Balthazar sets the pace

Balthazar, located in Perth’s best Art Deco building, the Lawson Apartments, continues to be one of Perth’s best eating places – outstanding food along with a brilliant wine list, and excellent staff. Chef Luke Wakefield leads a talented team.
The wine list deserves special mention – geared towards small producers and styles, across a range of countries, regions and varieties. Many are representative of the move by younger wine makers to a minimalist approach to wine making which has seen some quite extraordinary natural wines appearing on lists in the past few years.
My recent birthday called for a special lunch – we could look no further than Balthazar – and once again we enjoyed outstanding food, wine and service.

A bottle of Bondar rosé – made from McLaren Vale Grenache and Cinsault – pale, dry and aromatic. Strawberries and cherries on the nose, raspberry and cranberry flavours. An excellent food wine, but also to be enjoyed sitting around in the sun on a warm autumn day!
But to the food – we began with two stunning dishes. My choice of sea mullet and scallop carpaccio was pretty as a picture – paper thin, served with a sprinkle of tobiko and a splodge of whipped hazelnut. Beautiful flavours and texture.

Crumbly, rich pastry surrounded earthy, juicy mushrooms in a splendid mushroom tart – sweetcorn and walnuts rounded things out.

Then the mains – Saffron and goat cheese ravioli on a bed of broccolini, basil and a scatter of pine nuts was sublime.

The fish of day, succulent, salty and cooked with a crispy crust, came with peppers, mussels and a delightful squid ink aioli. Another perfectly presented and turned out dish.

No room for dessert but a glass each of red saw us on our way.
Balthazar is one of the top half dozen restaurants in Perth. The food is exceptional, the setting comfortable and welcoming, the wine list interesting and adventurous, the staff among the best in town. It is an outstanding restaurant.

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