One of the best bars around – but more than a bar the Standard has an entrancing garden area at the back and the kitchen turns out some of the best food you could wish for – it has an Asian twist, and indeed each Monday is Hawker Monday with a new dish inspired by Asian street food. And the wine list is similarly outstanding with an emphasis on new wave wines from some of WA’s and Australia’s best young producers, but including, too, some fine international choices from Italy, Spain and France.
The menu is built around shared plates both small and larger – and their new menu has just been introduced so there were quite a few tempting dishes I had not tried before when I dropped in for lunch on Saturday on our way to the Native Wine Festival up the road.
While I was waiting for a mate to turn up I indulged in a glass of La Violetta’s excellent Pet Nat – Patio – and this came in a retro looking coupe glass. Then when he had arrived we settled on a bottle of rosé (the Standard has 6 to choose from, all excellent and all a little different from the others) also from La Violetta – Loosie – a blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Muscat and a few other grapes besides – refreshingly tart with flavours of pomegranates, raspberries, sour cherries zipping around the palate and aromas of cherries and red berries enticing you to drink more.
Onto the food – and three dishes seemed about right – beginning with Kingfish ceviche – tender, juicy slices of succulent fish topped with toasted coconut, micro herbs and more – the crunch of the coconut adding a textural magic to the dish.
Now we came to KFC – Korean Fried cauliflower! – nuggets of cauliflower florets cooked with a spicy glaze pimped up with kimchi, scattered with sesame seeds and diced daikon – the best cauliflower I have had in a long time, and something I will be back for soon.
And a final, and simply beautiful dish, of charred squid tentacle served on a mound of slippery, moist black jasmine rice, salty squid ink, and garlic oil – brilliant.
The Standard once again nailed everything – the food and drink, the great service – it really is a must of Northbridge and the new menu simply adds to this – get along soon – and with the Fringe and PIAC fast approaching the Standard should also be on your list to visit while enjoying the shows.