Hadiqa, Arabic for garden, is a Middle Eastern inspired rooftop bar and dining room in the Hibernian Place development in Perth’s east end. Running along one side of a plaza and on the corner of Irwin and Hay it sits on top of an eye catching building of concrete waves. Up the stairs and you enter a green oasis – a long, slender space – at one end roofed and semi-private, lots of lush plants – at the other an open air space – although protected by shutters that open and close to the sun and rain – and finally up a small flight of stairs to Shurifa, another rooftop area with umbrellas for shade. Blue and white tiles abound, olive trees, high benches and stools – all very reminiscent of North Africa and the Levant.
And this redolence flows through into the menu – all dishes designed to share – we began with a dish of minced duck, spiced with cinnamon, enclosed in crisp filo style pastry – scattered with crushed almonds and glimmering pomegranate seeds – a beautifully presented and delicious dish.
Fava – broad bean- dip – came next – sweet, caramelized onion and roasted sesame seeds dotted across – was sensational – all the flavours of the Orient – and with flat bread to scoop it up was my pick of the food on the day.
A flat bread wrapped kebab of succulent, juicy eggplant, pimped up with harissa and honey also impressed.
And finally a dish of fried potato, fetta and garlic – to fill up any spaces – the serves are generous and this was probably not required but enjoyable for all that. Oh a small dish of harissa for dipping rounded everything out.
The wine list is also well put together – as you would expect from a bar in the Andy Freeman stable – and we drank a bottle of Howard Park Miamup rosé with our meal – on a sunny day on the rooftop, the crisp dry palate and bouquet of strawberries, rose petals and musk seemed to fit the food like a glove.
Hadiqa sets the standard for Middle Eastern food in Perth – it is a brilliant new addition to the eating and drinking scene and the Hibernian Place development will certainly enliven this part of the city.