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p LIFTING THE BREAKFAST BAR
Shafto Lane’s new bar The Belasyse is the second venue by WA boys Simon Crossland and James Crabtree, owners of The
Causeway Bar in Vic Park. Tapas and cocktails are their thing, think brochettes, prosciutto-wrapped figs, and meatballs washed
down with the usual cocktail suspects. The decor features upcycled bike parts – chains, spokes and frames – but our favourite
element is the mural by Daek William. As an added bonus, it’s even open for breakfast. We’re predicting a Monday tradition of
pre-work Bloody Marys to sweep the CBD. Shafto Lane, Perth
• Plans for the transformation of The Court Wine Bar
into The Dominion League have been put on hold
until later in the year. The owners, who also run
Mechanics Institute and Mrs Brown, have decided to
focus on their upcoming Fremantle restaurant first.
• The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived:
Perth finally – finally! – has its own pirate bar, complete
with a ship-shaped crystal chandelier, staff dressed as
deckhands and a skull and crossbones in its courtyard.
The apt name of this Joondanna bar? Pirate Bar.
Owner of Brika small bar
He’s dabbled in law and property management, but
it wasn’t till Perth local and hospitality virgin Simon
Psaros opened a small bar celebrating his Greek
heritage that he truly found himself.
What’s the story of Brika?
I’ve spent a lot of time exploring Greece, including
a few months in a village in Mytilini – where my
father’s side of the family originates from – and
my true appreciation for Greek lifestyle, food and
beverages was really solidified. Throughout my time
there, I kept visualising how well the Greek style of
dining would go down in Perth given the development
of the small bar scene and the serious lack of quality
Greek-themed venues in Perth. Twelve months of
research and hard work later, Brika was born.
What are you serving?
We’re serving meze, which is a traditional Greek
way of dining out. Now, the Spanish have claimed it,
the Mexicans, too. But the idea of friends and family
gathering around share plates – that’s 100 per cent
Greek! The key to meze is the simplicity. It’s peasant
food, simple and not bastardised. The whole menu is
designed to be complemented by our wines,
spirits – our ouzos and tsipouros – and beers.
So why Stirling Street?
First of all because I live just across the street!
But really, I’m passionate about the area and how
it’s developing. Five years ago you just wouldn’t
come here. But now the connection between
Northbridge and Beaufort Street is happening
and I really wanted to be a part of it. This particular
spot needed the standard to be lifted and
hopefully that’s what Brika provides.
What is the significance of the name Brika?
It means ‘to find’ in Greek and although it
sounds clichéd, this project really allowed me
to put my love and passion into something and,
in doing so, find myself. But I also want people
to really ‘find’ their place here. To feel at home
and be transported into the relaxed atmosphere
of Brika which reminds us of the Greek isles.
177 Stirling Street, Perth.
• It’s been a long, seven-year wait for The National
Hotel Fremantle to re-open after that devastating
fire, but open it has, and Freo has welcomed it with
open arms. Here’s hoping the bar, with its alfresco
tables and soon-to-open rooftop bar will inspire the
sometimes-sleepy High Street Mall to go through
a similar rejuvenation.
• Meanwhile, in North Freo, Habitué Wine Bar
has opened in place of Harvest and is serving some
of the best lamb we’ve tasted in ages.
• Plans for the transformation ofThe
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