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.
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!
It was a sunny, blue sky winters day a few weeks ago and with a lunch date with my mum on the cards, we were hanging out to head back to Green Door Wines in Ferguson Valley after a successful birthday lunch earlier in the year. The Ferguson Valley is a charming wine region 20 minutes east of Bunbury and aside from being in my parents back yard it is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s much much smaller than the likes of Margaret River and because of its size it has a lovely warm, community feel to it without all the tourist hype. There is a handful of fantastic wineries, a couple of breweries and restaurants and lots of pretty scenery, especially at this time of year when everything is green and lush.
I love food and I love it when people who love food run a cafe or restaurant inspired by that love and passion for food. So when I’m visiting my family in Dardanup (just out of Bunbury) and wanting to go out for lunch, The Berry Delightful in Donnybrook is always top of my list. We have gotten to know Marc and Sarah over the years and can never go past their amazing food, warm hospitality and stunning gardens.
There’s been a lot of change in Bunbury in recent times, which is not only great for visiting tourists but also for locals in this lovely coastal town, bringing more opportunities for a nice night out. Sala Wine Lounge, from the talented Jason Casella and team, delivers, with an intimate wine bar that is cosy and inviting.
I love coming back to visit Bunbury, the place where I grew up, mostly because this is the place where my family and childhood friends are, not because I necessarily loved Bunbury. However in recent years Bunbury has definitely been upping it’s game, fuelled by passionate people bringing life into the town with street art, community events, food and music festivals, and a growing collection of new bars, cafes and restaurants putting this town on the map.