The Anzac Day ceremony at Bassendean had finished and a number of those who attended ended up for lunch and drinks at the neighbourhood small bar in Old Perth Road – the Cork and Bottle. Since it opened around three years ago it has become increasingly popular with the nearby residents as well as those, like us, who live a little further away – it is only a short stroll from Bassendean rail station after all.
It has an attractive space out on the footpath with wine barrel tables, stools, plants establishing an immediate impact. While inside the eclectic furnishing – a partly deconstructed double scull hanging from the ceiling, a mix of furniture and seating choices, birdcages and prints – is a statement that thought and care have gone into Cork and Bottle.
This care flows through to the wine list which has a good range of choices from WA and Australia, as well as some stylish overseas inclusions. Mention must also be made of the outstanding stemware – Plumm – which adds to the enjoyment of the wine and puts many bars in town to shame.
They offer a range of light meals, along the usual pub food line – on this occasion we opted for a blackboard special of fish tacos, as well as the beef sliders from the a la carte menu.
The sliders came in a toasted bun with tomato, lettuce, mayo and a juicy patty – with chips this was a generous serve.
My tacos had a number of small fried fillets of fish on soft tortilla, with plenty of tomato and corn salsa on top – the fish was tender and moist, the salsa fresh and crunchy – I would have liked a little chilli to provide a bit more zip, but they were certainly good value.
A couple of glasses of wine were called for – and we began, on the one hand, with a glass of French Sparkling, Madam Coco Blanc de Blanc – lots of crisp apple aromas and flavours – and on the other, a very good Riesling from Rockbare in the Clare Valley – lemon and citrus notes abounding.
After that, a glass of Upper Reach Pink for Lady FWO – this rosé has a lovely bright and clear pink hue with strawberries and raspberry aromas; it suggests a sweetness on the palate but the fruit is balanced by fine acid leading to a crisp and dry finish.
And for me a Great Southern Pinot Noir from Castelli Estate – the Sum has a bouquet of cherries and some earthy, mushroomy notes; the light bodied palate smooth with cherries and plums the dominant flavour components. This is another very good WA Pinot.
Cork and Bottle is maintaining its position as a go to spot in Bassendean. The ambience, the friendliness of the staff, sound food, good drinks selection all make for a great day, or night, out.