The Shoe Bar and Café spreads over two levels of the Yagan Square development– on the ground it has a pleasant outlook onto the promenade between Wellington and Roe Streets, while upstairs there are views down to the Market Hall with its myriad food outlets and from the al fresco balcony area at front, the promenade. Two menus operate with the downstairs more of a breakfast and quick lunch and coffee place while upstairs more options are on offer.
The menu there is of the pub-food style – small plates of salt and pepper calamari, arancini, sausage rolls with tomato relish, wings – as well as some larger plates – steak sandwich, burgers, chicken parmigiana, fish and chips, Scotch fillet, pizzas, along with a selection of salads, and the Shoe Box – which has sausage rolls, calamari, arancini, wings, grilled chorizo and olives.
From the small share plates menu, the fish tacos are excellent value – two battered fillets of fish, tomato and corn salsa, slathered with a little sriracha mayo to pimp them up a tad, sitting on a soft tortilla hit the spot – the fish moist and juicy inside the crisp coating –all in all very enjoyable. The normal serve is three, we went for four, which was overkill – this is a substantial dish.
Along with these we ordered a dish of vegetarian spring rolls – again very good – four large cigars, moist and nicely seasoned filling of minced vegetables and served with dipping sauce – filling and great value.
A special for Plate Up WA was irresistible – half a Cervantes lobster was cooked with garlic butter, and came with three grilled prawns, chips and salad – as well as a glass of Deep Woods rosé; the grilled lobster was tender and succulent, buttery and aromatic, the prawns crunchy and sweet, crisp chips and fresh salad just rounded off a delightful dish.
To the wine list – and an impressive one it is – with the Shoe’s commitment to sourcing as much produce locally as possible in mind – it is firmly slanted to WA wines – 5 sparkling wines, a dozen whites, a couple of rosé, a moscato and 13 reds all from local producers and from across most regions of the State – a little over half available by the glass. Other areas aren’t totally overlooked with an Italian Prosecco, a champagne, Pinot Grigio from Tassie, Savvy Blanc from the Land of Long White Cloud, an Eden Valley Chardonnay, a Tassie Pinot, a couple of Barossa Shiraz and a Cabernet from Coonawarra also on offer.
The Deep Wood rosé, always a welcome sight on wine lists proved irresistible, and its fragrant aromas of strawberries and cherries, along with its crisp, crunchy palate served as a fine companion to the food. This is favourite – and is my wine of choice when I use the Shoe downstairs as a meeting place when catching up with mates which is quite often – the wine comes in two sizes, 150 and 250 mls – seems to be the case I always go large!
The Shoe is in a prime location and the WA slant on the wine list really impressed; the food offerings are above the mark of what would be expected at a pub and we enjoyed everything – the lobster special is worth getting long for before it ends– the Shoe is certainly a place to return to again and soon for food or just for a drink. Top spot!