One of Northbridge’s newest venues – at the western end of James Street opposite Russell Square (the Pleasure Garden during the Fringe) – Yes Please Perth opens until 2AM each day, serving food and drink up till closing time – no rest for the kitchen, here.
A mural wall on James Street guides you up the stairs to the open, airy dining space, with windows opening out to the park as well as James Street – bright colours and banquette seating, along with stools and benches and a ceiling map underway that will take the form of a 3D image of Northbridge, and a collection of knick-knacks all come together to add a certain charm to the place.
A small but well-constructed wine list is divided into Fizzle, No Skins, Some Skin, and Skins sections – and has entrants from across the country – some of them rarely seen on lists around town. And it was to one of these we were drawn – from Margaret River small batch producer Skigh McManus a bottle of Skigh Wines 2017 Koda Rosé – a ripper, all strawberries and spice on the nose, pale salmon hue and a dry as a bone palate of pomegranates and cranberries. Just delicious.
Later we each had a glass of red from McLaren Vale – for me Rose Kentish 2015 Tempranillo Shiraz blend – liquorice and spice on the nose, cherries, lush dark fruit on the palate – while my dining chum opted for Alpha Box and Dice 2016 Tarot Grenache – light, bright red, aromas of toffee apples and cherries, medium bodied palate encompassing flavours of plums and peppery spice.
But enough of the wine – to the food!
Chef Scott Roberts, ex-Rose and Crown – my Guildford local – has put together an innovative menu – on which his house baked bread features strongly – with a sandwich of the day high on the list of must haves for future visits – it was butter chicken the day we dropped in for lunch. A changing vegan delight also features on the menu.
Anyway, an entrée of truffle hummus caught our eye – the lemony hummus rolled across the plate sprinkled with truffle flakes adding characteristic earthy, meaty flavours – and with some of that afore mentioned bread proved an excellent starter to our meal. Other small dishes to catch my eye included hush puppies with sriracha mayo and brown sugar cured salmon with beetroot three ways. Next time.
To the mains – for me a plate of barramundi – the skin beautifully crisped and the flesh luscious and succulent – served with dots of sweet flavoured green pea puree, roasted baby carrots, smoked potatoes – gee these were good – crisped leek and a sprinkle of pseudo bacon imparting a salty note – an outstanding dish.
The other- crispy skinned pork belly with a sticky beer glaze- the pork unctuous and tender, the glaze malty, sweet and yes, sticky – all this came with caramelized apple and pear – yep ticked all the boxes.
The guys who run the place have great experience in other bars and restaurants around town and their enthusiasm and talent show through – Yes Please is a fantastic addition to the Northbridge scene – excellent food and wine, friendly service, it has got it all – deserves to go very well indeed.