The Stables Bar is another shiny and new venue in the Perth CBD. As you walk along the west-end of Hay Street, you may almost pass the entrance, which is down a little alleyway. Wander down the cobbled lane, and it suddenly opens out to a large, inviting red-bricked space. The Stables were actually Stables over 100 years ago. It is a stunning venue whether you’re sitting outside in the courtyard or indoors in the two story bar.
We went to the Stables as a group of eight. A catch-up with 3 of my high school besties which was way overdue and it was awesome to also have all their partners along for the night. With such a large group I thought it would be great to get lots of opinions too.
The upstairs dining room was large; the more people that came in, the louder it got. Coupled with the music filtering in from downstairs, it was a bit noisy, but lively and friendly too.
Nicoise salad with hot smoked Atlantic salmon ($26) This hit the spot with the lovely Miss S.
Braised Lamb shoulder, fattoush salad, harrissa yogurt ($29) Absolutely mouth-watering and full of flavour. The lamb was delicious. It was a huge serving. I’d got a side of roast veg too, not knowing what their portions were like, but I needn’t have bothered (though the extra veg was very nice).
Blackwood valley Organinc Beef steak, oxtail & Yorkshire puddings ($29) Chef enjoyed this, the steak was perfectly cooked. He thought that the dish as a whole was a tad dry thought – he could have done with a bit of jus on his puds!
The desserts were very good too. By that time of the evening I’d taken off my bloggers hat and was enjoying chatting so much I forgot to take note of what they all were (whoops!).
There were a few things we all noted about The Stables Bar;
Age group… As a bunch of people in their (very) early 30s I’d like to think we were still young-ish. It’s a bit disheartening when we go out and feel like Nannas, like I have done before in Subiaco! When the average person in the bar has never heard of “Shane and Angel” from Home and Away, because they simply were NOT EVEN BORN then, it makes me feel ancient!! The Stables was a perfect venue for us. Sure there were plenty of younger people younger, but it didn’t seem like they were 18 and fresh out on the razz. I’d say most people were about 25 to late thirties and the great mix of music seemed to match.
Good Value… I’d got so used to paying about $35ish for a main at most CBD restaurants (except for at Jamie’s Italian), that I almost didn’t believe my eyes when I saw the menu prices. All mains were under $30! Which leads me to my next point…
We’ll be back… When you give the customer tasty well-priced food (not sucking the life out of their wallets), they’ll be happy to return. If you leave a little money in their pockets for next time – there WILL be a next time. I know we are all keen to revisit The Stables when the warmer weather is back and we can lunch in their lovely outdoor area or on the balcony.
Tasty, wholesome, purse-friendly food – Giddy Up!