When the sun is shining, it’s a blue sky Autumn day, you live in the fabulous South West AND it’s a Sunday, where else would you want to be but sitting outside with food, wine and a vineyard view. On this particular Sunday, Watershed was the destination and despite the slight cool breeze, we picked the sunniest spot on the deck and settled in.
After a lovely scenic drive through lush greenery, vineyards galore and the occasional threat of rain, we were hungry and desperately needed to make a decision on where to eat lunch. I think I will forever find this decision difficult, partly because I’m indecisive but also because I live in an incredible part of the world full of so much deliciousness which I wholeheartedly intend on eating my way through, more than once.
Walking up to the olive green building on Clifton St, the home of the old Louisa’s restaurant, fond memories rushed back of being taken here for dinner on special occasions by my parents as a young teenager. Having sat empty for quite some time it was lovely to be back in this beautiful building, having been given a new lease on life as Platform One Five. Maintaining its charm but with a fresh new look, this new addition to the Bunbury dining scene has created an urban feel with a focus on fresh food and offering something for everyone with a varied menu.
A night out in Busselton meant one thing, I was finally going to experience dinner at Laundry 43. This place had been on my list for quite some time and over the years it had been open I had only heard good things, I just never managed to get there. So, you could say I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to see if it was as good as the hype. Laundry 43 is located in Prince St (number 43) in Busselton and this unassuming building was originally the iconic Busselton Dry-Cleaners, hence the name. Inside, you are transported to a bar and restaurant that exudes a modern and trendy but also quirky and cosy vibe. The venue is dotted with memories of its dry-cleaning past, clothes hanging from the exposed ceiling, the red brick wall and posters reminding you of its history.
After a bit of a surge of new restaurant openings in Bunbury there were still a couple I hadn’t gotten to and after hearing lots of good things about Tokyo Jacks it was high on my list when the next opportunity arose. A dinner out with good friends was the perfect opportunity to stuff my face with gyoza’s!
Pasta. Honey. Wine. A winning combination, all made with love at Barnyard 1978. Barnyard is situated in Yallingup, on the corner of Caves Rd and Canal Rocks Rd and stepping into this beautifully designed, glass walled building, over looking vineyard and beehives, you know you’re in for a good meal. For a winery restaurant located in a prime wine growing region surrounded by plenty of options, Barnyard is a breath of fresh air. While I love a good fancy winery lunch as much as the next person, this place is relaxed and casual (yet classy), friendly and inviting and has a lovely charm about it.
Moving down to Margaret River I was pretty eager to discover any and all of the food experiences the region had to offer but also knowing it may not be quite as exciting or varied, as the hundreds of options in Perth. Finding out about a brewery, showcasing a pop up winery, offering an Indonesian inspired degustation menu with matching wines for $80 a head was exactly what I was hoping for.
A little while ago I headed back to Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House for dinner, not knowing at the time, that this would be my last il Capo experience with head chef Joel Valvasori at the helm. Lalla Rookh is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Perth and their pasta is incredible thanks to Joel channeling his Northern Italian roots and focusing on seasonal produce. The modern Italian menu is full of mouthwatering dishes but the il Capo is the way to go to get the full experience. Letting you sit back and enjoy as six chef selected dishes are placed in front of you, share style. You get to try a mix of menu favourites as well as off menu chef specials.