I was kindly invited to the recent Taste of Perth food tasting event!
Do you remember my post about the event from last year? For some reason I thought it was an INDOOR event, so I wore such an inappropriate outfit and almost froze to death! Anyway I LOVED the food last year and was thrilled to be invited back again.
This time I brought a friend… and I wore more clothes!
My girlfriend and I were given complimentary entry tickets, and we had to purchase our own tokens (called Crowns). We bought $40 worth of Crowns each and headed over to our first gastronomic conquest.
Behold the Rotisserie Suckling Pig Slider (with kimchi slaw and kewpie mayo) – $8 from Bib & Tucker.
Oh my, the idea of suckling pig and kimchi… it was a match made in heaven.
My friend and I both bought this for our entree and it was just amaaaaazing. I wanted to eat three.
We both hit up El Publico and I ordered the Pork Belly Taco, featuring grilled pork belly served with roasted pineapple, salsa picante and chicharon – $8.
I didn’t know what half those things were… but it was delicious.
The salsa had a bit of heat to it and bite after bite, the taco was bursting with flavour.
The sizzling fat of the pork belly, the tangy pineapple, the fresh coriander and the hot chilli salsa… it was all such a winning combination!
I think this was my favourite dish for the whole night.
My friend ordered the very popular Lamb Ribs, twice cooked and served sticky with sesame, cucumber and lime – $12.
I had a little bit to taste and it was really yummy. It too had crispy fatty bits and the lamb was so soft, juicy and tender.
Next up, we went to Nobu and Silks. Their stalls were next to each other and our mouths were drooling from the tantilising aromas.
I was craving some sashimi, so I ordered the Nobu Seared Salmon Sashimi, with chocolate, yuzu karashiso miso, cocoa nibs and friend kataifi – $10.
I didn’t read the small print and didn’t realise there was chocolate with the sashimi? CHOCOLATE AND RAW FISH??
If I had known I probably would have chosen a “safer” dish.
But OMG it was SO GOOD!! I was practically licking the paper plate!
I LOVED the mixture of sweet chocolate and salty miso, and the combination of squishy fish and crunchy kataifi (shredded pastry).
My friend fancied some fancy prawns, so she chose the Silks Wok Fried King Prawns with asparagus and chilli sea salt – $22.
She didn’t have enough Crowns to buy it so she had to find a pay station to top up her Crown card.
I didn’t taste it, but it looked really crunchy, fresh, and my friend was pretty happy with it!
Lastly, we both bought a Tiramisu from Modo Mio ($8) and we both ordered a coffee ($4) from an espresso truck.
The tiramisu, while it didn’t look very spectacular, was just divine to eat!
We found a table, sat down, enjoyed our dessert and coffee and chatted about our evening.
In total I spent $38. I had $2 left on my card which I donated to a charity collection set up at the exit. My friend spent $54.
If I had purchased my own entry ticket (Silver Package which includes $25 entry + $30 Crowns + my own additional $10 Crowns), altogether my final cost for the evening would have been $65.
It was an enjoyable and novel night out – with great food!
Once again, I was very inspired to go out and try food from some of the best eateries in town. Next on my list is El Publico, Mary’s and Nobu.
Thank you for the fab night Taste of Perth and I’ll be seeing you next year!