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Frui Momento: Restaurant review

When it comes to more-is-more cooking, Frui Momento’s tightly composed plates are among the west’s best.


It takes confidence to write a menu with "koshihikari rice, turnip, pumpkin" as one of (just) three main course options. Then again, Seth James isn't a chef short on confidence. Or ideas. So the rice is cooked in a shiitake dashi, the butter-poached pumpkin cut into micronised cubes, and this next-gen pilaf is finished tableside with a fermented vegetable broth for maximum pow. When it comes to more-is-more cooking, Frui Momento's tightly composed plates are among the west's best. "Tagliatelle" dressed in a rockmelon and chicken sauce is, in fact, strips of finely cut cuttlefish while a blood-orange broth is the outré yet inspired match for grilled quail. Bitter chocolate mousse cloaking stewed pears ends things on a high. The ambition of the kitchen is matched by the soigné chalet-inspired dining room, manicured grounds and a heavyweight cellar stacked with global stars and sharp wines from Larry Cherubino, James's business partner.


Frui Momento
3478 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup
(08) 9380 9278
Chef Seth James
Price guide $$
Bookings Recommended
Wheelchair access Yes
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