Saturday, 6 October 2012

Print Hall, 6000

Print Hall is the shiniest edition to the stunning Brookfield Place complex; boasting a brisk bank of bars and restaurants with rockstar chefs and sommeliers. The bar/restaurant by the same name, is one of the first to open and another two- a Hong Kong eating house and morning coffee bar- are primed to get things rolling next week.

A wall of impressive wines divides the drinking from the dining. Even though the bar next door is gushing with people on a Friday night, you feel divided enough that the noise doesn't intrude. If anything, it adds energy. The bathrooms are stylish retro, turning out white tiled walls, turquoise lacquered doors and Aesop soap dispensers. Can a bathroom be 'dapper'?

Great debate saw us go for the Smoked Ocean Trout with crackled pumpernickel, lemon yoghurt, oyster and pickled shallot, $41. Also, the White Asparagus, gnocchi, goat’s cheese, salsify, artichoke, nasturtium, $39. This dish was beautiful. An artistically plated harmony of subtle flavours and melty textures. I'd order this again. The size and presentation of mains are promotive of a three-course meal. If you have an appetite I suggest two courses or getting some sides.

White asparagus, gnocchi main, $39
Smoked trout main, $41

Well-groomed waitstaff are knowledgeable, European and maybe a bit over enthusiastic, not once letting our waters reach below the 3/4 mark.

This was my first time tasting the creations of David Coomer, and expectations were met, however not exceeded. If I had to compare the cuisine to another in Perth, it would be Restaurant Amusé, except with a little more rustic and a little less Heston Blumenthal.

Add it to the bucket list all you serious foodies out there.

Food: 4.5/5 (Inspiring flavours, unheard of ingredients and delightful plating)
Ambience: 4/5 (Classy, airy, slightly but not overly corporate)
Service: 4/5 (Well rehearsed)
Value: 4/5 (Paying for the craft, if you appreciate this kind of dining, then you'll think it fairly reasonable)

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