Lyric Lane dog legs between Guildford Road and 8th Avenue in Maylands, and with an entry off both Guildford Road and the laneway itself, is the eponymously named Lyric Lane bar, restaurant and music venue. The dining and bar area is long and slender – tables, benches, booths along one wall, the bar and kitchen on the other, and with a small al fresco area, shaded by umbrellas, out front in the lane.
Opening early for coffee and breakfast, and staying open late, on each of my three visits it has been well patronised, indicating it is something that Maylands has been waiting for, adding to the array of eating and drinking establishments nearby.
The menu offers a range of smaller dishes, as well as some larger meals – short ribs, pork cutlets, roast chicken, fish and pies, share boards, burgers and sides. So far I have worked my way though a number of the smaller dishes and all have been of fine quality and good value.
The wine list is also impressive, well put together and including some less well known labels and styles – Alpha, Box and Dice, Farr Rising, Skigh Wines, Liquid Rock and Roll among them – along with more established brands – Harewood, Vasse Felix, Plantagenet, 3 Drops, Cullen and Moss Wood – and with a particularly good by the glass rosé from Alkoomi, made from Petit Verdot.
To the food – tea smoked mackerel, tender and succulent with a hint of smokiness, is served on a smear of pumpkin puree, surrounded by dots of creamy lemon myrtle mayo and with cracklingly crisp seed biscuits.
WA fried whitebait come with wild lime and fig aioli – interesting citrus and slightly sweet creaminess here to contrast with the fish.
Something perhaps not for everyone as the poor old Brussel sprout does have a bad press – but these sprouts still retaining a pleasant earthy crunch are served in a mildly spiced green curry sauce. Different but definitely worth trying.
Breaded cauliflower florets are quickly and crisply fried and served with a very moreish cheese and jalapeno sauce for dipping.
And lastly a very impressive akki roti (made from rice flour) served with a bowl of red lentil dahl and a splosh of labne – would have liked a bit more spiciness in the dhal – but very enjoyable nonetheless. Great breakfast dish this.
Lyric Lane seems to have hit the ground running, with good crowds flocking along to try the food and drink, It is a nicely turned out place and you should get along and try it for yourself. Short stroll from the rail station, too, or from the bus stops on Guildford Road.