This stunning riverside restaurant has won Perth’s Best Steak Restaurant by the Restaurant and Catering WA Awards for Excellence consistently since 2009. On Saturday night I found out why.
I went for a seafood starter of Seared scallops; truffle and ricotta ravioli, beetroot and kangaroo prosciutto; sage butter ($33) which was a party in my mouth. One unfortunate scallop was left cold in the centre but others were cooked to perfection and the handmade pasta al dente with strong ricotta and truffle flavours. The dish included one measly mouth-size piece of prosciutto. I would prefer things like that not outlined on the menu if there isn’t much on the plate, thanks.
At first hesitant at the price of $60 for a 250gm eye fillet with cafe de paris butter, it was not before long I had forgotten my reaction as my knife carved effortlessly into the meat; tender, cooked medium and well rested, just how I like it. No-one argued when my husband suggested the meat was superior to Rockpool.
Take a look at these sides – $50 for garden salad, 3 mushrooms, green beans, mash potato and fat chips. I joked they’d made a 1000% profit. It all tasted nice, but come guys, just throw a few beans on the side of my steak!
Absolutely not in need of dessert, of course I had it anyway and was most excited to see cheesecake on the menu – Honeycomb flavour with butterscotch ice-cream and caramel. It was a generous portion but had a light texture and the ice-cream was worth a bowl on its own.
Its ambience is delightful with just a few intimate tables and close views of Perth’s Swan River. I’m sorry to complain about the waitress but she really wasn’t helpful, friendly, nor showed any passion for her job. However I think I can confidently say she might be the only dud in the bunch.
So next time you’d like some fine dining and a world-class piece of meat, definitely consider The Old Brewery. My husband wants to go again this Saturday for his birthday instead of Rockpool but I said no way because now I need to compare!