Another visit to King Somm, one of the gems of the Eastern suburbs, this time sitting outside in the little courtyard at the rear – plenty of shade and the chance to sit out in the open air while enjoying the food, wine and music. Bar, restaurant, liquor store, King Somm has something for all.
The wine store houses an interesting and substantial collection of wines – featuring a number of boutique makers, natural wines, Australian and international entrants, altogether a very interesting collection. And you can either buy to take home, or drink in with a small cover charge.
While pizza takes the pride of place among the food offerings, a selection of other dishes, changing regularly, is also available – among these were a dish of buffalo mozzarella with marinated peppers, provolone and polenta fritters, and a plate of lightly cooked broccolini with almonds, chilli and yoghurt.
We couldn’t go past a couple of pizzas, however, so ordered their classic Margherita and a pork and fennel sausage.
Both were excellent – crisp, bubbling crust, a good covering of cheese and tomatoes with the requisite basil on one hand, while the second again had a top crust, with plenty of spicy chilli, juicy sausage with a pleasant bitter note from the broccoli rabe.
The mozzarella ball oozed out creamily when cut, the mild peppers and oil added to its appeal.
A simple dish of lightly cooked broccolini sprinkled with almonds and seeds, served with sharp yoghurt made for a light and fresh side dish.
With the food we enjoyed a couple of bottles of Le chouette Piquenique Pet Nat, made from Swan Valley Chenin Blanc. It has a yeasty bouquet with fragrant green apple aromas; the palate full of vibrant acidity, flavours of apples, pears and lemon leaf. Enjoyed it so much we bought a bottle to take home.
King Somm continues apace to represent one of the best bars in Perth, let alone the eastern suburbs. Great wine selection, great food, great atmosphere. As I said, a gem.