One of the many places I have been hankering to get back to since the shutdown has been eased is Tinys in the QV1 complex at the corner of Milligan and Hay Streets and last week we made it.
We dropped in for lunch on Friday – alas without booking – and found they were booked out – with 140 places over the lunch period – apparently quite common now that Perth is operating again. But, luckily, there were a few stools at the bar and so we grabbed a couple of those and they were happy to serve the food to the bar. And impressive food it was.
The wine list is well curated and from it we chose a bottle of Bondar Rosé from McLaren Vale – made from grenache and cinsault it is pale and dry, with strawberry and cherry aromatics and crisp berry and red apple flavours on the palate.
On the subject of wine, to one side, along Milligan Street they have also set up a narrow, brilliantly stocked wine shop, Tinys Liquor Emporium, and in here too, is a small bar area, where you can pull up a seat, have a drink from those on show for the day, or buy some to takeaway from their impressive range.
To the food – raw scallops, succulent and juicy, served with herb oil, along with thinly sliced tart green apple, a dollop of crème fraiche and a scatter of finely chopped Geraldton Wax. Wonderfully light and refreshing, looking a picture.
Fried squid rings again very well cooked, tender but retaining a pleasant firmness to the bite, and served with nutty wild rice and creamy, slightly citrussy shiso mayo.
Wood grilled fish followed, the fish perfectly cooked, juicy, luscious under a crisped skin with lemon infused oil and capers.
Finally, and what a finale, a side of smoked cauliflower, mixed with a silky cheddar custard and topped with a heap of shaved truffles – a simply wonderful dish.
Tinys remains a great addition to this end of town, with the fit out sleek and smooth, the staff top of the class and the food and drink innovative and on trend.