For our wedding anniversary this year we chose to dine at Bistro Guillaume, one of Crown Perth’s newer establishments, although the second restaurant in Australia after Melbourne. The decor, with its pop of fresh apple green against the white and black is striking. With views over the resort pool, the relaxed ambience encourages you to linger a while longer whilst you dine with family or friends.
After being seated our waitress served complimentary fresh crusty bread which was still warm with a pat of butter and salt whilst announcing the daily specials. We ordered two glasses of french wine; Chateau Turcaud Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc $16 and Chateau Le Bordieu 2009 Merlot $19.
The menu with classic and modern French influences is so tempting we’re finding it hard to make a final decision. We opt to skip entrees as we’ve already eyed the dessert menu. For mains we toy with ordering the whole chicken dish for 2. Finally I decide to try the Berkshire Pork Belly with pickled cabbage and apple sauce $37. It’s beautifully presented and I can already see the ribbons of meat and fat. The crackle top is crunchy and the layers underneath are tender. It sits above the pickled cabbage surrounded by a ring of apple sauce.
Hubby orders the Beef Daube in a red wine sauce on a bed of Paris Mash $40. The beef, with the slightest touch from the fork, broke away revealing how tender it was. The mash was rich and creamy and the red wine sauce made this a hearty meal.
We chose 2 side dishes. Firstly fresh Mixed Leaves $8 which were lightly dressed and refreshing. Secondly the Crispy Confit of Potatoes with Bacon, Garlic and Parsley $12 which were rather moresish but filling.
The Chocolate Souffle with Cherry Ripple Icecream $22 looked rather spectacular. Rising well above the mini copper saucepan our waitress plunges the icecream into the heart of the souffle as recommended by the chef. It’s the lightest souffle I’ve ever eaten. Subtle chocolate flavours combined perfectly with the cherry icecream.
The Passionfruit Creme Brulee with Passionfruit Sorbet and Shortbread $20 was the most artistically presented dessert. Although I’m not a huge fan of passionfruit I enjoyed its tartness in the creamy brulee and sorbet. The shortbread was buttery and added texture whilst the cute meringue mushrooms delicately balanced at one end of the plate.
The strong caffeine hit in the Vittoria Flat White Coffee $5 finished off our meal and awoke us from our sugary coma.
Bistro Guillaume is a relaxed and romantic venue and an ideal place to celebrate special occasions.
Great Eastern Highway