Nestled in a back corner of Shafto Lane in Perth is where you’ll find newcomer Binchotan Grill. If you haven’t heard of Chef James Park, he’s not only the owner/chef here, as well as Doric Street, his culinary resume is steeped in fine dining experience, including our own pride and joy Wildflower.
While normally my days at work are horrendously busy, we managed to carve out a lunch break and head to Binchotan as a group of four to check it out. Both Jocelyn and I had been invited with plus ones, so it was nice to experience it as a bigger group to try more dishes out. Definitely my style of eating!
A little about the restaurant:
Binchotan Grill and Tapas offers a combination of modern asian and western style small plates using the latest culinary techniques, including molecular gastronomy. Every dish utilises the highest quality ingredients, including those imported directly from Korea and Japan.
On our visit, it was a sunny day so we enjoyed the fresh air and outdoor seating while waiting on our food to come out. First up, a complementary dish of ebi prawn sashimi which was delightfully fresh and delicate. Beautiful.
From there, food starting coming out as it was prepared with the sardine tempura with a dressing made of kombu soy, sriracha mayonnaise and rice vinegar ($16.00) hitting the table. It was quickly followed by burrata with golden beet and nectarine ($26.00).
I thought that the sardines were lovely! They’re not a fish for everyone but I really like their salty flavour profile and meaty texture. The accompanying sauce with these was well matched and really enhanced each bite.
Burrata is one of my favourite things ever to eat, and I thought this one was excellent. Creamy and rich, it was just decadence in a bite while bringing out the sweetness of the fruit that accompanied it. A nice salad, and one I’d happily eat as a main any day of the week really!
I think my favourite dish for our lunch was the kimchi risotto with pork belly, barley and poached egg ($32.00). It was a rich bowl of hearty goodness (perfect for sharing as it is a flavour bomb!), and I loved the unctuousness of that pork that just pulled apart with the gentlest prodding of my spoon.
The risotto had a wonderful taste, and the kimchi really shone. I thought this was a really clever way of modernising traditional Korean flavours – and the gooey poached egg on top just added even more luxury to each bite!
Everything we’d eaten so far was really tasty, and I have to say I was pretty impressed! And that sentiment continued as we made our way through two final main dishes: the confit duck with cauliflower mousse, onions, blueberries and duck jus ($38.00), and the 450g rib eye with triple cooked chips and jus ($46.00).
That duck! Ridiculously succulent, with the fat rendered nicely, it was cooked to absolute perfection. I thought the blueberries would be a strange accompaniment but actually it worked really well with that creamy mousse and the rich jus.
And the steak – well that was on the same level. Cooked medium rare for the group’s consensus (I normally prefer rare), it melted in my mouth and left me humming in pleasure. The quality of the beef was outstanding, and it married well with the sauce and the crisp chips. I do so love triple cooked potatoes – they absolutely hit the spot!
What a delight this new restaurant turned out to be! While I’m not sure about how they’ll go being in Shafto Lane (since it’s not a top of mind location for dining out), what I tasted and experienced here has completely sold me in. I’ll definitely be back, I can promise you that – it just absolutely hit the ball out of the park in terms of delicious food.