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Cheap with chips
Pinchos has earned a reputation for spruiking cheap-and-delicious-as fare, and its latest offerings are no exception.
The lunchtime wraps and sandwiches are all priced under nine bucks and served with potato chips, New York deli-
style. Our fave is the Bocadillo – a Loafer’s baguette stuffed with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese and tomato. Yum.
749 Newcastle Street, Leederville.
Did you shed a tear when Jus Burgers left Northbridge this spring? Yeah, us too.
Cheer up! As far as replacements go, we can’t think of a better one than new Italian bar
No Mafia. It’s the latest offering from Dan Morris, co-owner of The Precinct, and his partner
Emma Ferguson, former front-of-house manager at Apple Daily. So what inspired the couple’s
first foray into Italian? According to Emma, WA and southern Italy have a lot in common. “They both share a passion for
food and wine, and have a similar way of living,” she says. “Seafood, beaches, local produce, great wines and relaxed
attitudes.” The unassuming little hole-in-the-wall affair hums with that classic La Dolce Vita vibe, transporting you right
back to the old country. But instead of the typical pizza and pasta, you’ll find house-made antipasti including wafer-thin
prosciutto di parma, bresaola and spicy pancetta, delicately marinated Freo sardines, crunchy asparagus, and sugar
snap peas in tangy white balsamic. Then there’s the heavenly rosemary and lemon bistecca. To wash it down is
a list of classic Italian cocktails including negronis, bellinis, and Campari and soda. Oh, and did we mention house-made
limoncello? Now that’s amore! 189 William Street, Northbridge.
Mary’s is the new nighttime alter ego of Mary
Street Bakery, open Wednesdays to Saturdays.
Prices are reasonable, the food has an Asian bent,
and customers can bring their own music to play
from 9:30pm onwards. We love Mary’s long time.
509 Beaufort Street, Highgate.
North Fremantle gem
North Freo is going from strength to strength, and it’s due
almost entirely to Hamish Fleming and Siobahn Blumann,
owners of the suburb’s popular Flipside and Mrs Brown Bar.
The couple’s latest offering is the gorgeous new Propeller.
With fantastic pizza (we love the buffalo mozzarella) and
a huge courtyard complete with stripy umbrellas, a giant
mural and a royal blue shipping container-turned-cafe, it’s
little wonder it’s become the latest must-visit venue in the
port city. 222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle.
• 140 Perth’s new Cuban pop-up Cocina Bandito is
serving excellent barbecue prawn tacos, roast pork
belly sandwiches and killer guacamole, alongside
almost-as -good-as -the-real-thing mocktails.
• Its neighbour is Bam Bam Boo, an Asian restaurant
that opened with the audacious claim of becoming
Perth’s “Mecca for dumplings”. The order-it-
yourself tablet system is a bit clunky, but the vibe is
fun, fast and just what 140 needed.
• Brian and Despina Tanner, owners of beloved
Subiaco cafe Boucla, have opened a second
venue right next door. Called Lady of Ro, the tiny
restaurant serves Mediterranean fare and one
helluva grilled peach dessert.
• ‘Bout time Barrack Street got itself a decent
restaurant. We’re smitten with the new and
beautifully appointed Japanese restaurant, Edosei.
• Claremont Quarter, you lucky devil! You scored
yourself a Mama Tran, the local Vietnamese chain
serving cheap-as -chips hawker fare that ranks
among the best in Perth.
• Speaking of Claremont Quarter, Italian restaurant
Lucioli is gaining serious popularity for its aperitivo
drinks and finger food.
• The massive success of its Northbridge restaurant
has prompted PappaRich to open a second
location at Westfield Carousel in Cannington. The
queues aren’t any shorter, unfortunately.
• Vin & Oli is the newest addition to Fremantle’s
cappuccino strip, with an impressive 100-bottle
wine list, including a whopping 20 orange wines.
It’s a full house most nights at No Mafia,
thanks to the house-made antipasti and
classic Italian cocktails (photography
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