When A and I found out we were moving back to Perth, we started discussing eateries that we would want to visit or revisit when we returned. Top of the list for both of us was Lalla Rookh, which has been raved about by friends, other bloggers and by the media. When Cyn (AKA The Food Pornographer) suggested Lalla Rookh for our catch up dinner, A and I both jumped at the opportunity to finally dine at Lalla Rookh.
On the night, I met Cyn outside the venue, which is located within the Perth CBD on St Georges Terrace. Unfortunately, A had to work late at the last minute and couldn’t join us. When Cyn and I were seated at our table, I immediately noticed the pink pig on the wall, which was especially fitting seeing as though Cyn is a self-declared pork fiend.
Our waiter mentioned on the night that there were a few new seasonal items on the menu. Cyn was immediately drawn to the roasted bacon ‘carbonara’, whereas I knew I’d be ordering the pappardelle that I’ve been eyeing on social media for months.
The pappardelle with sumo di carne (organic beef and free range pork ragu) ($27) was perfect. There was a generous amount of meat, with the pasta cooked perfectly. I loved that I was provided with a ramekin of parmesan cheese, so I could add it to my preference (i.e. lots!).
Cyn was happy with her choice of the roasted bacon ‘carbonara’, which included sweetened baby onions, cured egg yolk and pepper crema ($21).
To share, we ordered the salad of new season pears, fennel, buffalo feta, and a honeycomb vinaigrette ($21). I’m not usually a huge fan of fennel, but I loved the flavour combination of the fennel with the pears. The flavour alone was worth the $21 price tag, but the excellent, fresh and seasonal produce was also well-worth it.
Before Cyn and I ordered our mains, we both discussed ordering dessert. Both of our dessert choices were easy – Cyn chose the pannacotta vera with roasted cocoa and walnut crumble ($15) that she enjoyed previously, whereas I ordered the goats cheese and fennel seed tiramisu ($15).
The goats cheese and fennel seed tiramisu with chocolate olive oil cake and vanilla semifreddo was fantastic. Even though it sounds like an adventurous and slightly strange flavour combination for a tiramisu, it strangely really works. It’s not the prettiest dessert I’ve seen but the crunchy fennel seeds, smooth texture and complex flavours makes it an excellent dish. You don’t have to have an adventurous palate to love it!
All in all, I loved our evening at Lalla Rookh. The service was great, the food fantastic and the ambience was lovely. Cyn and I had a great night and I can’t wait to return with A sometime soon.