One of the best openings of 2019, Besk – a wine bar, restaurant, bottle shop – in West Leederville is back in action after the hiatus and it was with much anticipation we ventured forth for a long awaited lunch – and the anticipation was fulfilled, with good food and wine abounding.
A couple of shop fronts along Railway Parade, opposite West Leederville station, have been gutted and re-jigged to form an impressive and inviting space with one side of Besk making up the bottle shop, housing a wonderful array of wines and beers, with an emphasis on boutique and local products and you can choose a bottle to drink with a meal or take it away with you. And of course there is a carefully curated selection of wines by the glass or bottle on the list at the table.
The Pinot Noir rosé from Margaret River’s Vine Collective impressed – all cherries and red apple on nose with a beautifully tart palate of sour cherries, raspberries and cranberries.
A host of interesting dishes tempted on the menu – it the end we chose three of the small plates to share which proved more than enough.
We started off with grilled Albany sardines sitting on North Street Store sourdough, with burnt tomato sauce, capers and shallots, all proving a perfect combo.
A plate of wood smoked pumpkin, sweet and earthy, served with pomegranate jewels, goat curd adding a sharp sourness and the herby green sauce, mojo verde, also hit the spot.
And our final plate – wood roasted Fremantle octopus – tender and succulent, with a wonderful charry smokiness, served with garlicky tomato romesco sauce and a scatter of corn, was another very satisfying and well put together dish.
All in all, it was great to see Besk back and firing on all cylinders – it is a must go destination in West Leederville.