Matilda Bay Restaurant and Bar, Crawley

Deciding it was time to use the Entertainment Book again we flicked through it and agreed to give the Matilda Bay Restaurant and Bar in Crawley a try. We booked for 7pm so it was still quite light when we arrived however we still had trouble finding the entrance to the car park. Unfortunately when we did locate it there where no parking spots as a wedding was taking place. We parked in, what I think, was the yacht club car park and walked across which was not far but made a little more difficult when wearing heels.
The restaurant is located on the banks of the Swan River with stunning views to the city. This makes it a wonderful choice as a wedding venue or somewhere to show off the city to out-of-towners. We were shown to a table looking out an open window to the river. The view was beautiful, yachts bobbing up and down on the water with Perth in the background. As the sun set it was just as pretty with the lights of the city sparkling.
We decided to start with crusty italian bread with salted butter ($6.50) and for entree Claude chose a half dozen of the Coffin Bay natural oysters on the half shell ($21.00). The oysters were fresh, plump and luscious. As it was romantic and dimly lit the photos don’t really do the food justice but will give you an idea of the beautiful plating and size of the meals.

I chose the besaola. The thinly sliced air-dried beef was served with lemon dressed rocket, truffled honey hazelnuts and shaved pepper pecorino ($24.00). I couldn’t believe how much flavour this produced for what was relatively a simple dish. The combination of all the elements was stunning.

For mains Claude chose the confit of duck leg with pearl barley succotash, spiced peach chutney and goats curd ($42.00) with a side dish of creamy mashed buttermilk potatoes ($10.00).The duck was cooked beautifully and once again the combination of flavours were very well thought out.

The fish of the day was gold band snapper and this was served with crushed potatoes, fennel and fried capers with an orange dressing ($48.00). My fish was very moist and delicious and I loved the side dish being a big fan of fennel.

Service throughout the evening was very friendly and efficient and the wait between courses was perfect. When the dessert menu came out it was a hard choice but Claude can’t go past a creme brûlée. This was a vanilla bean brûlée with cardamom sugar, muddled raspberries and a filo cigar. ($18.00). Very pleasing with a smooth custard, no scrambled eggs here.

My choice of banana churros with cinnamon sugar, buttered rum caramels and vanilla ice cream ($18.00) was amazing. My only regret is it didn’t come with a chocolate dipping sauce, then I would have been in heaven. The churros were soft but not doughy inside with a crispy outside and the caramels were enjoyable but I couldn’t see the connection of these with the dish.

Matilda Bay offers a wonderful menu of beautifully executed food with excellent service. As it is fine dining it is a little on the pricey side so I think it is very suited to a special celebration or romantic dinner. With the Entertainment Card it becomes more affordable and I would love to come again.

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