THIS month Dan and I ventured to Maurizio di Ciano’s new restaurant No Menu in Highgate.
For many years Maurizio ran a successful restaurant in North Perth next door to the Italian Club. After closing last September, he decided to start afresh in Beaufort Street with this modern eatery which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
No Menu’s concept is that the menu is determined by what fresh produce is available on a daily basis.
We ventured there on a Saturday morning where they also have a small market in the alley down the side of the restaurant offering a selection of Italian goods.
Maurizio came to the table and introduced himself, then explained how the concept for the restaurant works and what was on the (non- menu). He is a vibrant character and his personality adds an extra charm to the whole dining experience.
Dan chose Eggs Purgatory ($18.50) and I went for the Eggs Romany ($18.50).
Dan also ordered a cappuccino ($4) which came with a selection of homemade biscuits which were delicious (we shared these) and it was a perfect start to the morning.
Our toast arrived, a little too early, as our main dishes took another ten minutes to come to the table, but it was worth the wait.
Dan’s Eggs Purgatory came with three poached eggs served in a rich tomato and vegetable sauce and he said had an amazing flavour. My Eggs Romany consisted of three poached eggs on mushrooms with truffle oil and asparagus with a side of mustard.
We both agreed that we have never had poached eggs that were so light, fluffy and melted in your mouth as these. The truffle oil and mushrooms in my dish were rich and with the added creaminess of the egg it really was a perfect brunch dish.
Dan said his sauce was rich and delicious and complemented the eggs perfectly. Both servings were excellent value for money as the toast was included in the price.
Overall, we give No Menu four spoons for tasty food, value for money and friendly service, albeit a little slow.
To view the daily menu visit www.today.nomenu.net.au
448 Beaufort Street, Highgate, WA 6003.
Phone 0435 805 301,
Open Wed-Fri 12pm-till late, Sat-Sun 9am-till late