Restaurant Review – Nine Fine Foods (Perth)

Published May 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, we’ve just had a mother’s day celebration not too long ago and my sister in law decided to organise a get together to celebrate mother’s day. She decided to book a restaurant called Nine Fine Foods which is located in Bulwer street Perth and I’ve been to the restaurant a year ago for my mummy’s birthday and my impression of the restaurant was that it was dim, cramp – the place was small and the food was not too bad – Euro -Japanese food = Japanese food with a twist with European style touch to it. So we were looking forward to revisit this restaurant again. Now because the restaurant place is small they have requested that we order 3 course meal for everyone.

There were nine of us and we had to give them our orders few days before hand. The selection of choice included: Entree – sashimi platter – which consisted of selection of different types of sashimi (tuna and salmon and different cuts), seafood platter – which consisted of deep fried soft shell crabs, sweet potatoes croquette, deep fried prawns or duck meat with scallops. Main was either rib eye steak or salmon and dessert was either hazel nut flavoured icecream or green tea icecream. Both Pandabear and I thought to ourselves, we’ll just both have different dishes so that we can nibble on each other’s dishes… When we arrived the waiter sat us down to our table, the restaurant atmosphere hasnt changed much – dimly lit and quite a small space to fit all these tables. Fortunately, there was another room where they set our tables so we could comfortably sit some along the couches some with normal seats.

My entree was the duck & scallops – I’m not really into any other types of duck meat apart from Roast Duck from Chinese restaurants, so I thought to myself I’ve never had a Japanese style duck dish so I’m going to try it. The presentation is fantastic, the duck meat was equally cut and it’s light pink in the middle so looking rather juicy and moist. It was served with 2 contrast of sauce – I couldn’t really tell what they are but they tasted fantastic! The duck meat was a little chewy for my liking but then it wasn’t over cooked so maybe it’s meant to be done that way. Pandabear went straight for the deep fried seafood platter and I had some of his bits, I loved the soft shell crabs, the deep fried prawns and the sweet potato croquette the presentation was stunning it made the food looks great which in turn you would think the dish would taste great too I love it’s crumbing – Japanese style very tasty. Our brother in law had the sashimi platter and the presentation was lovely with different cuts of the fish in different compartments – he said it was lovely. Very fresh indeed.

The duck & scallops

The duck & scallops

The deep fried seafood platter

The deep fried seafood platter

The Sashimi Platter

The Sashimi Platter

For mains, I had the Salmon which came with the deep fried cabbage croquette. It was a generous serving of 3 pieces of salmon, pan fried and 2 x cabbage croquette – I love the croquette it had that crunch of cabbage texture and a crispy outside crumb. The salmon was served with a thick gravy sauce – couldn’t identify what it was but it was tasty. Pandabear had the rib eye – medium well done served with mash and generous serving of brown sauce – didn’t know what the sauce was. The rib eye steak was cooked to perfection it literally melts in your mouth, love the sauce and the mash was smooth. We were pretty happy with our mains. We also shared on the table some Caviar spaghetti apparently it’s meant to be one of their popular dishes, it had orange roe and tiny black caviars throughout the spaghetti – it was nice with some light crunch of the caviar to give that texture.

Salmon with Cabbage Croquette

Salmon with Cabbage Croquette

Rib eye steak with mash

Rib eye steak with mash

Caviar Spaquetti

Caviar Spaquetti

As for desserts, Pandabear had the hazel nut icecream and I went for the green tea icecream – I love green tea icecream. The dessert was simple it came with some fresh fruits and as you dig in 1/2 way you realised there’s some sweet red bean inside the green tea icecream that was a lovely little surprise and a great treat – red bean goes really well with green tea icecream.

The hazel nut & green tea icecream

The hazel nut & green tea icecream

Well, we were pretty happy with our meals overall it was pretty tasty, the waiters & waitresses were all Japanese and they were really friendly, our food waiting time was pretty good considered we had a large group of people. The food has definitely improved compared to the last time I was there a year ago so would definitely go back again to try out some other dishes.

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend: YES

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