Combine a jaw-droppingly gorgeous restaurant with the incredible skills and passion of ex-Wildflower chef Jed Gerrard and it’s not hard to see why Hearth should firmly belong on your Perth dining bucket list.
As the flagship restaurant at Australia’s first Ritz-Carlton hotel—which towers over the banks of the Swan River at Elizabeth Quay—Hearth is, quite simply, a really special dining experience.
If the idea of a hotel restaurant conjures up stuffy and soulless images in your mind, think again. With the kitchen focused around a custom-built hearth, homegrown produce with bucketloads of flavour is the name of the game here.
Just like the rest of the hotel—with its meticulously considered design—Hearth has luxury and elegance stamped all over it and walking in on a recent Friday night, I knew I was in for a feast of the senses the moment I stepped foot inside.
Since re-opening post-COVID, Hearth is offering a three-course set menu for $95 where you can choose from three incredible dishes per course.
Before you start drooling over the options though, flip over the menu and take a look at the map of WA which indicates where every main ingredient comes from. From Ravensthorpe in the south-east to Kununurra in the north, all the produce at Hearth is sourced from the very best local WA suppliers, a philosophy that Jed and his team are extremely passionate about.
Now let’s talk about the bread, yes? The spent grain bread with native thyme butter is the stuff of carb-lovers’ daydreams. My advice: order double.
For entrée, the barbecued Abrolhos Island octopus comes with a coal-roasted potato, onion and nduja dressing and is both super simple and oozing with flavour. Although hard to go past the fish for my main course, I tuck into the delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Mottainai lamb, before finishing with the Bahen & Co chocolate mousse, which comes served with coal-baked banana, wattleseed and Lake Deborah salt caramel. It’s the perfect sweet and rich end to an indulgent feast.
As you would expect, the service at Hearth is impeccable, the wine list is phenomenal and if you can nab a table with views over the Quay, you’ve pretty much got life sorted.
With the entire menu at Hearth basically an ode to WA, it would be the perfect place to take your out-of-town mates, but with none of those in sight any time soon, you best get there and treat yourself.
And after you've ticked that off your list, check out East Freo's new deli from the team behind Young George.
Image credit: Hearth and Elle Borgward