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“Chef Brannigan rules at Balthazar” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balthazar Bar Restaurant

Balthazar Bar Restaurant
6 The Esplanade, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia (Perth CBD)
+61 8 9421 1206
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Ranked #18 of 1,531 Restaurants in Perth
Cuisines: Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Perth CBD
Description: Bar scene, special occasion dining, entertaining clients
Sydney
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Chef Brannigan rules at Balthazar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Four of us dined at Balthazar on Thursday evening and with only one Perth local in our group the rest of us were blown away by the quality of produce and the respectful ingenuity of chef Scott Branigan. Toffeed crabapples filled with blue cheese, lamb spareribs where the meat fell off the bone, oysters in Pedro Hermanez. The highlight for me had to be the Jamon ham, with amazing crackle and black pudding. Dessert was chocolate fondants all around along with chocolate dipped Jelly tips. This place has it all brilliant wait staff, buckets of ambiance and a head chef who loves what he does and boy does it show !!!!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Greater Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Everything is great about this fantastic restaurant, just go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

There's no need to go on and on about how great this place is, many reviews before tell the story. But I must say a few things: firstly the service it fantastic, all the staff were so welcoming and friendly- we didn't have to wait for anything- they were never intrusive but were always there when needed. The decor is so cosy and romantic with just enough space not to feel cavernous or congested. And the food is so amazing, many options and combinations- we just wanted to keep eating all night. For a place with such heritage in Perth is was great to see such a young and fresh menu, with the luxury treatments you might expect (and more).

Just go, you deserve it.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Quality and commitment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Knowing this place also has a great little bar area, I dropped in with a friend for a drink at 10pm on a Saturday night and was delighted to discover that we could still order some food from the restaurant menu. We had an excellent salmon dish, some oysters, a cheese platter and dessert - not bad given we called in for a drink! On the strength of this I returned with a group of 4 this month for the full dining experience. It was a great night. The food is first class; really imaginative and beautifully put together. We had a mixture of tasting plates and main courses followed by a couple of desserts (despite being already extremely well fed). Every dish was of a very high standard. The room is subdued and intimate but still has a buzz about it which is perfect for the sophisticated but not too formal food. Some of the floor staff were a bit hard to catch (backpackers I believe, charming but a bit vague, like in many Perth restaurants at the moment) but the restaurant manager was excellent and looked after us really well. Highly recommend this place as some of the best food in Perth. Although it's pricey, it is still better value than many of the newer places that have sprung up and there seems to be a genuine commitment to looking after their customers which is refreshing.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great menu, great service and fantastic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The food is amazing and the service is second to none. Recommend trying the pork belly as this was absolutely delicious.

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“A must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My absolute favourite restaurant!
Fantastic service (unusual for Perth), a wine list that reads like a novel, an gorgeous intimate setting, and the food is unbelievable.
Definitely a treat, but a well deserved one. I can not wait to go back!

Visited December 2012
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