There's little we love more come summertime than a good view over the water, a cracking cocktail and some tasty nom noms to share between friends. So when we heard some of Australia's top hospo operators were bringing an epic new Latin-inspired bar and restaurant into the iconic Indiana Teahouse, we had to check it out.
Named after the phonetic initials for the Indian Ocean, Indigo Oscar boasts one of the best views around, with the dining space located smack bang on Cottesloe Beach so you can watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean while beachgoers enjoy the waves below.
The brand new bar and eatery has been launched as a special pop-up and will run throughout summer before the building undergoes its next transformation. But let me tell you, for a pop-up, it’s been given one helluva makeover. The temporary dining space is looking fresh as hell, with breezy holiday-worthy decor and vibrant tropical vibes that team perfectly with those ridiculously good-looking views over Cottesloe beach.
Z1Z Culinary Manager Tom Haynes (formerly at Sydney’s Chef Hat-awarded Barangaroo House) and Head Chef Tom Harper (formerly at Besk in West Leedy) have developed a food menu packed with loads of tasty bites inspired by the flavours of Central and Southern America, all of which pair perfectly with the yummy summer cocktails on offer.
Given the seaside location, we'd definitely recommend starting with some seafood. We kicked things off with some fresh oysters, a Shark Bay crab arepas each, some crispy fried school prawns and one of the Spencer Gulf kingfish ceviche with melon, cucumber and green chilli.
From there, you've got loads of other tasty morsels to choose from. We couldn't get enough of the pineapple-glazed pork belly skewers with salsa hogao and we ended up fighting over the crispy duck leg...so maybe order two of those plates if you're splitting between more than two.
Wash it all down with something cold from the cocktail selection—their take on a spicy margarita made with a smokey mezcal went down an absolute treat as did the pina colada. Then again you could take a look at the dedicated selection of elevated magnums curated by sommelier Sofia Giros if you’re feeling extra. And really, who isn't around this time of year? And designated drivers can make the most of the top-notch non-alcoholic options.
Before you completely fill yourself up, you'll want to save room for one of the special gelatos from the legends at Gusto Gelato. They've created two unique gelato flavours to cap your night off; a sangria sorbet with coconut and pisco and chocolate ice cream with hazelnut. Both come served in your own individual tub so there'll be no sharing this one.
We can already tell we’re going to be pretty sad to see this pop-up go, so we suggest you head to the website to book a table or two stat.
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