My wife and I are having a staycation in Perth and we're wanting to try out some not so well known restaurants and cafes whilst staying in the city. We found this little hole in the wall on hay street and decided to give it a go.
Now when you walk in it may seem like you have just walked in to a dark and worrying place but it is far from that. The service team were quick to seat us and were lovely in explaining to us exactly how their menu worked. Being a tapas style restaurant it helped as we weren't exactly sure on whether or not to go with a set menu or choose from the a la carte side of the menu.
After careful perusing of the menu we decided to steer away from the set menus of $92 (to share between 2) or $65 (for 1) and go with the a la carte menu. We were so happy we chose this way as it gave us a greater selection from the menu compared to the previous selected sets.
We chose the red opium shooters (oyster shooters with chilli and herb sauce), arancini balls (cheese filled balls with a green curry sauce), satay chicken tortillas (satay chicken in a tortilla with vegetables, chilli and peanuts), charcoal squid (squid cooked over charcoals giving it a rich flavour) and charcoal cooked chicken skewers (chicken skewers cooked over charcoals with nuts and chilli).
These dishes came out extremely quickly after we ordered and with a big smile on the face of the waitress. We were very pleased with all the meals.
If I can make one suggestion to everyone, if you like spices please disregard, every dish we had came with chilli. They were big enough that you could pick them out but it was still spicy. I didn't have a problem as I loved it but just in case make sure you have some water on stand by.
In conclusion I would like to say we had a great experience at the Red Opium restaurant. Service was amazing and food was exquisite too. I would highly recommend anyone, whether they be from Perth or just visiting to try this hole in the wall out.
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