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 with BAE, to a full-blown affair with all of your gal (and guy) 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 hibiscus cured mackerel, with somen noodles, chilled ginger, radish and a sour hop broth. The chef is as imaginative as he is meticulous, which is why when you order the free range fried chicken, it not only looks incredible (a far cry from the greasy wings we’ve seen around the place), it also comes with Malaysian spice and a prawn and tamarind sambal.
Order anything on the menu and you’ll be impressed, but we cannot get enough of the roasted calabrese broccoli with chimichurri, soured cream and BBQ seasoning, as well as the beef carpaccio with wasabi cream, soy pearls, baby leaves and crispy garlic.
If you’re just heading in for a few drinks, the seafood and standard charcuterie are a must, and for dessert we are all about the coconut castaway for the theatrics and the taste—it’s a bottled pina colada with pineapple jelly, lime curd and sherbet.
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 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 shake your own espresso martinis for the novelty factor (and the $10 price tag)!
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 anywhere between $40 and $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. Talk about value!
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.
Image credit: Louise Coghill and Still Love