Yes, even when there is so much to do, I managed to procrastinate and spent my whole Sunday in front of the telly. And still feel pretty shitty. ANYWAYS, it is quite an exciting time for Perth's culinary scene with so many amazing new restaurants and chefs taking interest here and many anticipated openings coming up.
Of course, one had already launched in Burswood, ROCKPOOL! Oh yeah. Dad managed to score the family a reservation on pretty short notice and we celebrated Mum's birthday in advance...Let the journey begin!
When you enter the grand looking doors, you are greeted (no not by me) with this long beautiful walkway lighted by candles and glass panels in between. On one side, raw meat (yeuch!) and on the other wine bottles!
The menu by Neil Perry...
Our attentive waitress.
Beautiful lighting behind the couches
Dessert menu! Sorry the photos are all over the place, I had to use sis' camera and mine so the syncing was off.
And no harm in introducing dessert first here. Complimentary from the restaurant, their Devil's Food Cupcake for mama. So worth the money if you were to order this for the dessert. It is what a chocolate cupcake should be. Light moist chocolatey...ooooooooooooooooooo with the right amount of icing there.
Bread and water. Nahhhh, kidding, we had more definitely!
The menu came in a big piece of paper to not sugarcoat it. I really prefer nice bounded copies.
Our seating area. The place is pretty big and spacious within actually and still very nice and private. Perhaps created by the mood lighting...
After the long walkway, that's the 'concierge' with pretty (busty) ladies in beautiful black dresses escorting you to the tables.
Yeah, thats the raw meat in the glass panels to your left.
Dad got the oysters. Well, you can taste the sea and they are fresh. 'Nuff said.
The aged beef ordered by Sis, a tad chewy and she can't help comparing it to her time at CUT by Wolfgang Puck in Singapore. Apparently, Rockpool comes in second but not by a close margin even. UH OH.
The soup was very nice and whilst it is a creamy kind, it is not too heavy and sits in the mouth very well. I would totally recommend it.
Sis had a good laugh about it, she said kinda makes her feel better she is eating happy animals?! WHAT?!
Another beef on the menu, Dad had this the more expensive one, but swapped with sis I think because it is such a tiny portion. Again, nothing to rave about according to both of them BUT they are really quite spoiled rotten when it comes to beef.
The macaron ice cream sandwich sis ordered for dessert. YUMS. Totally want that but it isnt like A WOW dessert. Banana and refreshing...
You spot the busy clean white bright kitchen when you walk through the candlelitted walkway. Buzzing is the word. But I admired the way how bright and clean it is.
My entree with pork belly. Could very well been my main and I would have walked away from this experience a much happier satisfied customer. But alas, it was not to be. The pork belly is a little chewy but overall I think they did it very well. Paired well with the other ingredients here. Totally recommend this.
One of our side dishes, roasted pumpkin WHICH WAS SUPER GOOD and everyone loved this one. AMAZING, BIG APPLAUSE FOR IT.
Spot the bar?
Namecards of Rockpool from all round the world.
LOL. House rules which are so cute! Love the concept.
Mum's coral trout. A tad overcooked but overall very fresh and tender. 6.5/10 but I am a very harsh marker on fish.
My dessert of meringue tart which was too small but tasted quite nice. Not overly sweet. In comparison to cupcake and macaron, this is number 3.
Dad ordered coffee which comes in this cute little alien looking container for sugar. AND CARAMEL POPCORN WHICH REALLY ROCKS. A little 'lao hong' but tasted so fragrant and yummy. I wonder how they do it....drools.....
Photos credits: mayydiaries.blogspot.com
Not one of my most organised blogposts but I am in kinda rush hahaha. Not supposed to be on here but I really want to share this with you so who cares if there are repeat photos. Bask in them...
Overall my experience in Rockpool is pretty special because I had my family with me and it was Mum's birthday celebration. Other than that, I have had better dining experiences foodwise and servicewise. Nothing to crow about and definitely not worth the $$$$$$$ one has to shell out here. So I am thankful for this one time experience and I look onwards to Nobu for a better quality experience!
Till my next food find, Mayy xo