This latest addition to the Perth scene, and the anchor to the Kings Square development, opened on Tuesday and lo and behold I was in the vicinity on Wednesday so stopped in. What an impressive looking place it is –a expansive, spacious, light room – with an upstairs area and a beer garden to one side – this will surely be one of the most popular places around in coming months – with the Arena a hop, skip and a jump away it will be sought after stop off on the way to or from many a concert and Wildcats game.
In general a pub food menu, but done very well – we tried a sashimi plate – excellent, succulent salmon, tuna, squid, draped with quite delightful salty, juicy samphire, and with the usual accompaniments of particularly zingy wasabi, pickles and a dollop of Kewpie mayo. A very good plate indeed.
With this a basket of plump, fried prawns served with creamy dipping sauce – the prawns well cooked, squeaky and fresh.
A plate of well turned out shoe string fries along with a couple of sauces rounded out our meal.
The small wine list is nonetheless well structured with a good selection of WA products– La Violetta makes an appearance, as do Rockcliffe, Houghtons, West Cape Howe, Fraser Gallop, Riverbank and Watershed – and our choice the delightfully dry and crisp rosé from Porongurup winery, Abbey Creek.
Market Grounds is destined to be a go to destination as the development between the Rail Station and the Arena is completed as well as the linking of Northbridge back to the City. Perfectly placed, well designed, quality food and drink, very friendly and welcoming waiters – get along soon.