The restoration of the State Buildings and the new venues within them would have to be one of my favourite additions to our city. I love walking through and feeling a sense of history within those walls and the work undertaken to bring them back to life, in all it’s former architectural glory, while brimming with new life, is an amazing achievement.
Having already had one successful Petition Kitchen experience I decided to take my mum for dinner after seeing a show. We arrived a little early so decided to have a drink outside on the terrace at Wildflower. It may have been a little windy (like anywhere on St Georges Tce) but this is a beautiful spot to sit for a pre dinner drink and certainly feels a little fancy (can’t wait to have dinner here one day!).
Back to Petition and seated and ready to eat. I love the industrial feel of this restaurant, exposed pipes, raw finishes and low hanging pendant lights (not the best for food photos though), feels a bit Melbourne to me. It is a long narrow space so can get a bit cosy with people seated next to you but it didn’t bother us. They also have an open kitchen with bar seating where you can sit and watch them in action.
They offer complimentary still or sparkling water, which is a bonus (and uncommon in Perth) and some spiced chickpeas while we waited for our meal. I was a bit excited about the peach bellini I ordered but after it arrived at our table looking just like prosecco I was disappointed to find out they had run out of peach puree. No longer excited, the waiter was understanding and happy to change my drink (just wish they had of mentioned it earlier), so back to a trusty glass of red and I was happy.
The menu is designed for sharing and as neither of us are super big eaters we just ordered two dishes and a dessert to share. First to arrive was the roasted mushrooms with warrigal greens, salted ricotta and potato. Beautiful dish to look at, lots of different tasty mushrooms and textures and the salted ricotta complimented them perfectly. Even though I don’t always love mushrooms I really enjoyed this dish although it could have done without the bits of peppercorn (they’re not that nice to bite down on). On my previous visit to Petition Kitchen in November I had loved the broccoli dish, definitely a standout and my pick of the vegetables.
Next up was the market fish, cod roe and zucchini. Ideal amount for easy sharing with two small fillets of fish and ample greens to go round. As soon as we started eating this dish we couldn’t stop, lots of yummy food noises and if we were at home I think my mum would have licked the plate clean. From the perfectly cooked fish to the different textures of zucchini (even a zucchini flower) the aoili like sauce and that amazing cod roe, this was a perfect dish. I didn’t even think I liked roe, but these little balls of delight had a lovely sweetness to them and we were in heaven. The lady next to us also had the fish which got us all talking about how delicious it was. I’ve had the chicken here before too and that was also really good.
Time for dessert, definitely room, and I couldn’t go past the roasted figs, marsala cream, walnuts and blackberry. My parents have fig trees and fig season is my favourite, I just love them! I was interested to see how this would come out and kind of hoping they hadn’t done too much to one of my favourite fruits. I was not disappointed, the figs were warm from the oven but not overcooked, covered in sweet but not too rich Marsala cream and topped with walnuts for crunch. I really enjoyed this dessert and the blackberry gave it the tartness it needed. If you’re not a fig fan this is probably not the dish for you but we are, and our plate was clean once again.
It may not have been a faultless experience but I’m definitely a fan of Petition Kitchen and the Petition venues as a whole. I love the fresh produce they use, the interesting menu, the bustling and relaxed vibe and atmosphere, the friendly accommodating staff and the beautiful building, I will definitely be back.
Put it on your list for any kind of date night, a midweek dinner or dinner out with friends (I’ve heard breakfast is great too), for me this is a great all rounder restaurant and with adjoining Beer Corner and Wine Bar what’s not to love!