Posted by - 01 August 2010 - 2 Comments

A taste of Spain in Perth

When you think of Perth, the words 'hip' and 'happening' are probably not the adjectives that immediately spring to mind.  However, the city has undergone a resurgence over the last few years with a wave of new cool and design-led bars, clubs and restaurants opening and attracting a more discerning traveller looking for more than just sand and sunshine.

Wood fire roasted beef - just one of the inventive and delicious dishes at Pata Negra
Pata Negra is one such place.  The small, and perfectly formed restaurant is located on Stirling Highway in Nedlands a suburb of Perth.  Its one of a many Spanish restaurants to have opened in the city over the last few years.

So, here we are on Friday night in Perth to meet the AB's friends who are also in Perth for the wedding.  Despite the fact that Stirling Highway is so empty you almost expect tumbleweed to come rolling down the street, the place is packed at 8.30pm.  The interior is dark and broody, the room is painted in black, the furniture is black and the staff are dressed in black - it's all a bit 'fashion'.  Except, it is not polished and cliched, and somehow manages to be cool in a suburban way.

The menu is big and split into the usual array of fish, meat, cheese and vegetable categories.  All dishes are designed to be shared.  And the cuisine is predominately Spanish in origin, but with Moorish influences.

There's a big group of about eight of us dining, so for ease we opt for the Chef's tasting menu.  And what a good choice.  It enabled us to try such outstanding selection of mouthwatering dishes, and I'd fervently recommend it.    Unfortunately, I forgot my notebook, and because the restaurant regularly changes its menu I can't tell you about all the amazing dishes we tried.  However, I did remember my camera and here is a selection of some of the dishes the AB managed to capture on camera.

Juicy salt roasted prawns, lemon & parsley
Red onion and goats cheese salad
Deep-fried caulflower
Verdict:  So I can't tell you about how absolutely blown away I was by each of the 10 or so dishes we ate  but believe me if you come to Perth this is one restaurant worth making a trek to.  For me Pata Negra is a suburban gem.  Named after one of my and the AB's favourite hams, Jamon Iberico de Belotta, the place was always going to be a winner.  For me what sets it apart is the tapas restaurant has taken the best of Spain, and imported the country's relaxed and laid back dining culture to create a little taste of Spain in Australia.


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2 comments:

crane hire perth said...

Perth has been a melting pot for cultures. The cuisine is a strong indication that of which has fusion and authenticity.

home builder perth said...

I welcome cuisine diversity in Perth. That said, Perth residences should definitely check the place out.

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