1907 reviews; 1907 Restaurant reviews
Discretely tucked away on Queen Street is 1907 Restaurant - a charming restaurant that offers fine dining away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
1907 is decorated with a mix of old world (think Victorian era, post Victorian and post federation) and contemporary plush furnishings, and completed with black and white photos by American photographer Murray Garrett. For a restaurant that has a simple street facade and no windows, it does look quite impressive inside.
In March 2011, or more specifically the Eat Drink Perth month, 1907 is offering a special three course menu on Tuesdays to Thursdays for an affordable (in terms of fine dining) $59. Each course had three options and the choice to be matched with wine for an extra $40.
The menu starts with 1907's special degustation menu and is followed by a mix of modern meat and seafood dishes as well as the odd vegetarian dish. Prices of mains are mainly in the forties. To complement the food, 1907 offers an extensive drink list: with a handful of whites and reds, a decent selection of wines (including some half bottles) from around Australia backed up by a few international selections, beers, spirits, and an excellent cocktail menu brought up from 1907's cocktail bar situated below the restaurant.
Seared yellowfin tuna - $26
Our first entree was the seared yellowfin tuna - lightly seared slices that were dressed in nam jim, and served with a slice of grilled watermelon as well as cucumber and fresh coconut salad. To be honest, the combined flavours of the dish didn't excite me as much as the menu description, and in particular the spicy chilli nam jim seemed quite powerful for the tuna. However, the tuna was cooked perfectly - rare.
The salad with its fresh slices of vegetables dressed with a pickled flavour was refreshing. Lastly, the bright red watermelon slice was delicately prepared, retaining a good watermelon sweetness enhanced by the grilling.
Ginger glazed Berkshire pork belly - $27
Our second entree was a visually impressive pork belly dish surrounded by spicy Asian flavours (prawn & peanut sambal, black garlic, chilli vinegar, soy beans, baby coriander shoots). Apart from also having a fair amount of just about overpowering chilli surrounding the pork, the combined flavours from the well matched prawn to the garlic and coriander gave a burst of welcome flavour to the tastebuds. The tender and fat proportioned pork itself was also well marinated making this a tasty pork entree.
Cape Grim, grass fed Black Angus tenderloin 200g - $42
Although there was a fish and risotto option for this special Eat Drink Perth menu, the steak main course looked so good on the menu we couldn't get past it.
A black Angus tenderloin ordered medium rare, the steak was very tender and literally melted in the mouth. A moat of red wine jus added more moisture and rich flavour to the already tender steak, whilst strong thyme and rosemary flavoured crumbs gave this dish more of a roast beef touch. Although well made additions, these elements almost detracted from the quality of this steak for me. However, I am a big fan of an amazing steak with something simple like horseradish cream and some sides, but the horseradish mousse was barely noticeable in this dish.
Overall though, this was an excellent cut of steak cooked perfectly.
Strawberries poached & raw, puree & sorbet, vanilla bavarois, crystallized violets - $17
Strangely (well at least for me) this was an unexpected highlight of the night. I’m not usually one who orders strawberry desserts but this one hit the spot for me. The sorbet was very smooth, rich in strawberry flavour and low in the otherwise bluntness of ice texture and taste. Mixed with the creamy and rich, yet light vanilla bavarois, crunchy violets, and sweet strawberry puree, this combination is probably one of the best sweet and refreshing strawberry desserts I’ve tasted.
65% Dark Chocolate marquise - 17
1907’s take on chocolate, this dessert brought French style chocolate elements into this rich dessert. The dark chocolate marquise was sweet, rich and chocolately for a mousse, and cutting through it was like cutting through light cream, and melted in the mouth quickly like fairy floss. Delicious. The chocolate tuile was light and paper thin, broke apart like a snowflake and also melted in the mouth.
The lemon cheesecake on the other hand was a quenelle of relatively hard and heavy cheesecake to contrast the delicate textures of the chocolate that I thought was a little strange (I could have done with more of that marquise).
Finished off with welcome fresh blueberries, this was a nice, different chocolate dessert.
Petit fours of chocolate and marshmallow
In summary, 1907 Restaurant provides an experience of plush old world charm meshed with amazing black and white photos and contemporary touches. The food, however, is contemporary fine dining and the service is friendly and attentive.
Points to note: 1907 Restaurant is offering a $59 three course special for Tuesday to Thursdays in March 2011. In addition to the charming fine dining restaurant, 1907 has a cocktail bar situated below the restaurant that makes for a sophisticated bar experience.
Go for: Fine dining with a bit of old world charm in a plush luxurious atmosphere
Alleyway, 26 Queen Street
Perth WA 6000
(08) 9436 0233
Lunch - Tuesday to Friday from 12.00 pm
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday from 6.00 pm