There’ve been some big developments in Perth’s dining scene this month. While we’ve received unfortunate news about the closure of a couple of favourites (New Normal and Baby Mammoth, we’re looking at you), we’ve also welcomed the opening of a swag of new and exciting venues. Some—like a 500-person capacity multi-purpose venue in Freo and a lo-fi Italian wine bar in Wembley—we’ve been awaiting for a while. Others—like the second coming of a brekky-brunch favourite and speciality coffee in Claremont—sprung up before our very eyes.
Here are all the new openings—and a few places coming soon to keep an eye on—that you need to know about this month.
Freo.Social is the Port City’s ‘oldest newest’ venue and, with a 550-person capacity, live music program, microbrewery and coworking space, also one of its most ambitious. The massive venue has taken over the old Artillery Drill Hall, and is the new go-to for outdoor eats, festival vibes and celebration of the arts and music in Freo. Also, they dropped their opening ‘Freo.Week’ line up and let’s just say it’s going to be big.
When the dynamic husband-wife duo behind neighbourhood favourite Monsterella announced they were opening a small natural wine bar just up the road from the mothership late last year, ears pricked up across the city. The wait is over for Mummucc, as it’s called, so head in to enjoy a selection of home-style Italian eats, cured meats and cheeses from their cabinet deli and lo-fi wines. They’re open Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm ‘til late for now, with a view to open during the day on weekends in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
Golden West Brewing Co.
Paying homage to Leederville’s historic Golden West Company (Est. 1896) beverages brand, Golden West Brewing Co. is the brainchild of a group of seven local lads who’ve turned their hobby of home brewing into the revitalisation of a great historic site and name. While the group had initial plans to open as a brewpub, they are instead (at least for now) focusing on wholesale. Future plans might include a taphouse in the Leederville area; but in the meantime, try their beers here.
May Street Larder
The second coming of a Fremante favourite, May Street Larder 2.0 has opened at Mount Hawthorn’s The Mezz to the delight of locals and lovers of the Sullivan-Bridger partnership alike. Similarly to the original, it’s a friendly, relaxed, neighbourhood eatery where you’re just as likely to spend two hours at brunch as you are to pick up a freshly-cooked item for dinner.
First it was Tiger Bao that blew us away with their epic proportions and saucy eats, then the Hoodburger test kitchen. Now, the Hoodburger team have opened their second outpost on Beaufort Street in Inglewood. Get down for the juiciest burgs, or opt to stop in for Tuesday test kitchens which see extravagancies like ebi katsu and beef or French Onion soup cheeseburgers.
Pixel Coffee Brewers
While many were sad to see Mama Tran go, Pixel Coffee Brewers claimed the spot before we even had time to say ‘RIP’. The light and bright specialty coffee spot might be just what Claremont ordered; a spacious, sophisticated Scandi-inspired interior, healthy breakfast and lunch fare and, of course, damn fine brews.
The march of the urban brewery continues with the launch of Ogdens Brewery at South Perth’s local, The Windsor Hotel. The venue’s Singapore Room has received a facelift and Damien Bussemaker (of MASH and Elmars in the Valley acclaim) is on the tanks. Alongside father-son duo Geoffrey and William Ogden, Damien has created four new Ogden brews. We’re predicting they’ll go down nicely with a steak sandwich of sorts.
Transplanting all of the freshly baked goodness from their Nedlands site straight into a sleek spot inside the Claremont Quarter, Barrets Bakery adds to the growing number of options for good coffee and quality takeaway fare in the shopping hub. Everything here—from the bread, to the pastries, to the sweet treats—is handcrafted by passionate bakers, and it all tastes as such.
The idea behind Lyric Lane is simple: combine a love of wine, coffee, food and music into one locally-loved, family-run venue. Lyrics Café, Lyrics Bar and Lyrics Underground will comprise this soon-to-be Maylands hub, offering coffee and breakfast seven days a week, fine wines, craft beer and tapas style dining from lunch into the evening and a live music program respectively. The team are aiming for a late-April launch.
Small Talk At Campus Perth
This is a PSA: Perth’s ‘dumpling queen’ (as in, the woman behind Claremont’s Miss Chows and Subiaco’s Rice Baby) is planning the opening of a new spot smack bang in the heart of the city. Small Talk is set to be the first of a potential nine food and beverage residents of Northbridge’s new student accommodation hub, Campus, and will offer dim sum options, noodle and rice dishes and some of the more well-known Miss Chows favourites (sticky beef ribs, anyone?). It’s in the approvals stage at the moment, so let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed.
Cam Street Social
The combined resume of Esther and Darren Walker includes more than four decades of experience in the food and hospitality industry, so when they announced plans for Cam Street Social to take over the spot that was Hermosa in Wembley, we listened. Darren, who has cooked under the likes of Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsey and in local kitchens at The Shorehouse and Lot One Kitchen, will be on the pans. Esther brings 15 years of food management experience at Fresh Provisions to the new venture, which will look to provide all-day dining, seven days a week. The place is set to open early-April.
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