Bars Of The State Buildings – Perth CBD

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You’ll never go thirsty  at the State Buildings. Chef and I started off at the Treasury Lounge Bar, which is part of the COMO Hotel. The bar runs right along Cathedral Ave and is a chic and classy spot with superb “white glove” service. It’s the perfect spot to have a cheeky pre-drink if you’re all dressed up and heading to dinner at Wildflower or Post – think fine champagnes,  the very best West Australian sparkling wines, exquisite canapés and freshly shucked oysters – there’s no better excuse to get your best cocktail dress on!IMG_2195On this day, Chef and I were looking for something a little more casual. So we ventured onto the Barrack Street side of the building, to Petition Beer Corner.IMG_2241_Fotor

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Craft Beer has been on trend for a few years now and Perth has been crying out for a dedicated craft beer bar. If you’re a craft beer aficionado, this is your mecca. There is so much choice and so many craft beers on tap!IMG_2208

I’ll hold my hands up – I’m not a beer drinker at all. Chef on the other hand gets rather excited to discover a new brew, so Petition Beer Corner was right up his alley. It’s laid back and I liked the vibe. We didn’t catch his name, but the “beer guy” with curly hair was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, going out of his way to help Chef pick a draught beer that was just right for his taste. IMG_2204

And Chef’s pick – the Red Ale! There are lots of West Australian and international beers on tap. On one of our trips to Petition Beer Corner we were going to be eating next door at Petition Kitchen and Chef was able to take his unfinished beer through to the restaurant and also top order the tap beers from there. The Beer Corner has a more casual menu.IMG_2197_Fotor

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If you’re after a bit of fun, check out Halford Bar. The décor in the basement bar, underneath the Como Hotel is kitsch, with velvet chairs and colourful lights – I felt like I was in the 1950s. It is a classy little joint though and becoming very well known for its excellent cocktails. I absolutely loved the “Coconut Blossom” which is a soft, fruity mix of sake, elderflower liqueur, coconut water and yuzu juice. It’s so pretty too!IMG_2269_Fotor

You’ll never be stuck for a quality drink at the State Buildings. I hear Long Chim and Wildflower both have an excellent drink selection too – I can’t wait to try them! IMG_2376_Fotor

 

Petition Kitchen – Perth CBD

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This month marked the beginning of Eat Drink Perth and where better to join in on the Eat Drink Perth festivities than right in the heart of the city. The beautifully restored State Buildings were once home to the GPO of Perth and the historic city centre. We are spoiled for choice with lots of dining options at the old treasury and Chef and I recently enjoyed a chilled lunch at Petition Kitchen.On first glance Petition Kitchen looks very casual – but don’t be fooled! One of my first impressions was just how polished the service is. IMG_2239

Chef, ever the craft beer connoisseur brought his beer across from Petition Beer Corner (more on that in a later post). The drinks menu at Petition is impressive. I like the way they set out the wine list under headings like “full, generous, textural” and “bright, juicy, herbaceous”. I’m going to have a closer look at that wine list soon! It was a lazy public holiday, so I decided I’d make it a Mimosa Monday *wink*.20160307_122338-1

The menu is set up to share, with mainly small plates; starters, raw, small, meat & fish and sides. First we dived into the charcuterie selection, $29. The plate was piled with a fresh selection of cured meats, including an interesting squid ink chorizo. Pickles, mustard and croutes are on the side.IMG_2217_FotorThe raw kingfish dish, $23 was divine. The fish “cooked” in a tangy ginger vinaigrette was ever so fresh and complimented by the crisp  beetroot and horseradish.IMG_2216_Fotor
Ever the fungi lover, I enjoyed the roasted mushrooms, $20. The many varieties of ‘shrooms,  served with salted ricotta, warrigal greens (a native Australian spinach) and potato made for a very tasty dish!IMG_2227Chef and I both got a bit giddy over the Black Angus sirloin, $32. The tasty steak was perfectly medium rare and accompanied by a rich romesco sauce. The meat was slightly charred and a tad fatty, which gave it a full flavour. A great dish, topped with asparagus and watercress.IMG_2230I’m not sure that we really needed the side of roast potatoes, $8. We had that dilemma when ordering – you know, when you go to a new place and aren’t familiar with the portion sizes – then panic that you’ve under ordered! Anyhoo, though we were getting a bit full, I was glad we ordered the spuds. They were nicely seasoned and served with salt bush and confit garlic. A simple dish, done well.IMG_2225

Struggling a bit, we decided to share dessert. Chef made a brilliant choice with the brown butter parfait, $16. It was a different dessert and we both enjoyed it’s textures. The toasted oat, crunchy apple, and smooth condensed milk complimented each other in a really interesting way. It is pretty too, garnished with sprigs of samphire. IMG_2231

At Petition Kitchen we both agreed that the service, Head Chef Jesse Blake’s deliciously different food and well thought out wine list are all top notch. It’s the perfect place for a classy date night without pretention.IMG_2251_Fotor

For Eat Drink Perth, Petition Kitchen is holding the “In Good Company” food and wine pairing degustation dinner. Enjoy Head Chef Jesse Blake’s rustic share plates, which are promised to be a little bit quirky. Each course is matched with wine. Petition has an extensive wine list – so there are sure to be some cracking drops on offer!

Location: Petition Kitchen, cnr St Georges Tce and Barrack St, Perth

When: Tue 5 Apr 2016 & Tue 19 April

Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pmIMG_2249