Basq, Currambine

It was my parents wedding anniversary recently. Usually, I don’t celebrate it with them (I think wedding anniversaries are a couples thing), but today was an EXTRA special day… I had been plotting a surprise!

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One of my sisters (who lives in England) had let me in on her exciting news. She is coming to Perth for a holiday with her kids this December. I’m completely giddy with excitement, particularly as they have never made the big trip to Australia and my parents were going to be over the moon to hear the news! It’s been years since we saw them. So, I’d planned a Skype call after lunch, so my sister could tell them face to face!

Anyway, to our lunch!…

Being a special occasion, we picked Basq in Currambine, one of the best dining spots in our area. The modern European restaurant has a stylishly modern fit out and a buzzing atmosphere. It’s a very light and airy place, with high ceilings and huge open windows.

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Styled as “tapas”, the menu has small share plates, as well as more substantial options for those who don’t like to share their food. The drinks menu at Basq will suit all tastes and there’s always room for a cheeky cocktail or two…

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It was certainly a case of “The Hunger Games” when we tried the new Spanish Style restaurant in Currambine – next to Grand Cinemas. Chef and I were on a double date with his brother (the pastry chef) and his girlfriend, the lovely K. First was a movie and then (though we had stuffed ourselves with popcorn) we went for some drinks and food to share at Basq.

We really enjoyed the ambiance. It’s a very airy place, with huge open window, that
is wonderful on a warm summers night. Basq is the kind of restaurant that you’d usually only find in the inner suburbs of Perth or Fremantle. I liked the rustic vibe and it matched the tapas menu perfectly.

20131218_211104Lemon Pepper & paprika fried squid, parsley & lime $14 Perfectly cooked squid

IMG_20140120_155738Jamon & manchego cheese croquettes, spiced paprika aioli $9 Very tasty – I loved the use of this Spanish cheese, made from sheep’s milk. chef and I fought over the last one!

20131218_211056Chicken Liver pate and toasts $9 This was also tasty, with a smoky aftertaste. Chef noted that the pate was a little overcooked – as it felt grainy in our mouths.

IMG_20140120_155919Coconut panna cotta, black olive caramel & chocolate granita $14 This dessert really intrigued all of us, given the use of black olives. Presented in a glass, this was a good-looking dish. We all agreed that the flavour of the olive (though surprisingly pleasant) was very strong against the coconut panna cotta. Coconut is a subtle, delicate flavour and the olive completely overpowered it.

The service was very friendly and though I think they were probably towards the end of service when we arrived, they warmly welcomed us.

Head Chef Neil Herbert, formally of Bistro Felix (Subiaco), is certainly on the right track. It’s a bustling, funky restaurant – so rare in the outer northern suburbs. When we visited, the restaurant had only been open about 2 weeks, so there were a few very minor things that we turned a blind eye to – given that everyone would be still fining their feet. It’s a welcome addition to the dining scene in the Joondalup area. We’ll most definitely be back 🙂Untitled