Heno and Rey – translating from the Spanish to Hay and King at which address you will find Perth’s latest tapas style restaurant – ground floor in the newly opened Intercontinental Perth – with tables and chairs spilling out onto the footpath but under cover from the weather, hot or wet.
The décor with its use of wood and bold, colourful Spanish displays catches the eye and entices you in – the chairs are comfortable, the atmosphere and ambience alluring.
Styled a tapas and raw bar, the menu is designed to share and features plenty of seafood and vegetable dishes, as well as charcuterie and cheese, of course, and salads to tempt the palate.
At lunch on Saturday, sitting in the open air, gave us the chance to try some of dishes on offer – and thoroughly convinced us that Heno & Rey is a wonderful addition to the dining scene in and around the King and Hay Street precinct.
We started with ceviche – chopped King snapper, with avocado purée, lime, coriander and chilli – juicy fish, pimped up with a zip of chilli and zesty lime juice – clean, fresh, tempting.
A refreshingly fresh and exuberant salad of sweet, juicy, heirloom tomatoes, salty, sharp whipped goat cheese, sliced white onion, pine nuts and a sprinkle of herbs and a splash of oil followed – delicious.
Prawns a la plancha was next – two very large prawns nestled on top of each other in a cast bowl, fried in garlic infused oil and topped with fried garlic cloves – the prawns crunchy, squeaky and sweetly fleshed – the garlic adding aromatics and flavour.
And our final selection grilled squid – a long, snaking tentacle, charred and tender, accompanied by nutty fried cauliflower florets and sauce romesco, the brightly coloured capsicum and pine nut based sauce of Catalonia – excellent flavours, and beguiling presentation which exemplifies the food at Heno & Rey.
We didn’t make dessert this time but Portuguese tarts and churros feature so another time for them.
The drinks list is small but well put together, with local WA beers and wines carefully chosen – Indian Ocean, Feral, Colonial and Black Kite among the former and Galafrey, Howard Park, Alkoomi and Cape Mentelle among the wines – with, of course, a couple of Spanish reps. As well sangria on tap and sherry…everything a tapas bar should have!
Three rosés are listed – we went for the only one by the glass (or carafe), Petit Rimauresq, a Grenache from Provence – fragrant bouquet of strawberries and rose petals, and a crisp, dry palate of red berries and chalky minerals – spot on for this cuisine.
The Intercontinental Perth is a stylish and impressive incarnation from what was before and in Heno & Rey they have an excellent casual restaurant, perfectly suited to the Perth summer lifestyle. We loved it.