Honestly, Perth these days! While we’re still frantically trying to tick off all the new Perth restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs that we wanted to try in 2017, 2018 comes along and with it, a whole host of new places that are cropping up all over the place, calling our names.
From suburban wine shops, bars and burgers, to cafes from ex-fine dining heroes, there is so much new happening in Perth in 2018 that there is a definite call for excitement. So next time you feel like going to that same old place and ordering your usual, why not mix it up instead at one of these new openings we’re excited for in 2018!
Wines of While
Lovers of natural wine, you are going to love this. Wines of While, due to open sometime in autumn, is going to be a natural wine store and bar, serving up low-key, honest Euro food and real wine, available to drink and to takeaway. Owner Sam Winfield envisages a small and sophisticated bar and eatery that will also give us Perthites access to a great range of local and imported natural wines for purchase!
Finally, it looks like the trend of bar-slash-bottle-shop-slash-kitchen has made it to Perth. The brainchild of Ben Braham, an acclaimed architect, and Elliot Moore who curates Perth’s best range of beers and wine at Mane Liquor, new Perth bar Besk is poised to be an absolute cracker. The pair picture a neighbourhood venue welcoming all kinds of patrons, offering up craft beers and excellent wine that can be purchased in the bottle shop for takeaway or to be enjoyed on the premises, as well as simple but delicious food and clean and quiet meeting spaces available during the day. With Dormilona taking care of house reds and whites, and Brave New Wine and The Beer Farm collaborating on house brews, it’s hard to put into words how downright excited we are for this place to open.
The largest standalone venue on the Burswood Peninsula, new Perth pub The Camfield opened in February and is so much more than just your place for pre- and post- game drinks at the brand new Optus Stadium. At 8,000 square metres, the venue is massive enough to boast six bars, a microbrewery, a beer garden, a function centre and a container bar and restaurant. Listing this as just one new venue opening is almost unfair. Offering incredible river and CBD views, The Camfield might just be your new go-to for large group outings, celebratory events or pre-drinks for a night on the town.
Just when you were getting a bit tired of Perth’s current supper clubs, a brand new one comes along in one of the east end’s newest precincts, Hibernian Place, to save the day (or, we should say, the night). From the team that has brought us Varnish on King, The Flour Factory and Caballitos, Hadiqa is set to be a lush, rooftop garden oasis inspired by the Middle East. Think crushed ice cocktails, dehydrated baby rose petals and refreshing drinks served in gold-rimmed Moroccan tea glasses on the rooftop. This place is going to be inner-city escape at it’s best.
Perth, Leederville, Fremantle
Melbourne born Burger powerhouse Huxtaburger is finally coming to Perth and we couldn't be more excited. Word on the street is they'll be opening in Hibernian Place but they're also advertising two other locations available for franchise—one in Freo, and the other in the already burger-crazy Leederville—so it won’t be long until we can all sink our teeth into one of their mouth-wateringly good burgers. Melbournians love Huxtaburger for their simplicity, their fresh ingredients and their stripped back interiors that pay homage to classic American diners while paying attention to their surrounds, and we’re sure that we Perthlings will too!
Another new place slotting itself into the brand new Hibernian Place is Garum, the latest venture from Melbourne restauranteur Guy Grossi. Set to be a large scale Roman rustic dining venue, Garum will champion the quality local produce that enticed Grossi over here in the first place. Think Freo octopus, Arkady lamb from Margs, Manjimup truffles and marron from the south west. The menu will be inspired by Roman food and dining culture, and promises to bring a contemporary feel to the original heritage building.
Hampton & Maley
Hampton & Maley, opened in February and is the latest venture from owners of the now-closed Restaurant Amuse in East Perth, fine-dining heavyweights Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy. The Troy’s are bringing a relaxed neighbourhood eatery with a focus on good (but not fine) food, and putting hearty, flavoursome food into the bellies of locals. P.S. It’s official: the seriously good egg-in-a-jar made famous at Amuse is on the menu, featuring not just one, but two perfectly wobbly eggs.
Guys, hold onto your hats because the crew at Strange Company opened up another Fremantle bar and it’s just as amazing as we thought it would be. Ronnie Nights has a similarly sharp focus on providing good cocktails, fine wine and boutique brews, but is a more ‘playful’ version of Strange Company, as might be called for by it’s Market Street location. All we can say is: if you haven't been yet, get there immediately.
North Street Store
North Street Store has come under the new ownership of Lachie Bisset and Craig Stewart, who have reinvigorated this old corner shop into a neighbourhood favourite. Offering up hot bread, good coffee, and fresh, simple Mediterranean takeaway food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this place isn’t your typical corner cafe. It’s paying homage to the corner shops of old—not just a place where you can get a great meal on the way to or from work, a coffee made with love and delicious baked goods made in house, but one where you can also grab the bread, milk, eggs and today’s newspaper. The place opened in February so get down there on the double!
Absolutely nobody is complaining about the Korean food trend that is taking Perth by storm lately. Seoul In opened in February in the spot on Beaufort Street that used to be Ramen Lab, so get down there for some seriously good Korean fried chicken wings, kimchi dumplings, traditional bibimbap and sizzling bulgogi!
From the same guys bringing us Seoul In, Hyun has just opened in Claremont. The team here will also be dishing up Korean food, but it will be slightly fancier than the fare at their sister restaurant in Mount Lawley.
Check out more new openings here.
Image credit: The Camfield, Hadiqua and North Street Store