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C Restaurant, Perth (the best gnocchi, ever)

September 24th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Speedread…

  • Delicious International and Modern Australian cuisine
  • Friendly, attentive service with 360 degree view of Perth CBD
  • Reservations required

The Need-to-knows…

  • Must try: Delicious house-made pesto gnocchi
  • Address: Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA

I’ve been to C Restaurant before, but decided to visit it again as I needed a refresher. I remembered we had a nice experience there last time, but didn’t remember ‘why’. Was it the view?

The view from above

One of the things that make this restaurant unique is that it’s a revolving restaurant. So as you enjoy your meal the whole place turns at a comfortable pace and you get the chance to see various aspects of Perth appear slowly below you. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Whole Pemberton Marron, pesto gnocchi, vanilla veloute ($20 supplement)

I wanted to try Western Australian seafood, and was informed by the waiter that the Marron was the best option so Marron it was. While the Marron was fresh, the winner of the dish was actually the pesto gnocchi. Cooked al-dente, what I loved about the gnocchi was that it had the perfect flour:potato balance. I’ve tried MANY times at home to make good gnocchi and ended up in tears. So I envy C Restaurant’s ability to make it so perfectly. The gnocchi was presented coated in a rich pesto sauce. I could have eaten the gnocchi on its own…soooo goood…

Red snapper, Fremantle scallops, squid ink gnocchi, Brussels sprouts, sorrel veloute

Once again, a seafood dish, and the red snapper was cooked perfectly, it sprang back to the touch. Fremantly scallops were lovely and thick with a soft centre. We weren’t 100% won with the squid ink gnocchi but to be honest that’s only because we tried the pesto version first. So it had tough competition.

Shoestring fries ($7.50)

An old favourite, and although it wasn’t the traditional ‘curly’ version of potato fries, it was cooked perfectly, crispy and we actually finished the whole bowl. Looking back, I’m not sure how we did it because the bowl was huge. The fries were served with a rich cajun sauce that gave it an interesting flavour.

Crunchy hazelnut sponge, milk chocolate mousse, vanilla ice cream, poached pear

A beautifully presented dessert. Like taking a walk at night in the park, the highlight of this dish was the dark chocolate ‘trees’ that were so delicate you had to handle it carefully with ur fingers to eat the entire unbroken portion of it. The piped rounds of milk chocolate mousse was aired nicely. The vanilla ice cream was refreshing against the rich hazelnut sponge. A perfect dessert to share.

Muesli biscuit, fresh strawberry, thyme, Chantilly tapioca, strawberry ice cream

A great dessert for summer. Impossibly thin sheets of muesli biscuit and the wonderful vanilla scent from the tapioca cream. Think of this dish as a ‘high street’ version of strawberries and cream. If you’ve had a heavy meal this would be the recommended dessert to finish on because of its light flavours. The raspberry coulis was a perfect match for the house-made strawberry ice cream.

When you see ‘revolving restaurant’ I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that it’s more geared to tourists but to be honest, this restaurant would suit both tourists and locals. It offers amazing views over Perth’s CBD and beyond, and has a menu to match. It’s also great value for a special occasion. Next time we go there I’ll be sure to order the gnocchi again because that dish alone was so well cooked. It’s the simple things that a restaurant gets ‘right’ that makes the difference in whether customers come back again and again.

C Restaurant

33/44 St Georges Terrace

(08) 9220 8333


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