Miss Mi: Melbourne favourite opens new Perth restaurant with acclaimed chef Alex De Leon at helm

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With an acclaimed chef at the helm and an epic Asia-meets-Australia menu, Perth’s newest restaurant promises to give diners a taste of the exotic in the heart of the CBD.

Scheduled to open to the public on February 3, Miss Mi is the first Western Australian outpost of the acclaimed Melbourne eatery of the same name.

PerthNow this week got an exclusive first look at the venue, which is part of the Novotel Perth Murray Street hotel and offers a menu curated by Fillipino-born chef Alex De Leon.

De Leon, who has previously cooked at Perth favorites Apple Daily, Low Key Chow House and Dainty Dowager, says he wants to combine modern and traditional Asian techniques and ingredients, with a strong focus on WA produce and sustainability.

“Showcasing Asia’s unique ingredients, dishes and complex flavors is at the heart of the Miss Mi philosophy,” he says.

“We want to evoke memories of your travels to Asia.

“We make all our sauces, spices, curries and sambals in-house. We combine them with the best produce from local suppliers to bring these bold, vibrant dishes to Perth diners.

Camera iconThe interior of the restaurant. Credit: Matt Jelonek

With influences from Borneo to Bangkok, the menu ranges from street snacks to main dishes prepared with the traditional art of the Asian grill.

Among the offerings are grilled octopus with cucumber, mint and lassi; lamb shoulder rendang; and Szechuan-glazed lamb ribs with pickled red cabbage and garlic crumb served on smoking paperbark.

Grilled octopus with cucumber.
Camera iconGrilled octopus with cucumber. Credit: Matt Jelonek

The cocktail list is designed to evoke exotic vacations, while drinkers can also sample a bespoke Asian-Australian style gin created by Miss Mi in partnership with Perth’s Wandering Distillery.

Designed by local firm The Scanlan Architects and Singapore-based Kreat Studio, the venue itself features dramatic dark wood finishes and Asian-inspired decorative tiles, while renowned local artist Drew Straker’s large-scale neon exterior mural was inspired by both a traditional Chinese streetscape and the native flora and fauna of WA.

The cocktail list is designed to evoke memories of exotic vacations.
Camera iconThe cocktail list is designed to evoke memories of exotic vacations. Credit: Matt Jelonek

Miss Mi is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner and Thursday and Friday for lunch.

Acclaimed chef Alex De Leon has previously worked at Apple Daily, Low Key Chow House, and Dainty Dowager.
Camera iconAcclaimed chef Alex De Leon has previously worked at Apple Daily, Low Key Chow House, and Dainty Dowager. Credit: Matt Jelonek
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