It feels like forever since we’ve been able to hop on a cheap flight and live out our ultimate foodie dreams in Bali. And god do we miss it! Thankfully, though, Will Meyrick, the chef-owner behind super popular Balinese establishments Sarong and Mama San (to name just a couple), is here to fill those cravings—opening his very own place right here in Perth this August.
And while the circumstances that lead Meyrick and his family to relocate to Perth (we’re looking at you, rona) are nothing to cheer about, we’re excited to see one of Bali’s most renowned chefs and king of street food set his culinary sights on the old La Vida Urbana site in Leederville.
The 120-person bar and restaurant will bring diners on a tasting trip through Meyrick’s extensive Asian travels—he’s lived in Indonesia for almost 20 years and traveled through regions in India, Sri Lanka, Morocco and many more, exploring local food culture and the distinct dishes, spices and ingredients that have shaped their food stories. Since relocating to Perth, he’s also wasted no time tapping into our own Asian communities, seeking out the vibrant food hubs scattered throughout Perth’s suburban neighbourhoods.
It’s this passion for uncovering and sharing Asian street food that has guided much of the menu. Expect delicious Asian share plates that showcase regional classics in a way that feels authentically in the here and now—with local ingredients and inspiration front and centre.
Inside, the decor also pays respect to where we are, with Australian outback tones, textures and dried flowers as well as a generous bar and open kitchen so you can soak up all the action. With seating split between a dining room and bar area, you’ll be able to book ahead or walk in as you like.
Meyrick’s new restaurant is due to open this August at 228 Carr Place in Leederville, right next to the soon to be completed new dining precint at the old Leederville Hotel.
With so much good stuff on its way, we're betting this innercity hood will be teeming with foodies again in no time.
For now, scope out when Bali is reopening to international travellers.
Image credit: Sarong