A new year, and already a list of new places to try. There’s a lot to be excited about: a natty wine and seafood bar for South Freo locals, actually-good high-end hotel dining boasting Peruvian fare and a brand-spanking new Northbridge hotspot covering off the rest of the Latin American continent’s cuisine, plus a coastal edition of a Perth-breakfast institution. And that's just what's already opened. There's also a whole lot more to get excited for in 2019.
Start planning, you’ve got some ground to cover. Here are all the new openings in Perth you need to check out this year.
Open This Month
Fresh grilled seafood and lo-fi Australian wines are the calling cards of Fremantle’s newest resident, Madalena’s Bar. The minimalistic boteco comes to us from Joel Rees and wife Dani (of much-loved food truck Comida do Sul), who originally had plans in the works for a laid-back taqueria. The laid-back part hasn’t changed. Having opened for a few weekend jaunts already, expect things to be in full Wednesday to Sunday swing very soon.
UMA & Bar UMA
Sophisticated hotel dining and contemporary Peruvian cuisine combine at UMA, the new design-forward restaurant at Pan Pacific, where the kitchen is headed up by a Heston Blumenthal alum. Expect ceviche for days and other modern takes on Peruvian classics from chef Alejandro Saravia. There are delicious cocktails and bar snacks on offer at Bar UMA, Perth CBD’s new home of the Pisco Sour.
The trio behind the certifiable hospitality empire comprising Mary Street Bakery, Tiny’s and Offshoot Coffee are at it again turning pizzas and beer at the old Cyril Masons site into Latin American fare and cocktails at new Northbridge hotspot, Panama Social. On top of a Central and South American-inspired menu plus lots of rum, tequila and pisco behind the bar, the place is all light, bright and tropical with a bit of retro charm thrown in for good measure.
Mary Street Bakery
Not satisfied with their existing four bustling outposts, the Mary Street Bakery crew are taking things coastal with a new City Beach spot set to open this weekend. The latest addition to the team promises many of the same delights we’ve all come to love about this breakfast time institution, but with a more extensive menu appealing to lazy coastal brunching also on offer.
Sal’s Pasta Deli
Things are simple at Sal’s: it’s fresh pasta made daily. Taking over the old Baker St site on Cottesloe’s Napoleon Street, Sal’s Pasta Deli is the new go-to for easy-eating on the west side. In addition to trays of spaghetti, pappardelle and ever-changing ravioli, you’ll also find traditional homemade sugos, freshly roasted porchetta on the regular and a shelf-full of Italian staple ingredients for the taking.
The Groper And His Wife
A 20-year strong history in WA’s fish and chip game has earnt The Groper & His Wife more than just an excellent reputation for batter, baskets and banquets. Their second shop has recently opened at Claremont Quarter and the place has been getting all the attention it deserves by way of early, post-swim fish and chip dinners. Load up and get elbow deep in some of Perth’s best fish and chips.
Those west of the CBD will be able to get their Jersey Jack Gelato fix with the home of dessert porn soon to open a third shop at Claremont Quarter. With enough flavours to have you stuck on testers all day (go the Ferrero), it’s set to be the perfect treat after your fish and chips from other new addition The Groper.
Get Excited For These
While these are a while off, they're too good not to remind you about.
The Old Synagogue
We only just got wind of this amazing new venue in Fremantle and we're crossing our fingers and toes that The Old Synagogue will be open before Christmas this year. It's set to be home to four venues including a beer garden, restaurant, basement bar and rooftop bar, so let's hope the plans get approved quick smart.
The Republic Of Fremantle
When you hear the brains behind Strange Company and Ronnie Nights (plus a fresh new face to mix things up) are opening a gin distillery in Fremantle, you stop and listen. The Republic of Fremantle should be opening in the first half of 2019, get ready.
The Coogee Hotel
The Coogee Hotel will be re-opening this year thanks to the guys behind Bread in Common. They'll be growing produce in their on-site garden and are planning on hosting pickling days and selling basic groceries like milk and eggs. What's not to love?
The small wine bar from the legends at Monsteralla, Mummucc is set to be up and running in February. While the concept initially began as a 'waiting room' for the ever popular Monsterella, we're pretty certain Mummucc will be a destination in itself within a few days of opening.
Brought to us by hospitality legends Clint Nolan and Miles Hull, Quarter Acre should be open before summer is over. Expect hearty pub grub, beers on tap and fruity cocktails for days.
Golden West Brewing Co
The brainchild of seven local Perth guys who love a craft brew, Golden West Brewing Co is already supplying beer to some of the local pubs and bars. It will still be a while until you can head there for a cold one, but when it opens you'll want to get to Newcastle Street in Leederville quick smart.
King Somm is keeping hush hush on the details of their opening, but we do know their pizza oven made its way into the building late in 2018 so we have high hopes they'll be opening their doors early this year. Apart from pizza, there will be craft brews and boutique wine at this suburban wine bar.
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Image credit: Panama Social