Situated in the new QT Hotel in Perth city Santini Bar and Grill is an Italian bar and restaurant. As the creative food director, Robert Marchetti, was a partner at Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room for more than ten years, North Bondi Italian Food and Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons, I was hotly looking forward to trying out this new restaurant – I was not disappointed. The space was incredible, “sleek luxury with the soul of an Italian trattoria”, according to the QT Group’s creative director and chef, Robert Marchetti. To start we had impeccably aged pecorino cheese which was literally served in big chunks with a dash of fruity olive oil and marjoram, live oysters with lemon and white balsamic vinaigrette, which were, cold, salty and delicious. For mains, we shared the Spaghetti Seaweed with tiny clams that had just popped and were freshly sweet, zucchini blossoms and a delicious broth. We also ate the ‘Berkshire’ black pig pork chop with yellow peppers agrodolce and brown sauce as well as a smashing pea salad with fresh and dried ricotta, basil and mint. I couldn’t fit dessert in but if I were going to I can never go past the good old-fashioned tiramisu. It’s definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in Perth and well worth a visit. Go to www.qthotelsandresorts.com
As much as I enjoy a good documentary I also love to watch a slightly trashy romantic drama. This month I have been bingeing on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Season One on Netflix. I may be a bit behind the times with this series and the books, but after hearing my book club go on about it for so long I felt like I had to join the party. On first glance, a tale about a married British combat nurse who time travels to 1740 Scotland didn’t really sound all that appealing but I was hooked after the first episode. It does help that Jamie the lead male in the series is incredibly handsome, even in a kilt. A word of warning – the last couple of episodes are incredibly graphic, I had to fast forward a few scenes.
Rooftop at QT. Stepping into the tallest rooftop bar in Perth, which is above Perth’s newest hotel QT, made me feel like I was on holiday in Sydney or Melbourne. A sophisticated spot, with an epic view and the cocktails, didn’t disappoint either. I had the Moscow Cool – kaffir lime infused Tito’s vodka, lemon butter, fresh lime and spicy ginger beer. Yum! Go to www.qthotelsandresorts.com
Art Gallery of WA. Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly Series ‘Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders’, which is showing until December. The third Wednesday of every month parents with bubs (one-year-old and under) get together for a mid-week outing – a guided tour of the gallery followed by coffee, cake and conversation. I didn’t join in the tour, as Freddie is over 2 and a half and certainly wouldn’t have had the patience, neither the inclination to be part of it. He did enjoy looking at the ‘horses’ and pointing to Ned Kelly and calling him ‘dad’ though. The Sidney Nolan exhibition was pretty amazing, with many incredible recognisable pieces on display. I would love to have one of these in my house! The guided ArtBubs tour is $15 a ticket, and I would suggest booking online in advance so as not to miss out. Go to www.artgallery.wa.gov.au