Le Rebelle has taken the place of Circa in Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley, and is housed in a long, narrow room across a couple of levels with the heavy carved bar taking pride of place on the second level. It has received many good reviews since it opened, with its bistro style food and snappy wine list winning plaudits and from our experience these are well deserved.
Sitting in the downstairs area we began with a glass of the excellent new Pet Nat from Dormilona, Yokel -yeasty and cloudy, with a crisp green apple and lemon palate – just the thing to get the taste buds sparkling.
Then onto crab toast – picked blue manna crab, juicy and salty, on toasted bread, served with creamy lemon mayo and a sprinkle of dill – a very impressive and light starter.
We turned to another from the starter section of the menu and this time were presented with double spiced prawns – two fried prawns, cooked with their tails, complemented by slaw and a mildly spiced cocktail sauce – sort of a deconstructed prawn cocktail, but so much better than those of my youth!
While enjoying the food we ordered a bottle of Italian rosé – Langhe Rosato 2018 – which we had coincidentally come across the previous weekend at an Italian wine and cheese tasting at the Wine Loft in Cottesloe – made from Nebbiolo it is bright pink with a bouquet of cherries, strawberries, watermelon and violet florals; the beautifully dry palate is full of the flavours of raspberries and cranberries – a great drop, indeed.
Then we ordered one of the specials, and special it was – deep fried mozzarella croquettes, crisp crackly coating, oozy and creamy cheese, and sloshed with the most exquisite XO sauce – all the salty, shellfish, chilli, onion and garlic flavours combining to make a most outstanding sauce – lick the plate stuff – this was an absolute highlight.
So, all in all a very impressive place this is – well prepared and cooked bistro dishes, in a typically bistro-style setting – at times crowded and loud, but that’s all part of the fun. The XO sauce lingers in my memory and the wine list, while relatively small, is well curated and has an interesting selection. Definitely a place to get back too soon.