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.
Ever sat at your desk, staring out the window, dreaming about what you’ll have for lunch, I know I have, and for us city workers, when Tiisch opened a couple of weeks ago it gave us a place to take that day dream. Tiisch is on the corner of Hay and Milligan in a beautiful heritage building that has been brought back to life, high ceilings, breezy colours, natural light and lots of greenery, this is your lunching oasis in the city.
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.
It had been a few years since I’d dined at Greenhouse Perth and with all the new venues opening in the city it wasn’t my first choice for dinner this particular evening, however we ended up there and I was keen to give it another go. On first glance at the small menu I was a bit worried that there wasn’t much to choose from. The menu wasn’t what I remembered it to be all those years ago, and apart from burgers and salads there was only a small ‘to share’ section.
The following day, last day of Taste and new tasting buddy in tow, we headed down to join the forming queue before the doors opened. This time I was on a mission to fit in as much as possible, so as soon as we were in my first port of call was to register for a session at the Taste of Beef and Lamb and sign up for a wine tasting experience (or two as it ended up).The other good thing about going on the Sunday is the extra hour!
My first Taste of Perth experience and I loved it! It’s definitely on the pricey end of the food and wine festivals but in my opinion, with the variety of food, wine, produce, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting experiences and top Perth restaurants dishing out their wares, this is one of the best.
The Globe opened back in January in the vibrant 140 precinct in the city and although I got to sample some of their bar food with a drink before a Fringe show in February, I was hanging out to go back for dinner in the Eatery. The Globe comprises of a Bar, Lane and Eatery in a beautiful building that was built in the 1880s during the gold rush and has certainly had a few different lives since then.
With all the hype surrounding the opening of The Reveley at Elizabeth Quay, joint venture between The Stables Bar and Brockwell Hotel Group (Rosie O’Grady’s, The Boheme and The Globe Bar and Eatery), expectations were high when some friends and I went for dinner on Friday night, however I was prepared for some teething problems being their second night of service.