Having recently opened its doors in the place that was once Atomic Cafe in Claremont, chef-to-the-stars Jay Tesorero has come up with a dinner menu at Academy that is going to knock your socks off.
When I say chef to the stars, I mean it. Having cooked for celebs like ABBA and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jay isn’t phased by a bit of pressure. As it turns out, he isn’t the type to get star struck either, he just likes damn good food.
So it was with a bit of excitement that I wandered into Academy for dinner last week.
Starting with asparagus served with fried quail eggs, toasted pine nuts and smokey buttery sauce, I was already super impressed, but it was some super tender beef cheeks that blew me away. Not one to ever encourage serving pineapple with anything savoury (Hawaiian pizza lovers don’t even start), I was surprised that I kinda loved the flavour combo of pineapple and beef.
Mains are where the magic happens at Academy, with dishes like American baby back ribs that are so good you’ll be licking your fingers clean. The lamb cutlets are cooked to perfection and the pappardelle with Cajun smoked salmon and prawns will hit your carb cravings right in the spot! The menu isn’t long but everything that comes out of that kitchen is cooked to perfection!
Full as I was, the waiter managed to twist my rubber arm and I ordered dessert—the panna cotta on his recommendation. More of a chocolate girl at heart, panna cotta has never really gotten me excited. But Oh. My. God. This was probably one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten! Topped with watermelon caviar, saffron fairy floss and berry coulis, I pretty much wanted to lick the plate clean.
The crew behind Academy are set to open a second restaurant in Mount Hawthorn soon—and I’d suggest you put it on your Perth restaurant bucket list stat!
Want to know the location, opening hours and all the details? Find Academy in The Directory.
Image credit: Elle Borgward