A couple of months ago, I had the best pasta dish I’ve eaten in a long, long time… the best pasta I’ve eaten in Perth. Lofty praise, I know. I don’t make this statement lightly.
It was a special, the pasta of the day, at Lalla Rookh. Shredded roast lamb cooked expertly by a meat lover for the pleasure of meat lovers, with fat left on and lamby juices coating fresh peas and sheets of house-made pasta. The texture of the pasta was phenomenal. I mopped the plate clean with foccacia. Afterwards, I dreamed about it. Dream pasta.
I came back to Lalla Rookh for a lunch date with a friend, and all I could think about was pasta. This time, pappardelle with sugo di carne, meat sauce made with organic beef and free range pork. Nothing beats the texture of fresh, well made pasta.
Don’t let my ravings suggest Lalla Rookh’s just good for pasta. My friend B enjoyed the organic beef carpaccio topped with smoked mushroom crumbs, and the piquant salad of cherry truss and pickled green tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and grated bottarga di muggine (salted, pressed and dried grey mullet roe).
This post is brought to you by the letter P – for pasta and for pannacotta. It tastes as beautiful as it looks. Dream pannacotta.
Next time, I plan to dine with mates who’ll share in ‘Il Capo’ with me – a chef’s selection of 6 share dishes for AU$58 per person. It’s gonna be great!
Lalla Rookh gets its name from a gold mine 50km northwest of Marble Bar, which itself was named after a Kalgoorlie showgirl.
Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House
77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Telephone: (08) 9325 7077