Taking the place formerly occupied by a middle of the road Indian restaurant in Rokeby Road, Joes Wine and Dine has set itself as a bar, restaurant and live music venue adding another string to Subiaco’s slow rebuild of its popularity as a hospitality destination.
With areas opening out onto the street front, as well as a number of rooms inside the meandering building, there are plenty of places to sit back and eat and drink – we ended up In the room obviously set up for music with a bandstand and speakers towards the front – as well as what appears to be false lawn on some of the walls!
Anyway, the food and drink was what we were there for – a little too early for any music when we dropped in. The wine list is pretty impressive – a good range of price points, varieties, regions – both Australian and international – and styles – with a sound by the glass selection.
We ordered a bottle of Larry Cherubino’s Ad Hoc Pip rosé – made from Grenache – pale pink with cherry and musky aromas, the dry palate underpinned with fine acid and flavours of raspberries and pomegranates. Just the ticket with our food choices.
The menu again is extensive – serving breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a range of smaller dishes – what they term tapas – as well as larger mains – all again pretty well priced. It was lunchtime for us so three of the tapas style plates looked like it would do us – and they did.
Starting with salmon tostadas – three small soft tortilla slathered with guacamole and topped with lime marinated salmon and a splash of salmon caviar – pleasant little mouthfuls.
Togarashi squid next – squid pieces marinated with paprika, cumin and brown sugar before frying – accompanied by mild wasabi mayo – the squid was tender, crispy, the flavour combo worked for us – a variation on the ubiquitous salt and pepper squid.
Finally, and our favourite , tiger prawn cakes – deep fried crisped cakes, full of chopped prawns, pimped up with chilli and coriander, and with namjim sauce for dipping. These were very good fish cakes indeed.
From our brief visit Joe’s seems to be on the right track – the set-up is welcoming and comfortable, the wine list very good and the food well priced and with interesting variety. Certainly worth dropping in.