Blink and you’ll miss it – Noir is nestled among a clutch of dingy takeaway shops along the Swan Street strip. Step inside and the restaurant lives up to its name, with minimalist design, dim lighting, black painted walls and timber furnishings offset with fresh white lilies perched at the bar counter. The place has a warm and cosy ambience, which makes it very easy to while away the time. As such, it has fast become a local favourite in Richmond.
Head Chef Peter Roddy hails from Ireland, with a few Michelin-star notches on his belt having worked for Gordon Ramsey’s Amaryliss in Glasgow, Michel Roux Jnr’s Le Gavroche in London and a stint in New Zealand.
The premise of Noir is that of modern European cuisine, with a menu designed for sharing. It includes dishes such as Atlantic scallops with cauliflower puree, hazelnuts and slivers of black truffle, and soft pillows of pumpkin and parmesan gnocchi served with peas and pine nuts. Freshly baked bread with olive and rosemary infused oil served on a rustic wooden board and accompanied by a sprinkle of sea salt and softened butter starts off your dining experience. If you prefer an element of surprise, a tasting menu is available at $70 per person and is perfect for group dining.