Returning to the Public House after an absence of some months it was as I recalled a place serving up quality South American influenced cuisine in a pretty pleasant location. Situated at the corner of Adelaide and St Georges Terraces, it has seating both inside and outside under a roof to protect from the elements. A lot of glass allows good light into the bar, and also provides a view of the Terrace and passers-by if you are seated inside.
The food of course has a strong meat component but it is all designed to share – small plates such as house chorizo with burnt lime; corn on a stick with spices; sweet potato frittas; and empanadas. The larger serves included a variety of ribs (beef, chicken, lamb); slow cooked pork; slow cooked lamb shoulder; steak; and fish of the day as well as a number of sides.
The drinks list is well designed with a range of South American wines together with a pretty good selection of Australian wines and half a dozen beers on tap plus bottles of both local and imported ales, lagers and ciders.
After ordering a bottle of Mrs Wigley Grenache Rosé, we decided on a few of the smaller dishes –corn and manchego croquettes; buttermilk bun sliders; salmon ceviche; and a salad of burnt carrots.
The croquettes were served with salted popcorn. The crisp exterior of the croquettes surrounded a beautiful cheesy, creamy centre, with lovely sweet notes from the corn. The cheese provided a salty contrast, and the popcorn was light, crunchy and quite delicious.
A slider bun made with buttermilk was wrapped around a deep fried soft shelled crab and drizzled with mayo.
The crab with a soft fried shell was tender and juicy inside, and the mayo creamy and mildly spiced; a little lettuce on the soft bun added a crunch and freshness.
The ceviche of finely chopped salmon had been immersed in a dressing of lime and diced young coconut.
It was fresh, light, zesty, and just right for the warm weather that Perth turned on that day. It was certainly the highlight dish for us.
The plate of carrots, a little charred, soused in pisco syrup and coriander was enough to keep Mr Ed in food for a week – and definitely far too many for the two of us.
But they were firm to the bite, and the syrup had both sweet and sharp elements which complemented the earthy sweetness of the vegetable.
Our wine –strawberry and cherry aromas with a spicy, dry palate – was a very good companion to our food.
The Public House is well worth a visit – good food, great surroundings, professional and engaging waiters – and they also accept the Entertainment Card, so you will get a nice discount while you help charity. Perfect!