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PINK ZULU | Cottesloe
They’re eating to the beat of a different drum at
the new Pink Zulu in Cottesloe. Zimbabwe-born
(she has been in Australia for more than 20 years)
Doulene Walker’s ambitious venue serves a clever
combination of modern Australian cuisine with
various African influences.
The interior is quite luscious with lolly-pink walls,
black tablecloths, silver candelabra, dark carpet and
upholstered booths that mix it up with a beautiful fire
oven, African artefacts and wall art.
All dishes are designed to share and the extensive
menu features a bit of everything. The tasting plate
features four of the chef’s selections – tempting, but
we chose our own. Ulwandle – scallops served in the
shell – were a standout. They were perfectly seared
and seasoned, served on a round of corn mielie and
polenta and finished with crispy pancetta.
One of my companions declared they’d return just
for the lamb kefta with harissa and minted yoghurt,
$19. Little drumsticks of mince are wrapped around
a cinnamon quill ensuring an exotic mix of flavours.
The onion and cumin didn’t overpower. You can
really get into the African groove by teaming it with a
glass of red from the beautiful Stellenbosch region.
Seven tagine vegetables, $19, comes in a parcel of
flaky, buttery brik pastry. The zucchini, chickpeas and
tomatoes, to name but three, are slow-cooked with
Middle Eastern spices. Once again, it’s excellent.
There are enticing-looking meals served in pots at
the table, as well as various salads and sweet things.
The generous serves of flat bread are crispy and come
with olives, a great chutney and a vegetable archar –
pickled vegetables – which changes regularly.
The wine list reflects the restaurant’s myriad
influences, and there’s a great list of cocktails. At $17
a pop, they’re not cheap but they are innovative.
The only hiccup for us was a roasted beetroot and
orange salad – the beetroot was more boiled than
roasted making it rather bland. A small blip, however,
on a fabulously unusual dining experience. Pink Zulu
is a welcome addition to our ever-evolving dining
scene. Best to book as it’s proving popular.
OPEN Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – late.
6 Napoleon Street, Cottesloe, (08) 9384 7688.
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The tasting plate features
the chef’s selections.
Pink Zulu brings a touch
of exotic Africa to Perth.
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