A Fromage Lover’s Guide To Perth’s Best Cheese Experiences
Perth's love affair with cheese is going strong, with a new fromage-focused bar, raclette nights, and speciality cheese retailers.
It is near impossible to name something better than indulging in a good cheese. Lately, it seems Perth has gone head over heels for cheese in all its shapes and forms, and there is no shortage of amazing experiences catering to that demand. Here are the best places to indulge in Perth.
The best cheese specialist
Opening just five weeks ago, Perth’s first dedicated cheese venue is one part quirky underground bar and one part fromagerie.
Fromage Artisans’ owners Michael Taylor and Danicia Quinlan set up shop in the old WA Club on St Georges Terrace, after receiving an unprecedented response to their inaugural Fromage Festival last year.
Local favourites at the fromagerie include Cambray’s Farmhouse Gold and Yallingup Cheese Company’s St Julian, while a French mimolette is Quinlan’s top international pick.
“Locally there are probably 3 or 4 major artisan cheese producers,” Quinlan says.
“[But] we do have a big mix.”
For first time visitors, Quinlan highly recommends the paired cheese flights; showcasing some of the best seasonal cheeses alongside carefully selected wine, bubbles, sherry or whisky. Even pregnant ladies are catered for, with a flight featuring hard, pastuerised cheese and non-alcoholic wine. For a less guided experience, you can opt for a traditional style cheese board with your choice of cheeses, charcuterie and fresh fruits.
A small number of intimate event spaces are reserved for fortnightly masterclasses; as well as a walk in fromagerie where you can take home your favourite cheese by the gram (or kilo if you are so inclined).
The best baked brie
Just across the CBD on the fringe of Northbridge is The Standard, known for its picturesque urban garden and well thought out menu.
To satiate cheese cravings, order the decadent wood baked goat’s brie, drizzled with burnt honey and rosemary, and served with a side of pear and oat wafers. The pot of warm stracciatella, topped with miso buttered mushrooms, herbs and cassava crumbs also fits the bill. Order alongside the charcuterie board and barrel-aged Manhattan for best results.
The best raclette
On the topic of melted cheese, the raclette trend has also reached Perth. A famous winter dish in France and Switzerland, the raclette features melted raclette cheese poured over a base of potatoes and charcuterie. The dish can be found at Woodpeckers in Subiaco, every Sunday at Lot Twenty in Northbridge, and at the French In Town food van at Deep Water Point. If venturing out of the house for raclette is not an option, French In Town have just launched their raclette parties – an at home service that brings the experience to you.
The best cheese retailers
For more at-home, DIY cheese boards and cheese based meals, you can’t look past Perth’s fromageries and delicatessens. Fromage Artisans is your one stop shop for the CBD, but for those further out, the suburbs are also home to some fantastic cheese stores.
Located in Bayswater, The Little Cheese Shop may be small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in selection. As well as a strong range of imported and local cheese, expect locally made rillettes, pates, olives and salamis to accompany your cheese selections, with friendly, personalised service. There are future plans afoot to offer a beer and cheese matching service, customised to each customer’s favourite beer.
In Cottesloe, Boatshed Market’s cheese delicatessen has around 250 cheeses to choose from. Head over on weekends for regular tastings to try before you buy. They also have an incredible wine loft to meander through, and possibly pick up the perfect wine pairing.
Whether you are wanting an intimate gathering at home, or an educational night out at a cosy venue, Perth has really stepped up the game to give well versed and budding cheese lovers some new experiences to try.
Published 15 August, 2017