Neil Perry on G51 Toothfish in March Qantas In-flight Magazine

March 7, 2014

Below is an excerpt from Neil Perry’s March column in the Qantas Australian Way In-Flight Magazine.

What comes to mind when thoughts turn to dining in Perth? Breezy seaside eateries, perhaps. Great steakhouses, of course! But the West Australian capital also has authentic Asian restaurants that are well worth seeking out.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Silks (Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, 08 9362 7551) is Perth’s best Chinese restaurant. Within the elegant confines of Crown Perth, it serves age-old dishes done in an innovative way. By day, they roll out excellent dim sum and by night, some of the country’s best roast meats. It’s big-night-out dining. Special occasion? Book one of the private rooms looking out over the city skyline and the Swan River. What to order? Indulge in one of their three degustation menus, make for the roast meat selection, or tackle the nicely committed abalone offering. For me, though, it’s all about the dumplings, which include steamed Shanghai-style crabmeat, pearl meat and scallop versions, as well as crisp, fried Patagonian toothfish taro puffs (yes, really!). Finish up with some steamed salted-egg-yolk custard buns.