Interacting with restaurants is one of the best parts of organising a Dine for Life event. Their dedication to improving Perth’s dining scene and giving back to the wider community is downright infectious. And boy, do their offices smell delicious!
So when it came time to lay down the plans for the 2012 dinner (happening 28 November), one of our first calls was to a restaurant that never ceases to inspire us: 1907 Restaurant.
This fine dining restaurant’s classic style and elegance carries over into every aspect of the restaurant experience. The service, headed by restaurant manager Harold Faizal, is refined, attentive and top class. The menu, with a strong emphasis on fresh, seasonal, quality ingredients is creative, international and delivered to perfection.
Driving the kitchen is Indian-born head chef Alan Desouza, who came to 1907 after a successful international career spent in 5-Star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, including Gordon Ramsay’s much-celebrated Maze Restaurant in London.
The hard work has paid off. 1907 Restaurant was recently awarded a ‘star’ in the 2012 West Australian Good Food Guide and earlier this year won Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2012 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. The foodie blogosphere has gone wild for the restaurant’s state-of-the-art cheese trolley and cocktail-making courses.
This is 1907’s third Dine for Life dinner and Harold Faizal told us how thrilled he and the 1907 team is to participate.
“It is always good to give something back to the community; not just nationally but also internationally,” said Faizal. “Events like these bring restaurateurs, chefs and the industry as a whole back down to earth.”
As in previous years, Dine for Life diners will be treated to a WA-inspired seasonal menu, showing off the best of what the restaurant’s Toodyay farm, local producers, and chef Alan Desouza has to offer.
“This year our chef Desouza will be debuting some new dishes, incorporating new cooking techniques on the evening of Dine for Life. We are very excited to unveil these and get feedback from the diners,” Faizal told us.
Judging from past Dine for Life dinners, 1907 can expect the feedback to be very good indeed.