Believe it or not, I actually don’t eat out that much anymore – or at least I don’t get to try new places as much as I’d like to! These days, places that enter my wishlist can often sit there quite awhile before I get to them – and that was very much the case for Billie H Supper Wine Bar in Claremont.
But lucky for me, I was recently invited to try a couple of restaurants thanks to OpenTable (www.opentable.com.au) – and that meant I could cross this place off finally! OpenTable have some pretty stellar restaurants available to book, and so deciding which ones to visit wasn’t the easiest job but I knew there was no way I could miss out on Billie H after having stalked it online for so long now. With Jeremy in tow, we headed there on the Easter long weekend for a lazy afternoon in the Autumn sunshine (though it was still freezing!) to try some of the dishes on their menu.
The menu is broken into small bites and mains, but luckily for us it was easy to share too. While the dappled light was perfect to soak up some warmth, it didn’t make for the best photos. But trust me when I say it: the food here is legit. And I can see why it has gotten the rave reviews it has!
Our first dish was pretty as a picture. Geraldton kingfish carpaccio ($19.00) with thin slivers of blood plum, lemon myrtle and saltbush that had been dried and crumbled into the oil. It was so vibrant in colour and in flavour too! The native ingredients really brought this to life, and my tastebuds were tap-dancing in response. I really felt like it sparkled on the palate, and it was an excellent way to commence our lunch with a drink in hand.
My absolute favourite dish (no surprise really) was the duck liver parfait with pickled radish and flaxseed cracker ($16.00). Their rendition of what is one of my all time loves was excellent. The texture of that parfait was like cream, it was so soft, and really boozy too which worked well.
The cracker was just perfection. It snapped – and that was enough, we didn’t need a crackle or pop! It was utterly savoury, and contrasted great against the fresh pickle slivers and then that parfait. It’s safe to say, I will be going back for this dish again in the future soon!
Next up was the bbq heirloom pumpkin with shiso, yuzukoshu and sesame ($18.00). What a beautiful way to really hero a humble bit of produce like pumpkin, while leaning back on Japanese flavours. The char on that vegetable (or fruit for those of you out there) was textbook! Had such a morish quality to each bite, and the shreds of shiso leaf really accentuated the Japense flavour profiles.
I really loved this. Such a seemingly simple dish, and yet it was wonderful.
We finished our lunch off with a final dish, this time from the mains section. Jeremy was quick to pick the kohlrabi, apple and potato rosti ($28.00) which came with macadamia milk and that lemon myrtle oil we had on our first dish.
This dish was so yum in my opinion, though he found it a little overpowering with the addition of all those beach herbs like samphire. But I love my herbs, so for me it was a great accompaniment to that giant rosti. It was very soft in the centre, but cooked all the way through – and the crisp edges totally hit the spot. Another great vegetarian dish!
We kept it as a relatively light lunch after a day of gorging on Easter Friday, and I have to say, everything at Billie H was just plain yum. The food here is just outstanding, and I’m actually so disappointed it has taken me so long to visit there! Big thanks to OpenTable for making it happen, and now I know I have a new place I’ll be haunting very often. Next up on my eat hit list for this restaurant: the slow cooked lamb with harissa and peas. I need it!