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• Did we need another Mexican restaurant?
Probably not. Will we take Big El’s Latin American
Fusion with its housemade tortillas, OTT tequila
cocktails and crate-covered ceiling? Yes.
• Deca Bodega, Freo’s newest tapas restaurant, has
given cappuccino strip diners a welcome alternative
from kebabs and overcooked pasta.
• Health Freak Cafe is a completely gluten-free,
sugar-free and mostly dairy-free restaurant in
Subiaco (and soon Scarbs and Mount Hawthorn).
There goes any excuse you had for not keeping your
New Year’s resolutions.
• Popular Perth bakery Jean Pierre Sancho has opened
a new venue in West Perth with more than just pastries
on offer. Think French classics like boeuf bourguignon
and blanquette de veau.
• Sometimes all that sounds good for dinner is tiger’s
milk, you know? Anyone not nodding their head in
agreement hasn’t tried the Peruvian delight that is
leche de tigre, the citrusy, spicy marinade used to
cure ceviche. It’s drinkable, it’s so good. East Perth’s
new Public House Kitchen & Bar serves it along
with other South American flavours.
Finding a bug on your dinner plate isn’t usually a welcome sight. And yet, an increasing number of restaurants around
the world are purposely putting them there. Sydney restaurant Billy Kwong serves crickets – roasted, stir-fried or tucked in
wonton shells. Now El Publico head chef Sam Ward has jumped on the trend as well. He first came across edible insects
while travelling through Mexico. “The first thing I ate there was guacamole covered in grasshoppers,” he admits. As for
changing our reaction from ‘ew!’ to ‘chew’, Sam thinks it will be a cinch. “The amount of people in WA that have travelled
through South East Asia is remarkable and bugs are a common occurrence over there.”
Sam has already hopped to it, ordering his first 1000 crickets for El Publico. “We’re going to serve them as bar snacks,
fried with a bit of chilli salt,” he says excitedly. Cricket burrito, anyone?
• Arcade 669 in Mt Lawley is the home of quirky new
cafe The Bossman, which is all about great music,
even greater coffee and delicious Greek sweets like
kourabiedes (walnut shortbread) and galaktoboureko
(custard semolina cake).
• Frozen yoghurt fans will love this. Along with their
locations in Leederville and Mount Lawley, Tutti Frutti
has opened shop in Vic Park and Claremont.
• Part cafe, part bike shop, Wembley Cycles has
become the go-to place for Perth’s caffeine-addicted
two-wheelers. Not a cyclist yourself? The stacks of
cycling mags will bring you up to speed. Just don’t
laugh at the patrons wearing Lycra. It’s not nice.
• The Cutting Board is a hot new cafe in the unlikeliest
of places, just down the street from McIver Station.
Cheap and cheerful, it’s our new favourite lunch spot.
Public House (photography philo & dk).
El Publico’s Sam Ward
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