Bob Dylan was playing at the Arena and we decided to stay in town after the concert so booked into Peppers, just across and down the road from the venue – and dinner before the great man came on stage seemed a good idea – and so to the in-house restaurant, Stage Bar and Kitchen.
The dining area is adjacent to the reception desk and bar and runs along the Shafto Lane side of the building – not a large space to be sure, but comfortable and doesn’t give the feeling, despite the size, of being crowded.
The wine list is well constructed and includes a number of WA wines among the choices – as well as a dozen or so wines by the glass – taking our upcoming concert in mind we restricted ourselves to just the glass list and decided on a Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, Victory Point – fragrant with aromas of blackcurrants and plums, rich, smooth palate of mulberries, blackberries and liquorice.
As for the menu, it is built around small plates, perfect for sharing, as well as a range of larger dishes – three of the smaller plates were enough for us – and each was presented well on the plate promising to take this look through to the taste – and they did.
Char grilled chicken – juicy, tender, with a lovely hint of smokiness, came with a mildly spiced satay styled sauce – good one.
On to crisply fried zucchini flowers, plump and stuffed with salty, creamy goat cheese on a blob of spicy tomato sauce. A fine dish.
And finally, beautifully cooked grilled octopus, tender but retaining a firmness to the bite, charry and tasty, and sitting on a bed of tomato and capsicum salsa, sliced chilli adding a pleasant zesty hit, aromatic coriander leaves and a lemon half charred for a little citrus zip. Liked it a lot.
Each of the dishes we tried impressed – and there were many more on the menu that had an attraction – next time!
And then across the road to see Bob – a brilliant concert from the master.
Stage Bar is well worth a visit – good food and wine, pleasant surrounds, friendly service – and especially if you are off to the Arena just the spot for a pre-concert or game meal. And the rooms are very good too – a pleasant stay all round.