PERTH | Fleur is a fine dining restaurant hidden to the side of the popular renovated pub, The Royal. It’s a different proposition to the rest of the Royal, with a dark, old world atmosphere that’s opulent, but relaxed.
The kitchen is headed up by Shane Middleton, overseen by executive chef Chase Weber. The menu puts the focus squarely on local, seasonal produce, with a definite nod to Japanese flavours. The main affair is a $120 tasting menu, with options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and pescatarians. There’s also an a la carte bar snack menu and caviar menu for walk in diners.
Expect things like Wagin duck taco with Davidson plum, and baby herbs, kangaroo & pork tsukune with tare, salted egg, and native dukkah, and spanner crab with coconut, and roasted pumpkin dashi. For those celebrating a special occasion, there’s an extensive cake menu, and an old school BYO cake with a $5 ‘cakeage’ option for storing, cutting and serving.
The bar menu continues the theme of the main menu. There’s the wonderful drunken Ayoka oysters with ginger, garlic chive, and samphire. And the indulgent Shark Bay scallop and prawn toast with caramelised whey dressing, soft herbs, kewpie, and tōgarashi. It’s all very good.
To drink, head bartender Daisy Case has developed a broad drinks list, with the mini cocktails being a particular highlight. The wine list is very impressive, ranging from old to new world, classic varietal and minimal intervention, but always interesting and delicious.
If you were looking for a template for how fine dining should look in the modern era, Fleur would be up there. Luxury and finesse abound, but never stuffy or serious.
531 Wellington Street
Western Australia 6000
Wed – Fri: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Sat: 12:00pm to 10:30pm