Tucked beneath the Windsor Lodge Hotel on Preston Street in Como, Juniper & Bay has been dishing out delectable Eurasian cuisine for several years to those in the know.
Owners Soren and Sabine, who did time (a decade even) at the George Street Bistro, have created a relaxed and intimate fine dining experience at Juniper & Bay that’s perfect for date nights. And when it comes to the dishes served you can expect seasonal produce and plated perfection every time.
Offering one of the most reasonably priced degustation menus in Perth ($73 for five courses) and some killer mid-week dining deals, we stopped by on a recent weeknight to see what all the fuss was about.
Being mid-week, we thought a degustation might be a little too indulgent (why are we so sensible?), so we opted for the a la carte menu which did not disappoint.
After downing our amuse bouche (cured kangaroo), we kicked things off with the goat's cheese brulee and Asian popcorn chicken for entree. Served with loquat chutney and a radish salad, the goats cheese took a different spin on the traditional brulee—a dense, creamy pyramid of goat’s cheese, torched with sugar on the outside—and had our taste buds tingling in just the right way. We will be back for this alone.
While not exactly the dish you’d expect at an establishment like Juniper & Bay, the popcorn chicken did not in the slightest resemble or taste like what you’ll find at KFC—it was much, much better, especially when covered in wasabi dip and nam jim gel.
Next up, mains! We ordered the grilled barramundi, the pulled lamb and a side of hand-cut potatoes cooked in duck fat. The barra (from Cone Bay), was served on a sweet potato and ginger puree with coriander oil, soy pearls, Asian greens and tempura enoki. It was fresh and delicious, exactly what you want when you order fish.
Our favourite dish of the night was easily the pulled lamb shank—tender, juicy lamb with rosemary jus, mini potato croquettes and roasted ratatouille vegetables. So yummy and so pretty, how the heck do you make pulled meat look so lovely Juniper & Bay?
While a degustation was off the cards, dessert was very much on the cards (we’re not crazy) and the hazelnut praline ice parfait with chocolate sauce and rhubarb gel was all kinds of tasty and devoured in about three mouthfuls. We also ordered the creme brulee (is it bad to have brulee twice in one night?), which was cooked to perfection and had a hint of aniseed.
Juniper & Bay take great pride in their bevvies list, sourcing wines and beers from Margaret River and the Great Southern, including a delish beer from Denmark’s Artisan Brewing company which you won't want to miss.
For their opening hours, location and all the details, find Juniper & Bay in The Directory.
Image credit: Elle Borgward