We were in Perth, Australia for a few days and had a very tight schedule. We only managed a few quick bites for lunch but were fortunate to be brought to dinner at two wonderful Asian restaurants – Nobu Japanese Restaurant and Northbridge Chinese Restaurant.
Overlooking the Swan River, Nobu in Crown Perth is named after founder and chef proprietor Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. The menu features a fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with South American flavours. For dinner there are 2 Omakase Menus – Nobu Signature Menu at A$150 per person and Chef’s Choice Omakase Menu at A$200 per person.
The interior of Nobu is beautifully decorated with huge intricate glass chandeliers dominating the ceiling. It has a sake bar, teppan tables, sushi bar, expansive dining area and private dining rooms.
We were served a selection of cold dishes like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Seared Tuna Wasabi Salsa, Octopus Carpaccio and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice. For the hot dishes, the Black Cod Miso, Prawns with Wasabi Pepper and Pork Belly Spicy Miso Caramel were very good.
The desserts at Nobu were unique and delicious. The selection included Salted Caramel Miso Parfait, Bento of Chocolate Fondant and Green Tea Ice Cream as well as Rice Cream. We especially liked the Miso Cappuccino, which was Miso and milk chocolate crème, coffee chocolate crumble and vanilla ice cream with coffee foam.
Northbridge Chinese Restaurant looks like a fairly typical Chinese restaurant. The interiors are similar to many restaurants you will find in Singapore or Hong Kong. The Cantonese restaurant is renowned in Perth for its dim sum.
We noticed immediately that although the restaurant was packed for dinner, all the diners there, save for a couple, were Asians. That usually would be a sign that the restaurant had good authentic Chinese food. We were not disappointed.
We started with a platter of appetizers and a thick tofu soup. They were of the expected standard. We had several other typical Chinese restaurant dishes. The two standout dishes were the Steamed Scallops on Shell and Butter Lobster with E-Fu Noodles. The scallops were steamed and topped with tang hoon and spring onions. The lobster was nicely cooked with a buttery sauce. Both the scallops and lobster were fresh and we enjoyed the dishes very much.
It seemed a bit ironic that we went all the way from Singapore to Perth and did not get to try one of the many quirky and interesting Australian restaurants in Perth but ended up having dinner at two Asian restaurants. It has to be said, though, that we thoroughly enjoyed the food and experience at both Nobu and Northbridge Chinese Restaurant. It also means that we have something to look forward to – another trip to Perth to explore and enjoy the many wonderful restaurants and cafes we have seen there.
Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA 6100
Telephone: (08) 9362 7551
Northbridge Chinese Restaurant
26 Roe Street, Northbridge WA
Telephone: (08) 9328 9288
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