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.
Head Chef Peter Roddy hails from Ireland and has a few Michelin star-shaped notches on his belt; having worked for Gordon Ramsey’s Amaryliss in Glasgow, Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche in London and a stint in New Zealand.
Noir provides modern European cuisine. The menu includes dishes such as seared fillet and confit belly of Atlantic salmon with Jerusalem artichokes and truffled gnocchi; crayfish tortellini with roquette puree, broad beans, capsicum and chilli; and salted toffee cheesecake with white chocolate mousse and almond florentine. 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 with or without matching wine and is perfect for group dining.
If you're in the mood for something a little more casual, Noir's sister bar, Swan Street Social, next door and up the stairs is a nice alternative with the same great food.