The Village Bar {See Subiaco}


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Subiaco is full of hidden gems that are frequented by locals who I’m sure would like to keep their haunts under wraps. One of these local “secrets” is The Village Bar, which is owned by the same people as the fabulous Little Way in Nedlands. It doesn’t look very big from the outside, but it’s a bit of a tardis, with plenty of room inside.img_0697

The Village Bar, the third venue on our cocktails and canapés tour of Subi, has a pub feel and the menu has a lot of pub favourites on it. We enjoyed some classic share platters, Moroccan crumbed squid rings served with hot sauce, a prosciutto board brimming with cheese, salami, olives, fetta, bread and more, My favourite morsel was the crisp pumpkin and saffron arancini.img_0694

To wash down all of the tasty food we were treated to a couple of their cocktails. First up was their gin and tonic with a twist.. this G&T had an added kick of fresh chilli! It was an interesting take on the classic drink. We also tried a delicious wine based cocktail that has been made especially for the UnWined 2016 after party.img_0691

The Village Bar has good vibes and is a great spot for a casual meal and drinkies with a group of friends. Check out their website for food specials, quiz nights and more.img_0688


**I enjoyed The Village Bar as a guest of the City of Subiaco/See Subiaco **

Double Double {See Subiaco}


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There’s small bars and then there’s tiny bars – like Double Double. Being so little just adds to it’s cosiness. The space is designed to be as inviting as your own living room, with many comfy sofas that look well worn in. The bar also “doubles” as a coffee spot during the day – hence the name.

Double Double was stop number two on our “Cocktail and Canapé” tour of Subiaco, hosted by See Subiaco and Food Writer Max Veenhuyzen. It’s found on Hay Street, just a minutes walk from the Regal Theatre.

One of their signature cocktails is the “Subiaco Sling”, made from dark rum, sloe gin, almond and citrus. Somehow along the way I’d got into my head that I wasn’t a dark rum girl. Well, I’ve been totally missing out! While it’s not as famous as the Singapore Sling – it was just as delicious.img_0684

We chowed down on some banh mi from “Baguette Me Not” (man I love a pun!). Baguette Me Not is found in the Colonnade shopping mall on Hay Street. This was a real treat as I’d never really had this Vietnamese style sandwich before. Each little roll was brimming with pickles, fresh coriander, chilli and tasty meats too, with a side of spicy sauce.img_0681

And why were we eating take away in a bar? Double Double lets you BYO Food. Whatever your fast food of choice, you’re welcome to bring it along to enjoy with a drink at the bar. What a great idea! Next time you’re in Subi, be sure to check out Double Double – day or night!img_0686


**I enjoyed Double Double as a guest of the City of Subiaco/See Subiaco **

Refuge Bar {See Subiaco}


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I was SO EXCITED to be a guest of the City of Subiaco, joining fellow food bloggers on a cocktail and canapé tour of Subi. I really had to contain my inner fan girl, as the tour was hosted by Max Veenhuyzen, a food writer extraordinaire who I have long admired. Max writes for Broadsheet, Qantas, STM and Australian Gourmet Traveller no less. Max is a fountain of Perth hospitality knowledge, tit bits and foodie facts. Ok, I’ll stop gushing now…

We kicked off the tour at a new small bar at Subiaco Square, opposite the train station. Refuge is a beer lovers haven. If you’re a fan of the beer range at Petition Beer Corner or Baby Mammoth – you must pull up a stool at the bar of Refuge. They seriously know their stuff.img_0654

Admittedly, I’m not much of a beer lover, but I was pleasantly surprised by all the local craft beers we tried. On the paddle we had samples of:

  • Cheeky Monkey Brewery (Wilyabrup) – Travellin Monk, Midstrength Amber Ale
  • Boston Brewery (Denmark) – Rauchbier, German style smoked beer
  • Wilson Brewing Company (Albany) – Rough Seas, Australian pale ale
  • Gage Roads (Palmyra) – Little Dove, New world Pale Ale

My pick was the Little Dove, which had tropical aromas. At Refuge, as well as beer, they specialise in charcuterie. A platter of cured meats and pickles complimented the beers. img_0659

Refuge Small Bar is an inviting little space, with booth seating and quirky electrical/industrial inspired artwork. Refuge is also open for coffee, breakfast and lunch. I’d quite like to check out their brunch offerings – the menu looks really tasty.img_0661

Refuge is a good spot for pre-theatre drinks too. We walked up Rokeby Road and made a surprise stop at the historic Regal Theatre, where cabaret Blanc de Blanc was showing. We actually got to get up on the Regal’s stage and hang out with the cast – what an amazing experience!img_0673


As a side note, See Subiaco were so kind to gift me a couple of tickets to Blanc de Blanc and it was an absolute hoot. The risqué cabaret and circus was jaw-droppingly shocking and sexy – in equal measure. I loved every second – though I may not look at maracas in the same light again *wink*.img_0670

Wildflower – Perth CBD


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Wildflower sits proudly in the rooftop of COMO The Treasury Hotel, giving stunning views over Perth’s CBD to St George’s Cathedral, Council House and glimpses of the river. At the helm is Executive Chef, Jed Gerrard. This fine West Australian Chef has worked for Tetsuya Wakuda as well as in Michelin-starred restaurants around Europe.

We are greeted at the fourth floor restaurant’s lift and shown to our table besides the glass wall. The contemporary restaurant is bathed in sunlight as we are essentially sitting in a steel and glass box. The interior has an elegant feel, with warm green and grey tones. We have the option of enjoying a five course tasting menu or dining a la carte.img_0627

Wildflower’s dishes are inspired by the six Noongar seasons. Chef and I are dining during Djilba, which is the season of conception, when native flowers like the lemon myrtle and wattle come into bloom. Sustainable local produce is the star on the “farm to plate” and forager-driven menu.

From their extensive wine list, Wildflower’s Sommelier recommends a wonderfully smooth drop from the Barossa, the Kalleske ‘Moppa’ Shiraz.img_0591

We begin our degustation with beautiful appetisers on a plate adorned with Geraldton Wax flowers, bark and a Banksia nut. I pop a tiny taco-like morsel into my mouth which is filled with cured emu.img_0579

We break a small loaf of house baked bread made with caraway, fennel and wattle seeds. Chef chastises me for spreading the warm bread with overly generous amounts of whipped butter, topped with macadamia shavings – it’s so moreish!img_0582

An exquisitely plated dish of Shark Bay saucer scallops are served with theatre. Before we eat, our waiter spoons a subtle eucalyptus snow onto the side, which creates dramatic icy clouds. The raw scallops are served with sour grass, chunks of green strawberries and a sprinkling of vibrant red strawberry dust– giving it layers of sweet and sour flavours.img_0583

Delicately flavoured cured Southwest rainbow trout is served with river greens, salted radish, chive and preserved finger lime butter. The perfectly in tune flavours and textures sing on the plate. I notice my fork has a food dried to the handle and ask the waiter for a replacement. He starts to ask me if it was already like that, but thinks better of it. A Michelin inspector may drop a fork on the floor, but I’m not in the habit of tripping up unsuspecting waiters with dirty cutlery. It’s a small blemish on a polished and attentive service from our waiters.img_0587

The dry aged Wagin duck dish is like a West Australian version of duck a l’orange. The tasty duck with orange is served perfectly pink with tart quandongs preserved in vinegar.img_0589

Another impressive dish is the moist dorper lamb, which melts in my mouth. It’s topped with a blackened Cipollini onion, broad beans and thinly sliced turnips that are preserved in peppermint tree vinegar. A dollop of creamy set sheep’s milk is on the side.img_0599

A palette cleanser of mint oil, rhubarb gel, fresh baby peas and snow pea ice is far more interesting than a traditional scoop of sorbet. We enjoy it, though the tart rhubarb overpowers the other flavours.img_0602

For dessert, local chocolatiers Bahen & Co provide the base for a scrumptious chocolate mousse. Salt from Lake Deborah is used in the sweet salted caramel.img_0607

We finish our delicious degustation with a couple of pretty petit fours, a whisky jelly and chocolate truffle.img_0625

Wildflower is a wonderful celebration of West Australian produce. It’s a perfect spot for a special occasion or wining and dining interstate and overseas guests, giving them a true Western Australian experience. It’s Wildflower season all year round in the city!img_0585

 At a glance


1 Cathedral Ave


Phone 08 6168 7780

Opening times

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday 6pm till late


food 5

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

style Modern Australian fine dining

wine An extensive wine list with

an impressive selection of reserves.

Some good drops available by the glass.

Chef Jed Gerrard

Owner – COMO Group

feel modern elegance

wheelchair access yes


Entrée $32 – $35

Main $36 – $49

Desert $22 – $29

5 Course Tasting Menu – $145pp

all in all A stunning restaurant

with true West Australian flair. Menu

inspired by indigenous seasons, using local

organic produce. An exquisite experience.

The Shore Café – Alkimos

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Driving up Marmion Avenue, north of Butler, Perth’s urban sprawl seems to go on forever. We went for a drive around the new estates, as they have some fantastic playgrounds for Little Chef. We stumbled upon a new café at the Shorehaven Estate, in Alkimos, The Shore Café. The interior is quite cosy, with just 6 tables, but I can see it would be a wonderful place to dine alfresco in warmer weather. The café also has a small bar licence and is open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

The Shore Café sits in the sandy white dunes, much like a mirage. The mural covered eatery is right on the beach front, so has a beaut view of the ocean. We spotted the remains of the rusted Alkimos shipwreck, after which the suburb is named, poking out of the sea. The ship has a very interesting history including murders and buckets of bad luck – some say that it is haunted.img_0556

For lunch, Chef chose the Shore burger, $24. A thick and juicy beef Pattie is absolutely covered with melted cheese. The burger, which has to be held together by a knife, is brimming with bacon, beetroot relish, onion jam, aioli, lettuce, tomato and salad. There’s a side of chunky chips on the side.img_0546

I chose something a little more brunch-y. The wild mushrooms, $22. The mushrooms on toast/eggs benny hybrid hit the spot. Different varieties of mushrooms, along with wilted spinach sit on buttered toast. That’s all topped with a couple of perfectly runny poached eggs and creamy hollandaise, finished with truffle oil and shavings of pecorino cheese. I could definitely taste the truffle oil and its use was spot on. A few more drops and it would have been overpowering.img_0551

Little Chef chose a ham and pineapple pizza from the chiller cabinet, which he gave the thumbs up. The Shore Café has a good kids menu which includes “make your own tacos”. There’s a climbing frame next to the café for the kids to play on and loads of grassed areas.img_0544

With thousands of new homes in this area, inevitably there are thousands of residents, though so far the locals don’t have many dining options, other than taking a drive to Mindarie or Yanchep. Thankfully for them, the Shore Café is a little oasis in the outer northern suburbs. We’d definitely return if we’re ever out that way again.

North Beach Deli – North Beach


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It was Chef’s birthday and since we had a gift voucher for newbie North Beach Deli, it was a no-brainer to go out and give him a night off cooking! I booked us in for dinner at the former Soda Café. The dining spot on West Coast Highway has recently had a refurb. It had been some years since we’d last had dinner there and we were wowed by it’s makeover and cool coastal vibe.img_0212

We opted for an early dinner at NBD, to ensure that we got to enjoy a little of the ocean view, before it got dark. The dining room is now light and bright, with splashes of blues and greens throughout – perfect for enjoying the sunset with a Mojito in hand.img_0194

Chef chose the beef fillet, $38, for his birthday meal. He enjoyed the perfectly medium rare black angus beef fillet, with potato fondant, brocollini and a creamy béarnaise sauce.img_0203

I really struggled to choose between the tastebud tempting duck pie and pork belly dishes. The waitress assured me they would be both good choices and I decided to be a little different and ordered the pie. Boy was I pleased! The duck confit and porcini pie, $36, sat in a pea & jamon floater and topped with crisp jullienne Jerusalem artichoke. The filo pastry was light and the pie was absolutely brimming with generous chunks of tender duck. It was deliciously different and perfect for this never ending Perth winter. img_0208

Little Chef got his chops around a huge kids cheeseburger and chunky chips.img_0201

Our 7 year old has serious hollow legs at the moment, he must be having a growth spurt. He was still hungry, so Little Chef and I shared the fluffy lemon delicious pudding, $14, with a scoop of ginger ice-cream and crisp almond wafer.img_0221

Chef chose the crème Brule, $14, with caramelised pear and delicious honeyed ice cream.img_0222

North Beach Deli is well worth a visit. I’ve also been down there mid-morning for a coffee and it is absolutely brimming with brunchers! It’s sister venue – Soda Sunlounge is currently receiving a makeover too, so we’re looking forward to seeing that transformation just in time for summer.  img_0218

For more info on North Beach Deli check out their website.

Disclaimer – I received a gift voucher from NBD in exchange for some marketing work. This went towards part of our bill, of which we paid the balance ourselves.

Gordon St Garage – West Perth


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Tucked down a West Perth side street is an old auto garage, repurposed as a bustling “breakfast till late” canteen. I met Nays at Gordon St Garage for some drinks and nibbles after work, before a spot of shopping at Harbour Town… sorry – Water Town. I’ll never get used to that!img_1275

We were greeted and taken to our seats, which remind me of old bus seats. The décor is up-cycled and funky. The huge vaulted ceilings give the eatery a grand warehouse feel and it has much the same vibe as another favourite of mine, Freo’s Bread in Common.img_1284

It’s been too long in-between drinks for Gordon St Garage and I. I last visited over two years ago and didn’t intend on leaving it so long. It’s a reflection on Perth’s ever expending hospitality scene. Too many places – not enough meals in the day! Nays and I had a few cheeky Friday afternoon drinks at GSG. I love their Mojitos.img_0228

The menu lends easily to share and share we did. First up, we ordered the Bread in Common bread. The fresh bread is perfect for spreading lashings of the scrumptious eggplant and golden beet dips on. We even ordered extra bread – we couldn’t possibly leave any of the tasty dips.img_0227

The gnocchi dish with tomato, capsicum, basil and pecorino was so simple and pretty darn good too! img_0229

Like my first trip to GSG, we really enjoyed the food and laid back atmosphere. I’d still love to return for something a little more brunch-y and to try out their raved about coffee. Hopefully I won’t leave it so long next time.img_1287