The First Feast of Eat Drink Perth

On Monday 31 March 2014, 250 Perth foodies descended upon Brookfield Place for The First Feast, the kick off event for this year's Eat Drink Perth. I was lucky enough to score an invite to this swanky do, as did several other food bloggers. Thankfully we were all sat together so the constant flashing of our cameras was pretty much routine behaviour.

The night was beautiful - cool air with clear skies embraced us as we walked the red carpet. Purple and blue lights were prominent, illuminating the white marquee that hosted us until the feast began. 
There's live music by the gorgeous Darling Buds of May, with gorgeous watermelon moscow mule cocktails circulating - the collaborative brainchild of Choo Choo's and Bar Lafayette. This is definitely my favourite drink for the evening - light, tantalising and a little too easy to drink (uh-oh!).

We're offered an amuse bouche which is created by celebrity chef Matt Golinski, who overseas the entire menu creation for the night. His dish is betel leaf, with spanner crab, macadamia, finger lime and ginger. Crab is one of my favourite meats ever, so this is right up my alley - and I'm loving how much I see finger lime making an appearance on menus these days. It's tangy, pretty and gives a great citrus kick.

Before long we move into the dining room, which is one long table to house us all! I'm amazed by how long the table is, and am nothing short of impressed by the set up. They've taken into account everyone's dietary requirements to a tee. 

While most people have a hamachi carpaccio (kingfish sashimi) in asian style pesto with yuzu soy and wafu gelee from Sushia, others have seared beef, yakitori, pork belly and even vegetarian sushi. For so many variations, it's really nice to see that they have put in such a personal touch in looking after all the first feasters.

My Sushia starter is seared beef with pickled ginger, chives and a crunchy root vegetable salad in the centre. It's gorgeous - the beef raw in the centre and so tender it melts in my mouth. I love the little crisp chips on top, they offer a great texture change as I munch away. 

This entree has definitely inspired me to visit Sushia soon to try the other menu items they offer. If they're anything like this, it'll be amazing!

Speeches take place throughout the night, with a strong focus on just how iconic Perth is becoming as a food destination. This meal is a great testament to the quality of restaurants we have in our city, with each course being provided by a different Brookfield's eatery.

The mains move away from individual portions to shared dining with a new set of wines coming out - all from the lovely Vasse Felix. 

The Trustee has created the ever impressive mains for the evening which includes shredded confit lamb on rosemary roast garlic mash, Cone Bay barramundi on white truffle potato puree, warm salad of wild mushroom, radicchio and snow peas, and finally an Italian coleslaw. There's also adorable little jars of herb aioli and bowls of bread buns to "mop" up the precious sauces from the lamb. It's a feast for sure!

There's a bit of fighting between us diners over which protein is the winner for the mains. I love truffle anything, so the barramundi ticks the box for me - but at the same time that lamb is to die for. Tender, just a little bit fatty and completely falling apart. I could eat this every day and never tire!

I love the mushroom salad which comes out with the mains - full of assorted wild mushrooms, snow peas and raddichio it's warm, fresh and oh so tasty. Just thinking about much I enjoyed this dish is making me fall in love all over again.

While I love share dining normally, I have to admit it is a bit of a strange experience sharing food with basic strangers. I was lucky enough to be sitting with the lovely other bloggers, but it still felt a bit daunting to go in and really pig out like I secretly wanted to!

After mains come our cheese platter from The Heritage. It's papillion roquefort, with cabernet poached pear and thyme salted doughnut. Blue cheese isn't up everyone's alley but this one is creamy, tangy and has enough of a bite that you're best to combine each mouthful with some of that savoury doughnut and the sweet pear.

While we're all starting to feel full, there's one more course to come and that's Print Hall's signature dessert - "Whisky & Cigars". Whisky infused cream comes with a cocoa cigar that is crisp, light and not overly sweet.

The food has finished for the night, but there's one more 'course' to go - a nightcap from Bobeche. They've taken the traditional long island ice tea and have put a great spin on it, removing the tequila and coke and adding in a T2 rosehip tea. It's sweet, cool and the perfect way to finish the night. 

I basically have to roll myself out of Brookfield's to go home after eating more than I would usually do on a Monday night! What a fantastic way to start our journey for Eat Drink Perth - and one that has invigorated my tastebuds. I'm so looking forward to all the next events that are to come!

A big thank you to the City of Perth for putting on a fun and delicious night, and for the wonderfully generous invitation to attend. Eat Drink Perth is going to be a month of absolute fun and gorging for sure. 

Bar Lafayette on Urbanspoon
Choo Choo's on Urbanspoon
Sushia Izakaya & Bar on Urbanspoon
The Trustee Bar and Bistro on Urbanspoon

The Heritage Brasserie, Bar & Boardroom on Urbanspoon
Print Hall Bar and Dining Room on Urbanspoon

Bob├Ęche on Urbanspoon


  1. Gorgeous photos and what a speedy girl you are publishing this so quick! Such a graet night out, always good to hang with my fav foodies xx

    1. I know I love catching up with you girls - especially over a delicious bite (or twenty). I'm being organised before I leave - it helps that the photos turned out well so I can drool over them xx

  2. Happy that I can do the same, great teamwork lol