Opened since 2007 in Subiaco, and we had never been! After our visit I have to ask “why”? We had a great time at this little bar which has been voted as a Neighbourhood Gem in one awards list we saw– we can only agree with that summation. It absolutely is….
In Hay Street, a little away from the main Rokeby Road strip, it has seating inside and out front, and a variety of options – tables and chairs, high benches and stools.
The drinks list consists of 5 or so sparkling – French, Italian, Australian – about a dozen each of red and white, predominantly Australian, a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc and a Spanish Tempranillo thrown in for good measure.
A good range of beers – Little Creatures, Samuel Adams, Trumer, Four Pines and Endeavour among them, and a cocktails list make up the drinks on offer.
The menu offers a selection of tapas style dishes – frittata, zucchini fritters, arancini, lemon and chill squid, chicken wings – shared plates – seafood, meat, vegetarian – salads, and some pub style mains – chicken parma, fish and chips – as well as a range of burgers.
We chose from the tapas selection and settled on Asian prawns, lamb kofta, guacamole and a Mexican style corn salad.
The guacamole was a good example of the dish – rich and creamy, lots of lifted lime notes, hints of chilli and coriander, providing complementary flavours of sharpness, heat and creaminess. The accompanying corn chips were fresh and crisp.
Asian style prawns, cooked with their tails, with a honey and soy infusion, fresh chilli and roasted peanuts. It was by degrees sweet, nutty, zesty, the prawns very well cooked, firm and moist. It was a very good and satisfying dish.
Marinated lamb mince formed onto skewers, served on a bed of salad with creamy mint raita and sweet and spicy mango chutney. The meat had an amalgam of Indian spice flavours and was juicy, zingy and tender. It was very well put together, indeed.
The salad, a mix of fresh, crunchy greens, corn, chopped chilli, capsicum, tomatoes, coriander, broken pieces of crisp tortilla and a sharp dressing was delightful – very refreshing, full of flavour, and with great texture. A cracker of a salad.
With our meals, we began with a glass of Dandelion Fairy of the Barossa rosé for Lady FWO and one of Crossroads Gewürztraminer for me.
The rosé, made from Grenache, has a lifted strawberry and cream nose, with raspberry and cranberry flavours on the palate. Bright pink it finished long and dry.
Aromas of ginger, lemon and lychees wafted from the glass of New Zealand gerwürztraminer, while the palate exhibited residual sugar sweetness balanced by good acidity and warm spice notes.
We followed with a glass of Margaret River based Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec and their Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon. The cabernet had aromas of plum and blackcurrant, with some chocolate notes; it was full of dark fruit flavours, soft smooth tannins, and a touch of vanilla. The malbec had a jammy, blackberry nose, followed by intense plum flavours, it is well balanced, and an elegant expression of the variety.
The waiter who looked after us showed great professionalism and a welcoming attitude, he was friendly, helpful and made a distinct impression on us. Service was prompt, efficient and helped make our visit even more enjoyable.
The food on offer is very good – tasty, well cooked, full of complementary flavours, well presented – the atmosphere is that of a welcoming, neighbourhood bar, comfortable, stylish without being over the top, just a lovely place. We enjoyed it greatly, and certainly recommend it.