Don’t get me wrong…I love Perth weather. I love the colourful autumn sunsets, rugging up in warm jackets and most of all the smell of rain, but… for this years Taste of Perth I wish the rain would of stopped just for the day. The weather was cold, wet and miserable but that didn’t stop us. We braved the weather to taste the creations from Perth’s leading chefs and restaurants as well as sample gourmet delights from Perth local producers.
Anthony and I opted for the platinum tickets $55ea. This gave us general admission and 30 crowns each. We thought this was a better option for us as we had to get crowns anyway and this way we saved a lil cash at the same time (1 crown = $1 if you purchased them once you get inside)
By the time Anthony and I got inside we were starrrrving so the first thing on our minds to was to check out the restaurants and grab something tasty to eat before we perused around all the gourmet food stalls.
El Publico – Pork Belly Taco, grilled belly served with pineapple, salsa picante and chicharon cost: 8 crowns. Perfect start to the Taste of Perth! My taco was delicious, the pork belly was tender and juicy and I loved the super crunchy bits of pork crackling sprinkled all over.
Lalla Rookah – Ricotta Gnocchi, sugo di carne: organic beef and pork ragu cost: 8 crowns. The gnocchi was definitely the highlight as it melted in your mouth but one thing we were disappointed in was the portion size. We walked away thinking it was a little overpriced for what we got.
Asado – Lomito, BBQ’d rump cap, loose leaf chimichurri, chipotle mayo, salsa criolla cost: 8 crowns. The BBQ meat was so juicy and tender and the chimichurri sauce was the bomb! Anthony loved this dish so much he went back for seconds!
Bib & Tucker – Rotisserie suckling pig slider with kimchi slaw, kewpie cost: 8 crowns. This slider went down well and was gobbled up in seconds! The shredded suckling pig was amazing! soft, tender and was a tasty match with the kimchi slaw.
Next Door at No.4 – Valhrona Chocolate Garden, salted caramel, peanut dacquoise, sandalwood rocks cost: 18 crowns. This dessert was deliciously decadent. Each spoonful gave a delectable rich, smooth chocolately caramel hit.
We brought home some goodies from the Taste of Perth. Honey Cake and cupcakes from Sweetly Baked
We had a great time at the Taste of Perth this year despite the weather. We didn’t end up spending the whole lunch service there as a couple of hours in we were so cold and drenched from the rain. I sympathise with the event organisers because you could see that there was so much effort and planning put in to make this a great event for Perthgoers but unfortunately we can’t plan the weather (I learnt that lesson on my wedding day. We had a beautiful vintage garden ceremony in late October and it rained most of the day!) If you love food and get a kick out of trying new flavours the Taste of Perth is definitely an event you shouldn’t miss. Cant wait for next years!