Restaurant Amusé (pronounced with an é) is probably THE restaurant to visit when one is in Perth. Having won over many food critics and bloggers alike, it has been accoladed with many awards including being rated number one in Western Australia in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide three years in the row, 2010, 2011 & 2012 and Awarded Three Hats and rated 17/20 in the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide 2012 (Sidenote: This is one guide that I refer to quite frequently.)
Be forewarned though, that at Amusé, there are no ala-carte options. There is only the ONE degustation menu which changes based on ingredients and seasonality. You are, however, requested to make your allergies and dietary requirements known at point of reservation. (Considering that the restaurant is quite small and tables are quite wide spread, my recommendation to potential visitors is to definitely make a reservation before heading down!)
While seated, you are presented with a copy of the degustation menu enclosed in an envelope. The hostess will tell you nicely that it is wise to keep it inside the envelope in order to make the dinner a lot more enjoyable. By most accounts, with dishes that come out of the kitchens at Amuse, one would be hard pressed not to peek.
Service was excellent, with wait staff being around without being intrusive. Service wise, there were a few knicks here and there, such as the wait staff seemingly rattling away the description of the dishes when presented and instances where the glasses of water was not being refilled. In no way would I say that it was bad, in fact, service was above average.
Food execution was good, if only a little on the safe side. For AS$125 per pax, I was, perhaps, expecting a touch more – more creativity in the dishes and desserts or more avant-garde techniques might just see the restaurant gaining more points in the next year. But this is Perth, and by Perth standards, this was definitely worthy of the Three Hats that was awarded to them.
To sum up my experience, I definitely concur with the Australian Good Food Guide by giving it a 17/20 and has my vote of confidence for being the best restaurant in Perth! Word of caution: That explains the usual 1 month wait for a table for Friday nights and 2 months wait for a table for Saturday nights! Mid week reservations, however, are quite readily available. I will return.
Sourdough bread with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Cigar- pork floss wrapped in edible rice paper
Crisp- ocean trout gravlax.
Oat crisps with sour cream.
Croquette with gruyere cheese and iberico ham. On roasted red peppers.
Proudly serving Kailis’ Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil
Marron, miso and soy beans
Chestnut, chicken and egg (Topped up with slices of Australian truffles)
Ocean trout, red cabbage and scallop
Trout confit in olive oil. Red cabbage reduction, purple carrot purée, Seasonal fruits and vegetables. Reduction served tableside.
Mushroom, pork and roselle
Veal, artichoke and hay
Chardonnay vinegar and lime
Apple, sorrel and elderflower
64 Bronte Street
East Perth WA 6004
P: +61 8 9325 4900
F: +61 8 9325 4599