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Restaurant review: Sirocco at Crown Perth

Written by 16th January, 2009

Sirocco is located within Holiday Inn in Burswood and is a modern dining restaurant offering a Mediterannean-influenced menu. I have been here numerous times as it is easier to get a table in this restaurant compared to the others in Burswood especially on the weekend.

The menu gets updated every so often so there are always new things to try every season. The menu covers a wide variety of food, including entree, pizza, pasta & risotto, main course and of course desserts! To start off with, we ordered some champagne, the Hardys Collection Brut Reserve. As with such restaurant, there is always an extensive wine list so you will never run of wine choices.

For mains, we ordered a few dishes which included:

* Pizza - Shredded Duck Confit, Spanish onion, Coriander pesto, Oyster & Hoisin sauce
* Pasta - Crab capellini, garlic, chilli, tomato, parsley, roasted herb crumbs, Jingilli olive oil
* Risotto - Asparagus, snow peas, Gorgonzola, pea puree
* Roasted Lamb Rack, corn & eggplant cous cous, lamb loin saltimbocca, capsicum relish
* Char grilled beef fillet, mash potato, garlic mushroom, seeded mustard jus

The best dish I thought for the night was the duck pizza. I only ever had duck pizza with hoisin sauce at two other places (one in Claremont and the other in a pizza shop in Malaysia) and became quite fond of the taste. The duck pizza in this case proved to be very tasty, it wasn’t very salty as could be with the addition of hoisin sauce. The onion and coriander pesto balanced the taste really well and contributed to make it very fusiony.

The let down for the night was the asparagus risotto. My friend was struggling to finish the dish, I felt sorry for her and gave her some of my yummy pizza. After dinner, several others commented that the dishes were not filling enough which led to us ordering some desserts.

Throughout dinner, we observed the waiter bringing out a dessert that looked fantastic and judging from the menu description, we figured it was the white chocolate tart and so decided to try it. The dessert menu wasn’t that great, there were only four to choose from. We had the:

* White chocolate tart, Cassis sorbet, vanilla anglaise
* Crispy samosa of pear & almond, star anise sauce, vanilla bean ice cream.

The ice-cream came separately in the affogato and I had to pour the espresso into the glass, making it more like a dessert rather than a coffee. First time having it this way which was interesting.

Overall, it was a great dinner, however, it is largely dependent on the choice of food you pick from the menu. On this occasion, I was lucky to choose the right food. Sirocco is in the Entertainment Book which has the buy one main course and get one free. This is quite a great deal.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

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