Five Bar – Mount Lawley

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Drinks at Five is something that I often think about, but don’t do nearly enough!  Five Bar in Mount Lawley is a Beaufort Street staple. Personally, I like to go there when it’s not too busy, when I can easily grab a spot on one of the comfy sofas.IMG_0792

I was meeting a fellow foodie there, Grace and though it was mid-week I REALLY fancied a cider. Knowing that Five has a great range, I let the friendly barman pick it for me – it was a cracker! Apart from totally loving the stripy label, the Australian Endless Pear cider was light and not too sweet. I’d have it again for sure.

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For lunch I enjoyed the more-ish mushrooms on toast. I love the use of different mushrooms – especially the enokis. The tasty dish is enough on it’s own or easy to share. Most of Five’s menu can be shared.IMG_0786

Five Bar is a great spot for drinks and has good food. I always find the barmen there particularly friendly too. I really like the chilled out, unpretentious vibe and even after a stress-y work day like this one – I always leave feeling relaxed.

And a top tip – Jerry Fraser the KING of oysters is at Five bar a couple of times week! I love Jerry to bits and he is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to these yummy little morsels. He also spends time shucking at Five Bar’s sister venue Lot 20 in Northbridge. Check out their FB page for updates.Untitledohaaa

The Standard – Bar, Kitchen & Garden Northbridge

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Perth has exploded with small bars and hip dining spots. I meet a friend, Renee, at one of the newest and most-buzzed about venues – The Standard Bar, Kitchen and Garden – in bustling Northbridge.

Arriving at The Standard, with its retro-industrial fit out, we are met with some surprisingly delicious smells. Freshly baked bread isn’t something I’d usually associate with a bar – but this is a bar with a reputation for exceptional food. We are warmly greeted by our waitress and request a table in the garden area. There are vibrant murals and greenery in what would otherwise be a concrete jungle.Interior

There’s a second bar outside – housed in a shipping container. We head upstairs to the top of the container and grab a sort-after table on the deck, for a stunning view of the city skyline. The Standard is sophisticated, yet relaxed. Polished, yet gritty.IMG_9077

There is a wide range of international wines on the drinks menu. I ask our waitress if they happen to have any preservative free wine. Without missing a beat, she suggests the Jamsheed “Le Blanc Plonk”, a Gewürztraminer / Riesling blend from South Australia. It is ordered by the bottle ($48), though she is happy to open it, just for a glass. It is a fruity drop and thankfully I don’t have the preservative-induced wine headache the next day.IMG_9061

The menu is mostly made up of dishes to share. With no item costing over $27 it is very well priced. In no time our food arrives. We smell our garlic clams ($19) before we set eyes on them. The fragrant clams are tender – poached in a sauce of cider, whole garlic cloves, cream and chives which is mopped up with the fresh sourdough we smelled earlier.Garlic Clams

A tasty fish burger, made from blue groper and fresh prawns ($21) is on a buttery brioche bun – the best type of burger bun in my opinion! There are sweet potato crisps and minty peas on the side.IMG_9065

The lamb belly is my favourite dish. It is a mouth-watering cut of meat, nicely fatty and so flavoursome. The accompanying sweet and sour eggplant salad is almost identical to the crisp eggplant salad ($18) we ordered. If we’d have realised that, we would have forgone the individual salad for another dish.IMG_9073

It’s quite a spread!Everything!

The sun sets and we enjoy a beautiful view of the city lights by night. The light is fading fast and I quickly order our desserts, so I can get a half decent shot of them! Oh the silly things we bloggers do! hahaIMG_9079

The delightful desserts are full of theatre. The rich dark chocolate ganache ($14) is paired with scrumptious toasted coconut fudge. It tastes just like a Bounty chocolate bar. A spiced rum is sprayed as a fine fragrant mist over the dessert, which gives a hint of rum with every bite.

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The panna cotta ($14), served in a stemless wine glass, is dotted with vanilla bean specks. It is topped with sweet and tangy red berries. Our waitress pours a strawberry liqueur over the berries, then the glass is topped up with house made lemonade from an old school soda siphon which creates a unique cocktail-dessert fusion.IMG_9083New Imagem

The Standard is an excellent place for a drink before catching a show at the nearby State Theatre Centre. A pre/post show menu is available. Head Chef Chase Webber has created a menu with innovative and exciting food. It is also deceptively simple, with a lot of technique involved. There is certainly nothing standard about The StandardIMG_9051

**First published in the Post newspaper**

At a glance

■ The Standard

28 Roe Street

Northbridge

Phone 9228 1331

■ Opening times

Mon – Thur 4pm – 12am

Fri & Sat     12pm – 12am

Sunday       12pm – 10pm

■ Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 4

■ style – Modern Australian

■ wine – well thought out list,

with an international feel.

■ Chef – Chase Webber

■ Owner – John Parker

■ feel – sophisticated, yet relaxed

and unpretentious.

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost –

Plates – $4 – $27

Dessert – $12 – $14

■ all in all – well cooked food,

excellent drinks list knowledgeable

staff – a quirky hang out with

views to die for.

 

The Brown Fox – West Perth {CLOSED}

A decade ago this West Perth bar was a haunt of mine, for after-work drinks on a Friday. Back then it was a decadent place, called The Onyx Bar. In fact, before Onyx, it was called CY O’Connors and I remember having a few cheeky long Friday lunches there with my workmates at Gwalia. In 2011 it had a complete re-vamp and became The Brown Fox. It’s not a plush and swanky bar now –though that’s not to say it doesn’t have a luxurious feel to it. Its cosy pub-style charm is mixed with chandeliers and pressed tin ceilings.

Friday night drinks at The Brown Fox are still as popular as ever. There’s a merry atmosphere of workers celebrating the start of the weekend and live music. We enjoy the bluesy tones of a certain singer Eve B – who has backing vocals on Nicki Minaj’s last album to her credit. She’s found at the Brown Fox on Friday nights, accompanied by accomplished musicians (Simon Paparo the night we visited) – at the moment her partner in crime is life-long friend Jeff Mann.

We arrive and as the sign at the door suggests we “wait to be seated”. After a minute or two it soon becomes apparent that no one is going to greet us – Chef and I decide to sit in the floral carpeted dining area, in a booth. We’re a bit confused whether there is table service or not, so we order drinks at the bar and grab some menus. Quick as a flash, a waiter arrives to take our food order, but we need more time.

The menu is typical of a suburban pub – BLT, fish and chips, steak sarnies and the like. Chef and I choose a charcuterie board ($34) to start with. Out comes a wooden board brimming with smoked chicken, chorizo, prosciutto, olives, marinated capsicum, candied nuts, blue cheese, smoked cheddar and toasted ciabatta.

Before the charcuterie board has time to be devoured, the waiter brings us our mains, with apologies for the quick arrival. I ponder that the service is generally very quick – much like the brown fox in the typing exercise back in our school days; “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”.

Though we didn’t get an explanation for the rush, Chef explains that this occasionally happens when part of an order is missed and something gets added on – thus throwing the timings out. In this case, we think perhaps they didn’t treat the charcuterie plate as an entrée – since at The Brown Fox the menu reads “Share Food” and “Mains”. The dining room isn’t full, so it’s safe to say they aren’t purposely hurrying us.

I’m looking for some comfort food on this cool autumn night. The Lamb shanks ($28) are cooked in a deeply rich tomato and red wine sauce – it is the perfect choice. The tender shanks are accompanied by some well-cooked seasonal veg and garlic mash – which is ever so creamy.

Chef choses the rib eye steak ($36) with beef jus, seasonal vegetables and a ginormous potato cake on the side. The equally large rib eye is cooked perfectly medium-rare and is a tasty bit of meat. Chef thinks the thyme-loaded potato cake is delicious.

The wine list is mostly local, with a few SA and NZ wines added for good measure. I choose the Lazy Dog Cider, which is made in the on-site cidery, from Sundowner and Pink Lady apples. Owners, Greg and Ant, are very enthusiastic about their brew. They hold a monthly Cider Club at the Brown Fox.

All in all we enjoy the Brown Fox for what it is – pub food with style.

REVISIT – The Stables Bar (CBD)

You know you’re getting old when you organised to socialise in daytime hours – not wanting to go out on a Friday or Saturday night because it’s “too busy”. My 3 high school besties and I don’t get to catch up as much as we’d like. Life gets in the way, but on this occasion, the stars were all aligned and we were all free. Fabulous! We fancied a bit of a drink and a chat. I thought instead of screaming at each other in a noisy and darkened bar, why not make a nice weekend afternoon of it.

20131117_140104We met about 1pm at The Stables Bar, in the Perth CBD. We’d met here for dinner a few months before and we all really loved it. There were a few people around, but it wasn’t heaving like it would be at night. We sat casually in the shady courtyard and ordered a few cocktails. We had some Cider Bellinis and Mai Tais. The Mai Tai was new for me – I loved it!20131117_140249

We also got some scrumptious share plates to nibble on between us; – it was all very tasty;

Pork & Fennel Croquettes with caper mayo $14

Hand Cut Chips with chipotle mayo $8

Pork sliders with pickled zucchini, red cabbage & chipotle mayonnaise $15

Lemon battered cod tacos with wasabi mayonnaise & cabbage salad $15

20131117_140621We had such a laid back afternoon. Afterwards we headed to The Aviary for a drink on the sunny rooftop bar – then we headed over to Jamie’s for an early dinner – LINK>>  http://thechefhiswifeperth.com/2013/11/28/revisit-jamies-italian/

It was a beautiful day and we all said we’d be up for another cruise-y boozy afternoon in the not too distant future! Are you free girls?!? 🙂 20131117_130931

DINNER AT THE STABLES >> http://thechefhiswifeperth.com/2013/09/01/the-stables-bar-perth-cbd/

**The Stables Bar is now closed on Sundays **

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