With Lady FWO I visited Bob’s Bar for the first time in some months, and as always it did not disappoint. Even the famous breeze that has on occasion seen money clawed from clutching hands and soaring into the wide blue yonder was absent.
Since our last visit – when the food had a lean towards Mexican – Creole dishes have taken pride of place on the small menu.
From the offerings we chose a couple – blackened catfish and shrimp po’boy to go along with our drinks – a glass of rosé for Lady FWO and of Larry Cherubino’s Laissez Faire Field Blend for me.
The rosé – a tempranillo from small Margaret River winemaker Dormilona – has lifted raspberry aromas, and a crisp, dry palate with red berry flavours and hints of citrus.
The Laissez Faire is an interesting blend of Pinot Grigio, Gurwerztraminer, Sauvignon Gris and Riesling – in an Alsatian style – it has intense aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and rosewater, with a layered palate of pears, Turkish Delight and nuts; soft and fruity, but with good acidity moving it to a crisp finish.
It is certainly a different wine and demonstrates the skill of the wine maker.
As to our food – served in small enamel dishes – the catfish was nicely blackened and the spice mix of cayenne, garlic, paprika, oregano very zesty; the fish was juicy and tender and sat on top of what was termed collard greens – but seemed more like silver beet to me – with diced bacon mixed through. Lots of contrasting flavours made this a very enjoyable dish.
The po’boy – crumbed fried prawns in a glossy soft bun with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo – proved to be an outstanding sandwich – sweet shrimp flesh, crunchy lettuce and sharp, firm pickle, all covered with a mild, creamy mayo. Excellent and great value.
I have always enjoyed the food at Bob’s and this visit confirmed my view. Good flavours, well cooked, just the thing for a day on the roof.
Bob’s continues to be one of the best small bars around town – brilliant location in the jewel development in the Terrace, good food, friendly service, a nicely constructed wine list with a fine range of beers and cocktails to boot. What more could you want?