Hello all…this is my first post, so please be kind ^^
I’d been wanting to try this place for a while, ever since I heard some of my colleagues raving about it. So after a particularly painful day at work left me in need of some serious calorie therapy, I checked it out with one of my dinner buddies.
The atmosphere at Star Anise is subdued and refined. The clientele consists of regulars, many in suits. Music plays in the background, ambient but never overpowering.
After perusing the menu we opted to go straight for the mains to ensure we had room for dessert. ^^ The mod-oz menu is concise but complex in flavour, with about five or six entrée options and a similar number of mains, which vary according to seasonal produce. There were no vegetarian options provided, however one seafood option was available. Although we didn’t indulge that night, the wine menu is extensive, with something to suit nearly everyone’s palate.
I chose the Angus beef fillet with berlotti beans, peas and truffle infusion. This was cooked medium rare and succulent all the way through. Although it was very good, with a price tag of nearly $50, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t wagyu (but this isn’t a fault in any way, just me being difficult…) My friend chose the dorper rack of lamb with harissa spiced pumpkin. This was tender and perfectly pink in the middle, with the sweetness of caramelised pumpkin providing contrast to the savoury lamb.
Desserts are the clear winner here. The cheese menu is well-rounded, with a range of soft and firm cheeses from Italy, France and Spain. We opted for the passionfruit soufflé with passionfruit marscapone parfait and the dulce de leche wafers, with valrhona and white chocolate mousse. The soufflé was absolutely glorious – warm fluffy soufflé perched atop cold creamy parfait, separated by a layer of sweet gingery biscuit.
Served alongside a small banana thickshake, the dulce de leche wafers comprised valrhona and white chocolate mousse sandwiched between paper thin wafers. It was thankfully light, after the richness of the soufflé, but difficult to eat neatly! The only thing I could find fault with is that the thickshake was quite artificially flavoured. There were some other intriguing sounding desserts, including the ‘three things from a mandarin’.
Service is the aspect that can make or break a fine dining experience. Here, it was pleasant, attentive and informed, without being intrusive. Although it was a busy evening, we never felt ignored, or rushed to finish our meal.
This would be a good choice of venue both for impressing business clients, or sharing a relaxed evening with friends. I think it’s definitely worth a return visit.
Star Anise (fully licenced)
225 Onslow Rd
Shenton Park 6008 WA
Phone: (08) 9381 9811