When it comes to accessible fine dining in Perth, it’s pretty hard to go past Shadow Wine Bar. It’s a beautiful oasis: you step off the streets of the brash Northbridge and you’re transported to a whole other realm. Part of the boutique Alex Hotel, it has simple and understated fit out. It doesn’t feel pretentious but it does feel special.
And the food matches that offering in spades – in fact it’s nothing short of breathtaking every time I dine there.
The menu has a distinct Italian flare to it, but it fuses together nicely modern techniques and dishes with classics you’d expect to see from a place such as this.
From Bread in Common loaf to start your meal off (with Lescure butter – delicious), to small snacks like smoked trout rillette on seeded cracker. Your appetite is kickstarted as you make your way through larger dishes which can be the likes of prawn tortellini, gnocchi with nut butter or veal cotoletta.
It’s an ever-changing seasonal menu which I’m always a big fan of. Thought that does mean their incredible steak tartare and duck liver parfait aren’t always available. But I do love that their signature pear tarte tatin always seems to make the cut – it’s become the thing of legends.