Perth. One city that has never been on my on domestic travel list. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I don’t know anyone there and I always thought of Perth being a little too quite and lackluster for slightly hyper city girl like me.
But never say never! The stars were aligned and Perth saw me coming not once but twice In the last two months.
Staying at the luxurious, previously known Holiday Inn now Crown Promenade hotel in the Crown Perth (previously Burswood entertainment complex), Perth is more lively than I thought. The entertainment complex is a pretty sweet spot to stay in as it is in close proximity to many fine restaurants and the Casino
And here is where I discovered Modo Mio; my first Perthian meal as recommended by the hotel staff. Further research revealed that it is a fine dining restaurant aiming to serve ‘authentic’ and ‘honest’ Italian cuisine. Sounded pretty good to me so I went.
Lavish and brightly lit interior with gold and yellow undertone the restaurant is grande and exhubirantly decorated with feature mirrors, halogen lights, drape curtains, and ornamental pillars. It felt like a royal dining event with formal table setting, big plush (super comfortable) dining chairs and upscale crockeries.
Food is simple here, no mucking about. Just authentic Italian food with quality ingredients and true Italian flavours. Extensive food menu meant I took twice as long to decide. Even worst with the Italian names; everything just sounds more delicious!!
Vitello Tonnato, Insalata di Sedano, Tartufo Nero – Roasted veal in tuna & caper sauce with crispy celery salad & quail egg. Scattered with generous amount of black truffle, this dish is my favourite; simply divine, just look at that goeey quail egg…
Homemade black ink fettuccini with scallops, squid, snowpeas, white wine, garlic & chilli sauce. Delicately flavoured. Wished the ink taste could be more pronounced but it was still a very enjoyable dish nonetheless. Loved the roasted cherry tomatoes thrown with the dish; it gives it a nice burst of freshness.
And true to form, all four dishes were just cooked simply, beautifully, and in true Italian style. Could not fault any of them; athough, the serving size could be a little bigger. Finally, homemade flavours in fine dining setting would not be without a fine dining price tag. But you pay for the experience and plus this Perth – they dig deep for gold here.