Bringing a much-needed breath of fresh air into the West Perth dining scene, the newly renovated Julio’s threw open its gorgeous, restored doors a few months ago and is already cementing its place as one of Perth’s best (and best-looking!) new restaurants.
The stunning heritage building, which was originally transformed from a house into a restaurant in the 80s, is a feast for the senses. When the new Sage Hotel was built this year, the restaurant’s private dining spaces were demolished and so began the renovation into the new Julio’s. With its restored fireplaces, exposed brick walls, arched doorways, polished wooden floorboards, black and white photographs and pops of greenery, the interior is simply stunning. There aren’t many places in Perth that have a history like this building (it was built in 1902) and it really does provide for a special dining experience.
It’s clear to see that a lot of thought and love has not only gone into the interior but the menu, too. Divided into six sections (cichetti, entree, primi, secondi, sides and per finire), the dinner menu is all about keeping things simple and letting the produce shine—the food on offer here is fresh, honest, uncomplicated and really freaking delicious.
Sitting down to dinner on a recent Sunday night, there wasn’t one thing on the menu that didn’t sound delicious. Getting things started with the Julio’s Board—chock full of cold cuts, ciabatta and a selection of Italian cheeses—we realised our eyes had maybe been bigger than our stomachs. This monster would have done for dinner alone!
All the pasts is made in-house so trying the hand-rolled gnocchi was a no-brainer for me. It was rich, full of flavour and is now pretty much my favourite thing to eat. The WA lamb shoulder was also really beautiful and perfectly complemented by artichoke, chickpea puree, rocket, chilli and pistachios.
If the true essence of Italian is to do amazing things to simple ingredients, Julio’s is most certainly nailing it.
We couldn’t go past the secret-recipe open cannolo for dessert and it was everything you want in an Italian dessert—rich, decadent and very, very tasty.
Serving coffee, brekky, lunch and dinner, Julio’s also has some pretty sweet dinner deals going on at the moment—better go see what all the fuss is about!
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Image credit: Nancy Hanna