Light Dinner in the Shadows - Northbridge

Okay, so the title is totally misleading, it was not a light dinner so much as a feast. Miss. C and I planned this dinner four weeks in advance, so when the day arrived I just couldn't wait to finish work and head straight to the Shadow Bar. I haven't seen the Shadow Bar before and I missed it twice until I noticed the subtle sign outside the door. The vibe of the the Shadow Bar was very sophisticated and I instantly felt underdressed! But, all was forgotten once we were seated. It turns out Miss. C have been here before, so tonight she was our menu expert!

Cheese Puff with Honey ($4 each)
Yellowfin Tuna ($6 each)
Sticky Pork Cheek & Radicchio Crostini ($7 each)
Potato crisp, crab, lemon aioli ($7 each)
Pan Fried Haloumi, black sesame, honey ($10)

For entree we ordered all of the above small plates. I personally tried the cheese puff, crab crisp and haloumi and I loved them all. Each one was flavourful, I just wished they were bigger! My personal favourite was the crab crisp, and loved how thin the crisp, adding just a touch of crunchiness.

Gnocchi ($28)

For mains, I finally chose the gnocchi after tossing up between the duck and spaghettini. It was personally recommended by our waitress, so I had high hopes for this dish. When it finally came, I was not disappointed. The gnocchi was crispy yet pillowy, the flavours were light and not overpowering. The dish was a little too oily, but other than that I loved the flavours, textures and aromas.

Fish of the Day ($MP)
Shark Bay Crab Spaghettini ($33)

Miss. C ended up ordering the spaghettini and I ended up tasting some! Miss. C's partner ordered the fish of the day, which he said was lovely, but there was not enough of it on the dish. The spaghettini, on the other hand, was a big hit at our table. Again, the flavours were refined and subtle, there was just enough of it. The texture of the spaghettini was superb and it was cooked perfectly.

Crispy Potatoes, Salsa Verde ($10)

The side dish which deserves a special mention is the crispy potatoes. They looked crispy and they were crispy! We loved how they left the skin on the potatoes and we loved picking at this dish so much we didn't let the waitress take the dish away until it we had finished inhaling all the crumbs.

Strawberry Jelly ($15)
Pear Tartine ($15)

Even after all the entree and mains we had, we couldn't resist ordering desserts, first we agreed on trying only one, but after looking at the menu we couldn't settle on one. So, we ordered two, the Strawberry Jelly and the Pear Tartine. The strawberry jelly looked super cute in the serving glass with the layers and colours. It tasted even better than it looked. It's important to dig straight down the glass to capture all the elements! The pear tartine did not look very cute, but the flavours blew us away. The pastry was very light and crispy, the poached pear was perfect and the vanilla ice cream was smooth and creamy. It was pear heaven in every spoonful!

The month wait to catch up with Miss. C and check out the Shadow Bar was certainly worth the wait, the food was amazing and the company was even better. If you have a sweet tooth like us, I would recommend prioritising the dessert over the entree! You do not want to miss out on those amazing desserts.

Ratings: /10
Food: 7
Value: 6.5
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 8
Overall: 7.4/10

Restaurant Information

Shadow Wine Bar
214 William Street
Ph: 6430 4010
Instagram: @shadowwinebar

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Disclaimer: Restaurant information and prices were true and correct on 13th Jan 2016. Prices inclusive of 10% GST.

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