The Aviary is located in the one40william building in the City of Perth – almost opposite the Japanese restaurant, Iku Sushi and on top of the Perth Underground railway station. It is a stylish two-storey bar/restaurant with the restaurant “The Bird Cage” and the Lounge Bar situated on the first level and a rooftop bar “The Nest” on top.
The Aviary was heavily publicized leading up to its opening and was much talked about even after, making it the place to be for after work drinks, functions, casual bites and formal dining. On this occasion we were there for dinner, so we turned left at the entrance and headed towards The Bird Cage :)
The restaurant decor was not as fancy as I had envisaged but the dimming effect of the lighting made it less obvious. We were seated next to a pillar lined with scanned pages from books. I never quite got the idea of how the bird cage/nest theme has any correlation to books, as the backdrop of the bar is of book shelves as well. How are they related? Really escapes me. I had a peek over the Lounge Bar and it looked nice! Almost wish I was dining there instead!
For drinks, we had the following:
- Elderflower Mojito ($18)
- Puffin out of the Cage ($18)
- The Woodpecker ($18)
- Crab preserved lemon & cherry tomato risotto with seared scallop and roe ($37)
- Roast pork belly, prawn relish, green paw paw and coconut salad ($38)
- Coconut panna cotta, coconut sorbet, chilli pineapple jam & lychee ($14)
- Pecan & maple pie with nougat ice cream ($14)
The mains were amazing! I had the Roast Pork Belly and it tasted divine – tender pork belly, sticky and crunchy skin with the freshness of the green paw paw and coconut salad. The staff recommended the pork belly as it was one of the specialty. Great pick! I tasted the Crab and Scallop Risotto and it was great too especially the melt in the mouth scallops. Happy x 2!
I was quite full at this stage but thought I couldn’t leave without trying the desserts, and it was good that we did. The Coconut Pannacotta was very refreshing flavoured by the chilli pineapple jam and lychee – it was my first time trying this kind of sauce. It was nice and grew on me. The Pecan & Maple pie on the other hand was very sweet and the nougat ice cream added even more to the sweetness. This is really the dish for all the sweet tooths out there! Somehow I managed to finish it and had a big sugar rush! Hehe
Overall it was an enjoyable dinner with great and friendly service. I love the recommendations by the staff! I’m glad I decided to try this place out even though I’d heard average reviews from friends. Would be back again!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 9226 0259
Address: 140 William Street, Perth
On the other hand, I went to “The Nest” – Rooftop Bar two weekends ago and didn’t quite like it. The atmosphere was good, there was a huge crowd, but drinks were costly – the Espresso Martini I ordered was $22! Bar staff was being a smart alec. And they do not accept credit card!!?? I ran out of cash after buying one round of drinks! Not very convenient at all! The bad definitely outweighted the good!