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The Peasant’s Table, Mt Hawthor n
Felix & Co, Nedlands
They say to eat like a king at breakfast. Well, now’s your
chance. Wembley’s three five three is serving a pre-booked
five-course breakfast dego on the weekends while Baby
Mammoth’s six-course brunch degustation is a fixture on
Saturdays. We’d go just for the tomato cocktail.
As idiosyncratic to Fremantle as the Dingo and those spindly red
cranes are the port’s stacks of shipping containers packed with
whoknowswhat from whoknowswhere. There are squillions of them.
But one in particular has caught our attention. Its three owners
have converted it into a miniature restaurant that captures the
Perth summer zeitgeist in a nutshell with its share plates, upcycled
furniture and south-of-the-border flavours. Located just north of
the E Shed Markets in Victoria Quay, Don Tapa’s outdoor seating
is the perfect place to watch the laden ships chug out to sea and
the sunburnt Rotto daytrippers stumble out of the ferry. The South
American-inspired menu is the brainchild of head chef Tony Margry,
whose CV boasts Michelin-starred London restaurants. The result is
a mishmash of Latin flavours in classic dishes like beef empanadas,
patatas bravas, Argentinian pork sandwiches and chorizo rolls.
To wash it down is a slew of classic South American cocktails
like the Paloma, Pisco Sour and Capirinha. It’s Freo’s newest
icon in the making. Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle.
It’s happy days for lovers of Northbridge
eatery Aisuru. The sushi restaurant has
expanded to a second and much larger
venue in Subiaco. There aren’t many
surprises. Same friendly waitstaff. Same
open kitchen. Same wacky dishes like
the popular Plum Flower Roll (teriyaki
chicken and avocado bundled in a nori,
shari and tomago egg wrap and drizzled
in a special plum sauce) and the moreish
sweet-salty-crunchy-spicy Corn Tempura.
The design aesthetic is also identical;
in the larger space, the bare white walls
feel just as stark. On the bright side,
the Subi location is the only one to take
reservations. Hooray – no more queuing!
Nick Bond, owner of some of Leederville’s
favourite bars and restaurants, has struck
gold with his newest idea. The concept?
Use two refurbished rickshaws to cart
diners between his three restaurants on
weekend nights. The Leederville Food
Safari begins with appetisers at Ria,
before diners get pedalled off to Kitsch
Bar Asia for mains, and then coffee and
dessert at Foam Coffee Bar to finish.
The best part? You can wear your most
uncomfortable-yet-gorgeous shoes since
there’s absolutely zero walking necessary.
Tickets cost $60. (08) 9328 2990.
FELIX & CO
If there are three types of people more requiring (and deserving) of caffeination, it’s students,
hospital workers and new mothers. All three are flocking to Hampden Road’s new Felix & Co
Specialty Coffee, a stone’s throw from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the UWA campus.
The pocket-sized cafe offers a range of coffees from Market Lane, Mecca, Proud Mary Coffee
and Dukes – a refreshing change from the usual 5 Senses or Fiori you find at most Perth cafes.
They’ve also got six different filter coffees for siphon or V60. 160 Hampden Road, Nedlands.
PARENTAL PARADISE FOUND With its massive playground, leafy outdoor terrace, big-screen TV and traffic-free
location, it’s hard to imagine a better place to eat with the kiddies than The Peasant’s Table in Mt Hawthorn. The Meal Deal
on the kids menu even includes a super fun ‘activity bag’, complete with puzzles, crayons and stickers. Genius.
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