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.
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.
One of my favourite new drinking destinations in Perth would have to be Halford Bar. Located down a flight of stairs in a back corner room of the beautifully restored State Buildings, this classy but fun new bar has its home in what used to be the basement Safe Room of the 1897 Titles Building. I dare say it looks a whole lot different to what it would have done in 1897.
Stepping into this quaint small bar in Maylands was like being transported to a charming bar in Paris, very European in style and brimming with warmth and energy. Swallow Bar in Maylands had been on my list for a while and I wish I had visited sooner.
To be honest, I hadn’t heard that much about the relatively new Cork and Bottle in Bassendean but when it came to planning a long overdue catch up with a good friend and she suggested we check it out I was looking forward to it. These days I mostly find myself out and about in the city due to the close proximity of work and home but I really love venturing out and trying small neighbourhood bars and restaurants because they just keep getting better and better. The Cork and Bottle is no exception and comes with oodles of charm.
After a few enjoyable visits, The Standard in Northbridge often comes to mind when I’m asked for suggestions in the CBD/Northbridge area, somewhere cool but casual with yummy share style food. On this particular mid week evening, with a group of girls and a few glasses of wine, it certainly ticked lots of boxes.
When one of your favourite wineries teams up with a restaurant you love for a wine dinner, you know you just have to go, but when you can’t find someone to go with (unbelievable I know) and the restaurant owner talks you into coming on your own, you know, in a way, you’re taking a risk.
When I think of a small bar in Perth that is cosy, intimate and perfect for a date night, The Cabin in Mt Hawthorn definitely springs to mind. It feels warm and inviting as soon as you step inside and with the low lighting, exposed brick, wood fire, couches and heated balcony, it’s perfect all year round. The inside space actually looks and feels like someone’s lounge room and the decor would be right at home in a cabin in the woods.