‘Meditative’ is the word that springs to mind when I think of my recent experience of dining at one of Perth’s best restaurants, Wildflower.
Occupying a glass box on COMO The Treasury’s fourth floor, Wildflower looks out to a pretty speccy view of the Swan River, St George’s Cathedral and Kings Park, and with its polished marble and floor to ceiling glass windows, the space feels sophisticated, elegant and luxurious.
As the cherry on top (literally) of the incredible State Buildings precinct, it is also a really special dining experience and for the few hours I was there, it felt like I was in a bubble that I never wanted to leave.
Wildflower offers a new concept to Perth—a different menu for each of the six indigenous seasons devised by COMO The Treasury’s Executive Chef, Jed Gerrard. While a lot of different restaurants focus on all things West Australian, few embrace it quite the way Wildflower does.
Walking into Wildflower on a recent Wednesday night, it was more than apparent that fine dining in Perth isn’t even close to being dead! The restaurant was full, the vibe was buzzy, the sommelier was being kept super busy and the food smelt and looked delicious.
Sitting down and tucking into a serving of warm sourdough bread with house made butter, I knew I was in for a glorious night.
Entree time and we ordered the kangaroo with blueberries, bitter chocolate, onion and Geraldton wax (so tender and such surprising flavours!), along with the raw shark bay saucer scallops with sesame cream, apple and fennel, which was a fresh, zingy and very, very delicious dish.
My favourite of the night came next—the dorper lamb with salt-baked celeriac, mustard and bush tomato paste. I think this could be the best dish floating around Perth at the moment and I’d probably eat it every night for dinner if I could (please can someone make this happen?)
The dry aged Wagin duck with crispy skin, fermented red cabbage and puree was also a highlight and is a must-try for duck lovers.
Thank the sweet lord it’s truffle season because the truffled mashed potato was ah-mazing and I am not even ashamed to say I scraped that big bowl of rich, buttery potato clean.
The wine list, as you would expect, is phenomenal.
I didn’t think things could get better, but they did, because Wildflower just happens to dish out some of the best desserts in Perth. The Bahen & Co chocolate mousse, with Deborah Lake salt, Mount Barker olive oil and Geraldton wax was both gorgeous looking and insanely Moorish.
As perfect for an after dinner cocktail (the bar is one of Perth’s best kept secrets!), as it is for a special occasion dinner, you should probably put Wildflower on your Perth restaurant bucket list if you haven’t already.
For those looking for an extra special experience, Wildflower is running some pretty incred sounding upcoming dinners. There’s a Truffle Dinner with Jed Gerrard on July 13, a Howard Park Wines Dinner with Jeff Burch on July 28 and a Phil Sexton Unplugged Dinner experience on August 31.
Want to know the location, opening hours, and all the details? Find Wildflower in The Directory.
Image credit: Nancy Hanna