Petite Mort

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225 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
Ph: (08) 9388 0331

A Slice of Heaven

Nestled away in the quiet suburb of Shenton Park lies one of Perth’s culinary gems _ a romantic restaurant providing some of the most incredible French food I’ve tasted. Owners Ash Wilcox and Todd Stuart are so confident in the quality of food provided that they named their restaurant Petite Mort and, after reading pages of praise online by critics and foodies alike, I was expecting a gastronomic experience that knew no match, and for once, the hype could be believed.
Despite being regarded as one of Perth’s finer restaurants, Petite Mort isn’t the intimidating dining experience that often accompanies five- star venues. Risqué yet classy art adorns the red brick walls, and a polished dark wooden floor creates an environment that screams opulence and intimacy at the same time. The staff are attentive and friendly, while head sommelier Martin is a walking wine encyclopaedia, knowing exactly which wines bring out the best in each dish.
Speaking of wine, Petite Mort boasts a wine list containing more than 200 bottles, ranging from
local classics to the finest drops found inFrance. There are wines by the glass available, however taking advantage of an excellent bottle allows you take your meal to new heights. There’s also an extensive cigar menu that gives you the chance to sit back in the picturesque alfresco and reflect on the ecstatic experience you’ve just had.
I would love to try the degustation menu, which provides the best Petite Mort has to offer at $105 – a surprisingly low price for the quality of fare on offer. If you’re somewhat of a wine connoisseur you can bring in your own bottle on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, and in my experience there are scant places in Perth providing meals that justify opening up a prized bottle. According to head chef and co-owner Todd Stuart, people have brought in bottles ranging around the $1500 mark to accompany the 11 course degustation menu, as the smorgasbord of flavours pay the perfect tribute to a world-class wine.
The centrepiece of our exquisite dining experience was of course the food. First up was
the Scallop with pork belly, pig head and peach. A braised piece of ham from the head, scallop, apple puree, pickled mushrooms confit pork belly, skin crackling from the cheek and pickled apricot all combine to create a deliciously light dish that danced in my mouth. We matched it with a Pinot Gris from the Marlborough wine region, the wine’s subtle fruitiness further enhancing the already sweet dish.
Our next dish was the Smoked duck with beetroot, celeriac and almond. The smoked duck breast, rhubarb puree, beetroot crisps and cubes, dry shallots and celeriac caramel were a symphony of flavours that was an ingenious and modern take on classic French cuisine.
In between meals we had a Gin and Tonic – a tonic foam with gin, juniper and sugar water
at the bottom. The idea is to drink the shot in one hit to get the sweetness of the sugar water, gin and juniper combination followed by the bitterness of the tonic foam to create the perfect palate cleanser.
Petite Mort is a beautiful, intimate venue that oozes class and sophistication, and will leave a lasting impression on you and your partner, regardless of whether you’re on a first date or having a corporate lunch with a client. Rather than battle to get a table over the weekend (Petite Mort is generally fully booked on Friday and Saturday nights), pop in for a quick lunch or a mid-week treat with your significant other. Petite Mort is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and for lunch on Thursday and Friday.
By Nic Ingram
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