**LATEST UPDATE Aug 12**
Restaurant is permanently closed!
Entertainment Card 09/10: 25% off (up to a value of $45)
(A)lure is a fancy restaurant located in the Burswood Entertainment Complex. It houses a sophisticated bar on one side and a beautiful dining area overlooking the resort pool on the other. Within the dining area, there is also a sushi station where patrons can enjoy fresh sashimis and oysters. It is the winner of the 2008 Gold Plate Award for Seafood Dining and Wine List of the Year – impressive.
There were quite a few of us that night so we opted to wait at the bar for everyone to arrive before moving to the dining area. The bar area I must say is very stylish, with individual suede couches lining the wall, thick carpets, dim overhanging lights and all colour coordinated. They have an extensive wine and cocktail list too so we ordered some drinks while we waited. I had the (A)lure Mocktail which consisted of fresh fruit juices and berry puree. The ingredients sounded simple doesn’t it, not much of a drink but the presentation made all the difference. It looked so pretty when it came out – I think it tasted nicer due to the presentation!
We moved to the dining area on the other side when everyone arrived, which was as beautifully decorated as the bar.
We were greeted by a young and pretty hostess there who I thought looked like a model but my friend thought looked very aggresive and scary. We had a bit of fun trying to figure out which country she was from and I guessed the closest country to her origins! =) The staff that night I thought was lacking in numbers on the floor (maybe coz it was a Sunday night) and their uniforms were not consistent which was strange! (I used to work in a hotel during my uni days so I can’t help but notice things like these everytime I go out to eat!)
For starters, we ordered a few dishes to share:
- Salad of Pemberton marron, soft quail egg, lobster emulsion, cos spears - $23
- Pan fried scallops, pork belly, confit onion, orange, carrot puree – $22
- Chicken parfait, sweet onion, sultana jam, Turkish bread - $18
- Shark Bay crab cake, asparagus, pancetta, crab salad, avocado puree, tartare sauce - $25
I’m beginning to notice that restaurants are now including pork belly as one of their dishes…whereas before I’d only ever seen them serve in chinese restaurants. This dish was quite nice and went well with the scallops. Pork belly is now starting to grow on me – I have tasted quite a few nice ones around recently. The other entrees were all very fusiony in taste – as you can tell from the mixture of ingredients they use to prepare them!
For mains, we had:
- Roasted dhufish, potato and watercress cake, apple, fennel, grain mustard, cider – $48
- Pork chop, crisp pork belly, Brussels sprouts salad, pomegranate, bacon, pistachio - $36
- Red Emperor, Western Australian mussels, panzenella salad, roquette, soft saffron aioli – $38
- Duck breast, proscuitto, butternut squash puree, pear, thyme, sherry relish - $38
- Plate of sushi, sashimi and oyster
The food all came out beautifully presented as can be seen in the pictures. Extra points for effort (but then again, they are a fine dining restaurant in a hotel!). I had the Red Emperor that night which I thought was quite ordinary – it did not leave a lasting impression in my mind. The Dhufish however was a popular dish that night – there were multiple orders of them. One thing to note though was the long time it took for the food to come after the entrees! We waited for ages and got quite impatient as it was getting late! (Not sure whether this happens regularly or is a once off thing?)
I was quite satisfied hunger-wise after the mains, but some of the girls wanted to try the desserts so we orderd a few to share:
- Mango cheesecake, macadamia crust, sun fruit sorbet, mango puree - $16
- Torrone ice cream, toffee centre, white chocolate crust - $15
- Hot chocolate fondant, caramel, creme fraiche ice cream - $16
The hostess informed us that there was a 1/2 hour wait for the hot chocolate fondant and I was thinking what…why does it take so long? Alarming bells were ringing in my head as it was quite late by then and I still have to go home to pack to go to Bridgetown for a week for site work the next day! The desserts better be worth it! The desserts came and looked delicious especially the Mango Cheesecake - it had a substantial crust made with macadamia and the cheese was light with the mango flavouring coming through just right. ++
This is the third time I’d dined in this restaurant – I remembered we were quite excited the first time going there when they first opened and they used to give complimentary bread rolls and olives and a soup palette cleanser..they don’t do this anymore. The times after that were quite ordinary for me including the meal this time. We had a big one get one free deal that night as we used previous year’s Entertainment Card – the discount this year has changed to only 25% off.
Overall, (A)lure is a nice place to go for an occasion but I’ll probably won’t be back there too often. Great ambience though.
Partial photos courtesy of M. Chung
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 9362 7551
Address: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
Take note of the $50 2-course sets that (a)lure now offers!! (as of 14th march 2010). I have no idea how long it’ll last, but go go go! :)
Miss Egg had a treat from Miss Anise one evening, and we had a great time. Here are some photos to prove our gluttony.
I had never been to (a)lure to have dinner before, so this was an excellent experience for me. Loved the steak which was tender and well soaked with the red wine jus. The serving may appear small but they fill you up pretty quick!
The desserts were amazing, and I will definitely be popping by again sometime! :)
eating like a cow,
14th March 2010.