On our previous visit to the Stables we were tempted by the wagon wheel dessert but overindulged with our other dishes and couldn’t manage it – this time we were determined to avoid that mistake. And we did, just!
For those who came in late, the Stables is situated at the end of a laneway off Hay Street, just up the road from Shafto Lane. The building apparently one of the City’s original horse stables, has been restored and adapted to its role as one of the new breed of bar restaurants around town.
An open cobble stoned area outside is set up with tables and chairs; inside high benches with stools; and up the stairs the main dining area, with a balcony area adjacent.
On our recent visit we sat inside on banquette seating along one wall. Although the rumour is that the long business lunch is dead, the large numbers of diners seemed to put lie to this.
The menu is in the main designed to share and from the all- day grazing menu we chose zucchini chips, corn and jalapeno poppers, beef brisket tacos and seared bigeye tuna.
Batons of zucchini were crumbed, quickly fried, and served with a basil infused mayo. Light, retaining a fresh crunch, and lifted by the earthy mayo. Lovely.
Looking disconcertingly like fried mice, the poppers were jalapeno peppers stuffed with a mix of corn and manchego cheese; the jalapenos provided a zesty, spicy hit, while the creamy melted cheese and the sweet corn brought another dimension of flavour. Served with a mild smoked paprika rouille type sauce, this was a most enjoyable dish.
Very tender, slow cooked, brisket strips were piled onto soft tortillas and topped with salsa made from grilled pineapple, coriander and jalapeno.
Melt in the mouth meat, zesty salsa lifted with the sweet caramelized aroma and taste of the pineapple made for outstanding tacos.
A good slice of tuna came on top of a salad of cannellini beans, olive crumbs and mint flavoured yoghurt.
The tuna may have been a tad further on than seared, but was tender and moist all the same. The salad was a great complement to the fish.
So now, even though we had again over ordered, we were ready for the wagon wheel! Served on a long board was a scoop of exceptional very rich and creamy chocolate mousse, another of strawberry sorbet, a sprinkling of chocolate crumbs, a few slices of strawberry and little marshmallow twirls.
A deconstruction of the classic Arnotts biscuit, it worked a treat. A great dessert.
The wine list is comprehensive, weighted toward Australian wines, but with a good selection from Italian, French, Spanish and New Zealand wineries. Many are by the glass; as well there is a selection of aged reserve wines for a special occasion.
With our meal we enjoyed a bottle of 2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot. From the Filius range it blended cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a little malbec.
Aromas of blackcurrant, spice and liquorice, lead into a palate full of blackcurrant, plum and mulberry flavours, chewy tannins, with fine acidity; it is an elegant and easy drinking style, but one which will age well over the medium term.
As we said before, the Stables is a great addition to the Perth dining scene; it is beautifully designed; welcoming with friendly, efficient staff; has good food and wine; and with its variety of dining and drinking areas suitable whatever the weather.
One to recommend.