The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen, Perth

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The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen is located in the Wesley Quarter, right alongside retail shops such as Giorgio Armani, Karen Millen, Metallicus etc. I remembered visiting this place a couple of times when it used to be the Quarter Restaurant. I’d only found out recently that there was a change in ownership when my BFF had dinner there one night and told me about it. The name The Painted Bird got stuck in my head as it is such a unique name!

It turned out that the people behind the Painted Bird are formerly of ecucina Restaurant, Chef Ben Toye (also of Darlington Estate Winery and Matilda Bay Restaurant) and Kat Milton, specialising in the delivery of contemporary selection of Modern Australian food with a “European accent”. Painted Bird is named after Chef Ben’s signature dish of duck leg confit, ‘painted’ with mustard and orange, and wrapped in puff pastry.  Too bad I didn’t get to try this tonight! Must keep it in mind for the next time!

I like the ambiance of the restaurant, very warm and inviting. It was quite empty when we arrived but became busier later in the night.

The Painted Bird Inside the Painted Bird

On this occasion I was dining here with my sister to sample the Eat Drink Perth (EDP) special offered by the Painted Bird found in the EDP passport throughout the month of April. The special consist of a main of Slow cooked Margaret River Skirt Steak, Grilled Tiger Prawns & a Vietnamese style salad PLUS a glass of Whicher Ridge 2009 Viognier all for $34. Thanks to the City of Perth for sponsoring our mains! A benefit for being one of the official blogger for the Eat Drink Perth Festival this year! 🙂

The Painted Bird Eat Drink Perth Special

We were offered an Amuse Bouche of polenta with tender beef and corn salsa to start. I liked the crunchy and tasty batter encompassing the fatty beef. Great appetizer! It also made me hungrier longing for my mains!

Amuse Bouche of polenta, beef and corn salsa

Next came my Eat Drink Perth special…the glass of Whicher Ridge Viognier – it was crisp and intensive in flavor!

Whicher Ridge Viognier

and my main of Slow Cooked Margaret River Skirt Steak, Grilled Tiger Prawns and Vietnamese Style Salad.

Main of Margaret River Steak with Tiger Prawns and Vietnamese salad Main of Margaret River Steak with Tiger Prawns and Vietnamese salad

I loved this dish! Tender and melted in the mouth steak pieces seated on top of some flavorsome juicy king prawns. The steak had apparently been slow-cooked for 48 hours! No wonder they were so succulent! What I liked the most was the Vietnamese salad, crisp and fresh with a sourish taste and crunchy nuts scattered throughout. Nice fusion of flavors!

My sister decided to go with the Homemade Squid Ink Linguine, spanner crab, local squid, garlic, chilli, parsley & pangrattato ($34) as her mains. She thought the dish was too hot (she can’t take hot food) and was very filling. There were generous amount of squid in the dish.

Squid Ink Linguine with crab and squid

We couldn’t leave without checking the dessert menu and ended up ordering the Chai Tea Creme Brulee, Mascarpone Kulfi, Lemon Doughnuts ($15) and the Chocolate and Salted Caramel Delice, Orange Gel, Malt Ice Cream, Peanut Praline ($15) to share between us.

Chai Tea Creme Brulee

The Chai Tea Creme Brulee was very different to what we were used to, with very prominent Indian spices dominating the dessert. It was not to my liking.

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Delice with Malt icre-cream

The Chocolate & Salted Caramel Delice with Malt Ice-cream tasted so much better! Even though I could not taste the salted caramel in the mousse,the strong chocolate flavor made up for it! 🙂 I especially like the peanut praline that came with it. I love all things nutty!

Service was good at the Painted Bird, the waitstaff were attentive and friendly. We were offered complimentary Mini Churros with Chocolate Dipping just as we were about to leave, filling my stomach to the brim! It was an enjoyable dinner! 🙂

Mini Churros with chocolate dipping

For the month of April 2014 and as part of the Eat Drink Perth festival, the Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen Public House is offering a special of Slow Cooked Margaret River Skirt Steak, Grilled Tiger Prawns and Vietnamese Style Salad with a glass of Whicher Ridge 2009 Viognier for $34. A great deal! 
The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen on Urbanspoon
Narration by Miss L





  • joseph carter

    April 23, 2014

    award out of 5 please?
    ive seen a couple bad reviews on their urbanspoon and a friend wasn’t impressed either with the food so im keen to here your opinion as I was looking to go there before I read less than favourable reviews.

    • Miss L

      April 24, 2014

      Hi Joseph! I will award it 3.5 out of 5. My friend went before and thought the food was on the salty side. I liked the steak from my visit though so no complains there. Do let me know if you end up going whether it’s yay or nay for you!


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