Ethos Deli + Dining is the newest addition to the East Freo foodie scene and it is nothing short of perfection.
Brought to you by Melissa Palinkas and Susan Whelan, the power duo behind Young George, Ethos Deli + Dining Room is a fresh take on a New York-style deli paired with Eastern European dishes inspired by Melissa’s heritage.
The idea behind Ethos is simple—good food, inspired by traditional recipes, plated with a zero-waste approach. Ethos is all about preserving and finding a use for every part of the ingredient they use, using compostable packaging and recycling whatever they can. Good food and a low carbon footprint? Ethos gets a big tick of approval from us.
If you’re there for brunch, try to nab a spot at the counter and drool over the fridges of house-made charcuterie while you choose what you’re going to devour. Upstairs is the dining mezzanine where you can sit back, relax and enjoy looking out on George Street if you’re lucky enough to get a spot by the floor to ceiling window. The whole interior has been designed in a way that’s minimal but still oozes classic beauty—think hanging greenery, shiny gold pots and a gold-trimmed drinks trolley you’ll be dying to take home with you.
We were treated to a sneak peek of what Ethos has to offer—incredible food, sustainable practises and a pretty special wine list- and the verdict is in, you need to get here stat.
Our epic lunch started with Langos, a Hungarian style flatbread topped with creme fraiche, caviar and salted lemon skin. Paired with a Haiver Gin and housemade tonic (made from spent grains, no less), this taste of Ethos had us seriously excited about what was to come.
As plates of house-made charcuterie arrived at the table, it became pretty clear that this was the real deal when it comes to delis. Soda bread just like Nan’s, country terrine with pork and pistachios, Kingfish carpaccio and deli-style coppa topped with pickled peppers were all devoured with next-level excitement.
Come mains, the BBQ Romanian ‘tenderloin’ steak—a fall apart flank steak with a creamy sauce was the star of the show. We just couldn’t stop going back for more. Paired with BBQ cabbage and Palermo peppers, these dishes were a serious dose of comfort food we couldn’t get enough of.
Just as we thought things couldn’t get any better, a big ol’ slice of Melissa’s Oma’s apple torte was placed in front of us. A piece of heaven on a plate.
The wine list features Western Australian wines that are big on sustainable practises and it gets the thumbs up from us. There’s also an epic, waste-free cocktail list that you’ll want to check out thanks to the wonderful Dean Buchanan. Not sure what to choose? Ask one of the waiters to pair some seriously good drops with the many dishes you’ve chosen and you’ll be singing their praises.
When you head to Ethos, go hungry—there’s not one course you’ll want to miss. Our recommendation? Head there with a group, peruse the menu with a drink in hand and order as much as you can. After having a taste of what’s on offer, we guarantee you’ll be hanging out for more.
Ethos opens today, Friday 21 August, starting out with brunch and lunch. When the guys at Ethos have settled into their new crib, they’ll be opening their doors for the dinner crowd, watch this space.
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Image credit: Anna Franklyn