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We haven’t yet found a box that The Standard in Northbridge doesn’t tick. It’s a bar, with a rooftop and an incredible food and drink offering running the gauntlet from bar snacks to more substantial fare. There’s a gorgeous wine garden out the back and it’s the perfect venue for everything from casual Wednesday night drinks or a quiet dinner date, to a full-blown affair with all of your pals.
We love it come rain or shine (the indoor area is just as pretty as outside), but our favourite time to go would have to be summer, when you can sit back and enjoy sunshine soaked bevvies, tucked safely away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The menu features a whole lot of Asian fusion goodness, like the pan roasted octopus with cherry blossom char siu, plum vinegar sauce and chilli oil; the Korean fried cauliflower (or KFC) smothered in BBQ glaze and served with daikon and toasted sesame seeds; and the 'Maggi' noodles with spring onion, chicken butter and crispy skin. Order anything and you’ll be impressed.
If you’re heading in with a group, the banquet menus are your go-to. Choose the Hungry or the Feast and enjoy a selection of the chef's favourite dishes, including dessert.
The drinks list is longer than the already burgeoning food menu, which we love, and features aperitifs; rose, white, red and fizzy wines; beer, cider and cocktails—which we simply must elaborate on. Divided up into Pretty Punches (designed to share), barrel-aged cocktails, dainty classics, negronis, mocktails and classic cocktails, there is something to suit everyone. We’re quite partial to the Yes Way Rose (made with Tanqueray gin, watermelon, rose and grapefruit sherbet) and the sweet and delicate take on the Old Fashion—the Elder Fashion.
While we think every day of the week is a good day to head to The Standard, the Lazy Sundays deal they’ve got going on is the best way to round out the weekend. Pay $50 and you and your three mates will get a spinning feast. They change it up every Sunday with smash hits like pork cutlets, takoyaki-style octopus, green tea noodles and beef tataki, all served on a lazy susan. And if you're after even more value, head in on Hawker Mondays for their $20 dinner and drink specials.
Fans of crayfish are going to want to head down to The Standard on 25 July for their Cray Cray dinner. This four-course feast is putting West Aussie crayfish and seafood front and centre with dishes like Sichuan mala butter crayfish, prawn toast, sizzling black pepper clams and yabby crumpets. There'll be mulled cider and a slew of other matched drinks to enjoy while you tuck in, and you will definitely want to stick around for the dessert—sweetcorn cake with buttered popcorn cream and salted caramel. Tickets are $120 and available here; don't forget your bib!
Whether it’s a pre-show drink, a lazy Sunday session or a hen’s party to put all others to shame, The Standard is an essential Perth bar you must check out.
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