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Let’s clear some things up. Australia Day in Perth is not about getting trashed on the foreshore, finding yourself witnessing a punch-up and winding up in the background of the Channel 7 news shouting “HI MUM”. It’s time to show the world how cultured we are!
While Australia Day is still a good excuse to enjoy a tipple or three by the pool, it’s also the perfect time to head to the streets to sample some of the delicious food Perth has to offer—just remember to be responsible and take an Uber there.
Here’s what’s open this Australia Day public holiday in Perth.
Public House are hosting Australia Day festivities from 2pm. There’ll be $20 Pimm’s jugs, $8 smoked brisket rolls, a mini pavlova station, a Vegemite eating competition, giant yard games and they’ll be playing Triple J’s Hottest 100. All that and free entry, how very Australian of you Public House!
Cantina 663 will be open from 7:30am to 3pm this Australia Day dishing out their tasty all-day brunch. We think the triple bacon bagel with a fried soft egg, avocado and potatoes would be a very good idea, but if you feel like being healthy you could always go the summer fruit salad with lemon verbena labneh, almond chia pudding, nuts and seeds.
For the classiest Australia Day ever, head to Wildflower in the new State Buildings for their delectable Australia Day Dinner. The menu features lamb with warrigal greens, black sesame, sheep’s yoghurt and cumin and their delicious Wildflower honey dessert with crispy Jersey milk and candied dessert lime. $220 will get you the four-course menu, a selection of canapés, a glass of Tattinger champers and a view of the sky show of course.
What’s more Australian than eating the animals from our own emblem? Nothing, that’s what! Petition Kitchen are grilling up a tasty kangaroo cheesesteak roll with jalapeno and pickled beets on Australia Day. They’ll also be sizzling some spiced lamb sausages with sweet and sour onions. We think it would be a mighty fine idea to head there for lunch and then go check out all the entertainment at Cathedral Square.
The Black Truffle
Open from 7am, The Black Truffle have you covered for all your Australia Day picnic needs with their ready-made platters. Better yet, call ahead and order one of their picnic hampers packed with goodies like mini arancini, roasted garlic hummus, stuffed mushrooms and double cream brie, all ready to take away in The Black Truffle’s own branded cooler bags. Head to Cottesloe Beach, pick a shady spot, chow down and enjoy!
Mary Street Bakery
Mary Street Bakery will be serving their drool-worthy lamington doughnuts from 7am on Australia Day. Lately we’ve been lusting after Mary Street’s slow cooked eggs on toast and the free range boiled eggs with buttered soldiers (it’s the simple things!) but If you’re feeling like a #fatfeed is in order, their fried chicken on a buttermilk pancake is the answer.
Before you head to the foreshore to watch the sky show, why not head to Etro Bistro on King Street in Perth who will be serving up their usual all-day breakfast, as well as lunch from 11am. We advise lining your stomach with their Big Belly Breakfast which includes two eggs, bacon, pork chipolatas, hash brown, mushrooms, roast tomato and toasted sourdough. Or, if you’re after something a little sweeter, the Crumpet Trumpet is delish—a buttered crumpet with double bacon, fresh banana, maple syrup and candied walnit.
Celebrate Straya’ at The Garden as you listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown. They’re Aussie steak sanga will be on special and if you stay into the evening you can catch the fireworks from the rooftop. The Garden will be open from 11.30am.
Ribs & Burgers
Hooly dooly! Ribs & Burgers are dishing up a tasty Australia Day special this year. A half-rack of lamb ribs, crunchy fries, and a Corona or… drum roll… a pavlova milkshake for $20. If you don’t get the pavlova milkshake you’re un-Australian. So do it or be deported.
The Ladder Cafe & Deli
Open 8am to 2pm The Ladder Cafe & Deli in Mount Hawthorn have got Aus Day hunger pangs sorted with their Posh Trucker Panini—bacon, fried eggs, caremalised onion, baby spinach and house-made BBQ sauce squished between toasted Turkish bread. If you’re not feeling very Australian, you can always have the Shakshuka—free range eggs poached in a spicy Middle-Eastern sauce served with hummus and sourdough.
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