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.
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.