets/cardigans as we sat down, providing handbag hooks for the ladies, and when one of our party decided to leave the large piece of marrow that was served with the wagyu as it was too fatty, the waitress asked if the meal was alright. The time interval between courses was just right.

Ambience: The setup was clean and minimalistic but nothing particularly special. I appreciated the adequate lighting for taking photos, and was relieved that the noise from the bar outside did not carry through to the dining room. I loved the personalised crockery and the use of a few coloured plates with irregular edges.

Cost: The a la carte menu included appetisers and desserts for $20 each, entrees for $30 and mains for $40, with all 4 for $110 (i.e. no discount for all 4). We thought the drinks were a little pricey even for Perth with sparkling water charged at $10 a bottle and cocktails ranging from $17-25. I had the Roasted and Toasted coffee-based cocktail, which personally I found to be a little strong.

Hours: Monday-Friday 11.30am-midnight, Saturday 4pm-midnight, closed Sundays and public holidays.

Getting there: 125 St George’s Terrace (Brookfield Place), Perth. I’d recommend parking at The Atrium carpark. From there, it’s just a short walk across St George’s Terrace to Brookfield Place.

Verdict: A great night was had by all, but we felt that the food and drinks on offer were on the pricey end for what they were, given the small portion sizes. I wouldn’t say no if someone were to ask me to eat there again, but can’t say I’d be champing at the bit to return.

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