Our Senior Perth Contributor Christophe Chevallier, invited to celebrate the occasion of Rockpool Bar & Grill’s 10th Anniversary in Perth, reports back on an exceptional night, which featured the greatest hits of the menu over that period of time. He writes:
April 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, which is celebrating the landmark achievement with a full month dedicated to the very best producers in Western Australia.
Head Chef Ludovic Mulot has designed a 7-course tasting menu around the best that Western Australia has to offer – from a succulent dry-aged in-house Wagyu beef slider to open proceedings, to the luscious chocolate dessert.
All the dishes were as divine as each other but for me the highlight was the ceviche – Pink Snapper, freshly caught from the Abrolhos Islands, marinated beautifully with a crunch of blood lime – hard to fault, a superb dish.
Next up, the charcoal Blue Ridge marron was equally satisfying. The tail meat melted in the mouth with classic winning flavours of butter, garlic and parsley.
The Mediterranean-influenced fried calamari from Fremantle was another pleasing dish – lusciously tender, and served with Romesco sauce.
To follow, another successful dish in my eyes and my mouth, simple yet delightful, perfectly grilled dhufish from Geraldton. The charcoal cooking method makes the difference with the homemade aioli, and again the dish speaks for itself.
The pièce de resistance, a meat trilogy – Arcady Lamb, White Rocks Veal and Blackwood Valley Beef – the best in the West. Wood-fire grilled to perfection, on the bone, tender, succulent, ideal for meat lovers. What can beat a béarnaise sauce to dip in charcoal grilled meat? The meat is served with a side of grilled broccolini topped with melted pecorino cheese, and a colourful, well-seasoned leaf salad.
To finish (if you still have room for dessert!), a velvety chocolate and subtle salted caramel gateau with creamy vanilla ice-cream is a delectable way to finish this exclusive meal.
This anniversary celebration is an ode to gastronomy – the entire degustation menu will delight your tastebuds. Ludovic has kept the dishes as natural as possible to let the real flavours shine. It takes a dedicated and skilled chef to add his own delicate touch to enhance the flavours.
Treat yourself with wine pairing – all those mouth-watering dishes are perfectly matched with – of course – magnificent West Australian wines. From the newly released sparkling “Idée Fixe” from Vasse Felix to the famous Leeuwin Art Series, wines from the state’s most renowned wineries complement the food. The sommelier made great pairings with wines from Mount Barker and Swan Valley.
This anniversary is a great showcase for the West Australian food industry, farmers, producers, butchers, fishermen, winemakers, chefs and waiters to come together to produce this sumptuous, unforgettable experience. Cheers to another 10 years!
Come and celebrate 10 years of succulent food at Perth’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, available only from 1st to 30th April.
By Christophe Chevallier