One evening, I was walking around with a couple of friends in Northbridge in Perth. We couldn’t decide where to eat and had to ask for advice from our faithful friend, Urbanspoon. We decided to dine in Nine Fine Food, because 90% out of 1,200 patrons liked it!
Our first impression was the restaurant was quite pricey for a casual dining. Little did we know that they were ranked in the top 20 in the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide list. Since I was only in Perth for a short period, we decided to have their most comprehensive menu: Chef’s Selected 5 Course Tasting Menu.
Everyone has the same dish for the first two courses and a choice of two dishes for the last three courses.
Spicy Tuna Sashimi – Spicy Miso Marinated Fresh Sashimi Tuna, Mixed Beans, Herbed Salad
The first course was quite a simple Tuna sashimi that had quite a bit of punch in the miso sauce.
I was just unsure about the red hair-strand lookalike at the top that’s actually quite hard to chew.
Kinoco Caviar Pasta – Angel Hair Pasta, Mushrooms, Tobico Caviar, Onion, Creamy Rice Wine Sauce (Additional Soft Shell Crab 6.5 each)
The Kinoco Caviar pasta was quite a unique dish. It was presented in a small cup with a cracker. The top bit was covered with colourful tobiko (fish roe). The pasta was, expectedly, al dente. This was the dish that I loved the most for the night. It was pleasing to see and fun to eat!
Salmon & Scallop – Roasted Salmon, Grilled Scallop, Yuzu Mascarpone, Orange Miso
This course was by far the messiest of them all. The sauce (possibly the yuzu mascarpone) was everywhere. The fish itself was beautifully cooked with the occasional burst of flavour from the salmon roe (ikura). I’m not quite sure why the tiny grilled scallop was even included there.
Pork Belly – Roasted Pork Belly, Tempura Bacon, Apple Mango Sauce!
None of us picked the pork belly on that day. However, the dish looked to have quite the perfect combination in the description.
Barramundi – Steamed Saltwater Barramundi, Herbed Salad, Plum and Chilli Miso
I chose the dish to be the cover because it looked the prettiest. I had a small bite of the barramundi and it was also cooked perfectly.
Lamb Duo – Braised Lamb Shoulder, Grilled Back Strap Fillet, Mash Potato, Balsamic Soy
The lamb looked quite dry in the picture but it didn’t really do justice. The grilled lamb was cooked nicely and complemented by the mashed potato. The braised lamb was more of a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Tiramisu – Creamy Tiramisu, Bitter Espresso
Unfortunately none of us picked the Tiramisu either, so I could not comment on it.
Mattcha Brulee – Green Tea Custard Brulee
I love Creme Brulee and I will never miss a chance to order creme brulee when available. This green tea-flavoured brulee was enjoyable and had the right amount of green tea.
The final verdict for Nine Fine Food
We were very pleased with the service and quality of food delivered by Nine Fine Food!
Did you know?
The restaurant is actually located on the outskirt of Northbridge. Northbridge is well-known as the main nightlife district of Perth and has quite a vast array of cuisines.
8.0 / 10
Taste: 8.0 / 10
Price: $77 per person
Place: 9.0 / 10
227 Bulwer St, HighGate WA 6003
08 9227 9999