"Fine food, Fine atmosphere, Fine prices = FINE dining"
I have so many places queued up to be blogged but NINE FINE FOOD just skipped the queue, I just couldn't hold it in, I had to tell all of Perth NOW!
Nine fine food is a hidden dime tucked away in the outskirts of northbridge. It was brought to my attention through my friends raving about it on their facebook statuses and albums and also by asking around, I realise the word has gone out and everyone I've asked absolutely LOVES IT! I've never really been a big fan of Japanese cuisine but I do love my japanese fusion and since my bf's birthday was around the corner I took it as a perfect opportunity to take him out to Nine fine food so I can finally try this place out...I mean...to pamper him for his birthday of course *hert hert* after all he's such a big fan of Japanese cuisine.
Being the awesome gf that I am, I decided to surprise him by inviting all his close friends, I made a reservation for 10 people and was told numbers more than 8 can only choose from the set menu. O_o I was worried there..I didn't really know what that actually meant and what comes with the set menu...I wanted to have the 4 courses they offer that everyone I know seem to order... but I took my chances.
THE DAY finally arrived..I was so excited to try the place out...oh..and to surprise my bf hert hert...anyways...yes he was very surprised....birthday aside...lets go straight to the food. FOOD was O M GOdelicious!! not to mention the prices too! The set menu turns out to be a choice of the 3 course TOKUTOKU ($52) or a 4 course OSUSUME ($62), which was exactly what I wanted. Pretty much half of us chose the 4 course and half chose 3 course..me being one of them. With each course they offered a couple of choices..different dishes to cater for everyone with different tastes.
|Warm feeling ambiance..perfect for dates|
|Cute little lamps|
|Touch of japan|
The lovely waiter asked if we wanted the second course served at the same time as the first for those who chosed the 4 course meal in order to keep both courses in sync and we agreed to do so. My choice for the first course was the lamb and scallop and I have to say..I'm not a big fan of lamb but this is one of the best lamb I've tasted. It was so tender and it didn't have that wierd smell I find with lamb. It was so mouthwatering tender and had a sweet savoury taste to it. The only thing I'd change for this dish is for it to be BIGGER..ALOT BIGGER...like..never ending supply big...okok getting carried away here haha..
|Lamb and Scallop|
My bf had the sashimi and beef tataki for his first and second course and it was all good reviews from there..I didn't try the sashimi as I'm not a fan of sashimi but my friends absolutely loved it and it was fresh and beautifully presented..I tried the beef tataki and it was surprisingly tender and had a refreshing taste to it, the beef just melted in my mouth despite it being rather raw and so I was expecting a chewy kind of texture. My other friends had the goose mousse and the crispy spicy seafood and they too really enjoyed their meals.
|Crispy Spicy Seafood|
My second course was the duck violet. I know after blogging about Red cabbage I swore to never order duck again as I've always been disappointed expecting a peking duck or something..but nope..I broke that promise and I ordered DUCK again. This time...I really enjoyed it! the combination of sweet sauce and savoury flavours worked together and I'm such a fan of those kind of dishes. The duck meat just fell off the bone and it was a joy to eat. The only thing I would change for the dish is maybe a more crispier skin to the duck...but then again..it's probably just me unconsciously wanting it to taste like peking duck or roast duck =-=.
My eel loving friend had the Unagi eel which I disliked! I just don't like the fishy taste that comes with eel but my eel loving friend really loved it! she claimed it was a waste to give me a little piece as I didn't appreciate eel like she did haha. So to all those eel loving peeps..I'd say..order this. The bf had the tenderloin steak and I tried abit of it..it was good steak..not chewy and very tender, lots of flavour though I'm not a fan of shitake mushrooms hence I didn't order it.
Finally for dessert majority chose the the green tea creme brulee (mattcha brulee) and tiramisu..I had the creme brulee and thought it was very simple..simple and delicious..it had a very subtle creamy green tea flavour to it which was good for me seeing as I'm not a big green tea person :S don't ask me why I ordered the green tea creme brulee ahha..I really liked the tiramisu though..one of the classiest looking tiramisu I've seen. One of my friends decided to deviate from everyone and chose the black sesame gelato (kuro goma gelato). Everyone took a spoon out of it and they enjoyed it, to me the name says it all...tasted like black sesame ice cream.
|Kuro Goma Gelato|
Overall...I absolutely loved this place! I'm definetly coming back and perhaps trying the degustation out ($99) I heard it is very different from the set menu which is good..I'd like to see what other talents the chefs have up their sleeves. I would rate nine fine food to be one of the best finds this year..recommended to all yo! and that's a big compliment as I'm not a big japanese cuisine fan myself.
Tip 1: There is discounts if you have the entertainment card
Tip 2: It is definetly more worth having the set course rather than ordering from the A la carte menu. (see menu below)