Don’t wrinkle your nose—there’s more to this versatile veggie than your father’s special cauliflower cheese (sorry Dad!) Yep, we’re stoked to see the humble cauliflower popping up in dishes all over Perth. Remember the golden rule—vegetables are the definition of health, so even if the cauliflower is deep-fried or smothered in sauce, a bigger serve is best.
Here are our favourite cauliflower dishes in Perth.
Arnabeet | The Prophet
Tuck into this deep-fried cauliflower with a tangy tahini sauce at The Prophet. A warning—you will get overexcited by this authentic Lebanese menu and over-order. Accept your fate and wear your stretchy pants.
Fried Cauliflower | Little Way
Perhaps the prettiest dish on the list, the earthy flavours and crunch of the fried cauliflower with hummus, feta, pomegranate and parsley at Little Way are delicious. Sit in the garden and don’t forget to order a good drop of wine.
Sesame Glazed Cauliflower | Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
Nestled on the rooftop of the Richmond Quarter building, Sweetwater dishes up sesame glazed cauliflower with roasted cashew cream and garlic chips. Trust us, this inventive dish is worth getting sesame seeds stuck in your teeth for. Get there at sunset and enjoy views of the Swan, Freo Port and ocean.
Grilled Cauliflower | George St Quarters
This one comes with a tasty Indian twist. Grilled cauliflower florets with pumpkin dahl and charred radicchio is the perfect side to some seriously good food at George St Quarters. Sit street side and people watch.
Goreng Cauliflower | Neho Asian Tapas
This South East Asian joint has got the goods and their deep fried cauliflower topped with pickle shallots, sambal aioli and pork crackling is no exception. Wash it down with an Asahi beer. Remember—just because it’s designed to share, doesn’t mean you have to. Well played Neho.
Cauliflower Fritters | Propeller
We love a good fritter any time of day, and Propeller’s cauliflower fritters are no exception. Served with harissa yoghurt, these are the perfect way to start your meal at Propeller.
Roast Cauliflower | Kitsch Bar Asia
If you like a bit of spice, this is one’s for you. Kitsch's sriracha and garlic roasted cauliflower and potato with paneer is creamy with a delicious crunch. It’s also gluten free and (if you’re willing to sacrifice the cheese) can be made vegan.
Cauliflower Crunch | Bivouac Canteen & Bar
It may be the supporting act, but this side dish is one to remember. Bivouac serves up crunchy cauliflower with chickpeas, dukkah and labneh remoulade (we don’t know what that last one is either, but trust us it’s damn good). These guys also have an epic Malawach taco on their lunch menu which is basically just full of the cauliflower crunch and it's amazing!
Roast Cauliflower | Varnish on King
With sweet onions and burnt butter emulsion, this one from Varnish will melt in your mouth. If you’re feeling adventurous (or more likely, the smell of frying bacon has you salivating) order a whisky bacon flight to go with your cauliflower—that’s four kinds of grilled bacon paired with four styles of American whiskey. Yee-ha!
Hadiqa’s roasted cauliflower is slowly becoming the talk of town. With a delicious kick of ras el hanout (a Moroccan spice mix), a splash of yoghurt to balance the heat, and a generous topping of sesame seeds to give that fabulous smoky flavour, Hadiqa definitely gets the gold star for this one.
Fried Cauliflower with tahini and pomegranate is the genius invention you didn’t know you needed until now. Enter: Mashawi. One bite of the scrumptious ‘Zahara Hara’ will convert you into a cauliflower fanatic, and don’t just take our word for it, drop in and experience these wicked fried florets for yourselves!
Bivouac | Image credit: Nancy Hannah