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Inner City Watering Holes

Working 9-5 can be challenging at the best of times. And while donuts can help get us through hump day, nothing beats kicking off the weekend with Friday arvo drinks. Well Perth, it’s time to quench your thirst, because I’m bringing you the A-list of Perth’s favourite inner city watering holes. All you have to do is manage to get through the day (easier said than done).


Mayfair Lane

Taking over The Brown Fox, Mayfair Lane is a British-style gastropub offering old-school service alongside a sophisticated menu. Perth’s loveable local is the perfect place to sink your teeth into classics like bangers and mash or a fat, juicy beef burger at the pub whilst feeling a million bucks. But if you’re after something a little swankier, head over to the dining room, and check out the a range of aged steaks, twice-cooked pork belly and Cone Bay barramundi. And to wash all that fancy down, there’s plenty of by-the-glass options from a mere $8 to $44. Although the London Spritz is prettttty good (just saying).

72 Outram St, West Perth


The Stables Bar

As the old saying goes “you can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’. Well here at the Stables Bar, I can guarantee you’ll be enjoying a cocktail or two (or three?) The “house creation’ cocktails are seriously potent, but oh so good. Try the Fresh to Death – gin, Pomme Verte, watermelon juice and pomegranate liqeur. Or opt for something a little less deadly with Miss Saigon – Vodka, fraise de bois, strawberry and ginger. And in case you were wondering, Prince Harry was spotted here in 2015…

888 Hay St, Perth


Print Hall

It’s Friday night and you’re feeling pretty damn fly. Well Print Hall is the place to be. With Bob’s Bar for a rooftop breeze, Apple Daily for some chow and Print Hall ground level bar for a good time, you’ve got all bases covered. After wining wine list of the year last year, expectations will be exceeded here. Print Hall’s latest addition to the drinks menu is their twist on the famous Prohibition drink ‘Old Fashioned’ – moonshine bourbon, homemade vanilla syrup and barrel aged bitters. Prohibition is over.

Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth


Lalla Rookh

Depending on your source, this underground bar and restaurant was named for the old goldmine to the North West of Marble Bar. And while the name suggests nothing to do with Italian food or good wine, there is always demand for both. Boasting a dining room, bar, lounge, wine store and beer garden, it’s the ideal place for a Friday lunch (the kind where you don’t have to slug back to the office). The wine list has drops from star regions and makers, while the beer options on tap are aplenty. Good luck trying not to leave with a few bottles of vino for the weekend.

77 St George’s Terrace, Perth


The Reveley

Taking out the title for the best view in Perth is The Revely. Whether you opt for the rooftop or ground level view, you’re bound to see Perth in all its beauty. It’s located in the heart of Lizzy Quay, making it the perfect place to sink a few bevs post Friday night drinks at work. The cocktail list covers all the classics, but Basil’s Garden creation is perfect for those hot summer nights. You’ll find wine by the glass or bottle (depending on your mood), champagne, beer and cider on tap, house spirits and even non-alcoholic drinks for the designated drivers. Safe to say you won’t be parched.

Elizabeth Quay, Perth

A Bakers Dozen – 13 Of The Best Bakeries Around Perth

Small Print Baker

A bakery in the heart of the CBD, what more could you want, Perth. While you’re waiting for your espresso-to-go, grab a loaf of their sourdough, multigrain or rye baked in-house every morning. But if you’re too ashamed to bring a baguette back to the office, their pies and pasties are the perfect hump-day treat.

125 St Georges Terrace


Chu Bakery

Nestled on William Street, Highgate, this little bakery packs in a big crowd. Aside from their light and fluffy donuts, they’ve got some of the best organic sourdough around town. But the real winner here is their avo toast with feta whip… the 20 minute wait is totally worth it.

498 William St, Highgate


Mary St

Now with four locations around Perth, getting your hands on a loaf of Mary Street Bakery’s organic artisan bread just got a whole lot easier. Their freshly baked bread is available every day, and goes down well with their salted caramel donuts and chocolate croissants.

507-509 Beaufort St, Highgate


Lawley’s

A local favourite in Mt Lawley, Lawley’s Bakery is like bread lovers heaven. Their bread is baked fresh on the premises every day, but if you can’t make it into ML, you can find it at your local supermarket. If you’re taking a loaf of rye home, grab a few danishes for the road.

606 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley


The Woodfired Baker

After recently opening their doors in Maylands, The Woodfired Baker is baking some of the best handcrafted artisan breads, pastries and organic sourdough in Perth. And they’re doing it all in their 100-year-old woodfired oven. Their Freeform Rye is the perfect accompaniment to soups, made from a blend of organic wheat & freshly milled wholegrain rye.

194 Whatley Cres, Maylands


Harvest Boulangerie Patisserie

Next time you’re out at Scarborough beach for a swim and some sun, make sure you check out Harvest Boulangerie. If the smell of freshly baked baguettes isn’t enticing enough, their croissants sure will be.

117b Brighton Rd, Scarborough


Baker St Cottesloe

This little bakery specialise in producing some seriously superior sourdough, and when you try a slice of their organic sandwich sourdough loaf you can really tell. Their bread selection is pretty neat, they’ve got everything from Batard to Ciabatta and even a Raisin and Hazelnut loaf. And their Croissants, Éclairs and Portuguese Tarts are seriously worth the calories.

44 Napoleon St, Cottesloe

Bittersweet Bake

Tucked away in Mosman you’ll find Bittersweet Bake, a bakery with more than just bread. Here you’ll find some of the prettiest cakes (almost too pretty to eat), as well as a selection of takeaway lunch options like baguettes with prosciutto, basil and slow roasted tomato, and quiches aplenty. Grab a loaf for brekky or a sweet treat to-go, and pre-order your birthday cake while you’re at it.

2/130 Wellington St, Mosman Park


Wild Bakery

You may have seen these guys at local Farmers Markets around Perth, slicing up some of their best ‘Wild Sourdough’. But if you can’t make the Farmers Markets in time, then you need to get yourself over to their bakery in Fremantle and try their doughy goods ASAP. Everything they sell is handmade by their bakers using traditional methods. Their bread is naturally fermented sourdough, making it super light without that ‘sour’ taste. Grab a few loaves to take home, and fill up on their pastries (their croissants are insanely good!).

390 South Terrace, South Fremantle


Bread In Common

Besides baking up some of the best hot cross buns around Perth, Bread In Common have got fresh baked loaves every day for you to gorge yourself on after you’ve shared a few of their breakfast dishes in their café. But if you can’t make it all the way over to Fremantle, there’s a few delicatessens stocking their lovely loaves around Perth. To produce some of the purest wood-fired bread, the guys here use a long ferment with a slow mixing technique as well as using specially sourced flour, spice, salt and fruit.

43 Pakenham St, Fremantle

 


Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie

If you’ve ever driven down Rokeby Road in Subiaco on a Saturday around 12PM, you may have seen a line of people patiently waiting to get their hands on one of Jean-Claude’s lunch-time baguette’s. Trust me when I say these baguette’s are totally worth going in early for. When it comes to bread, this 20-year-old This French bakery has got quite the selection. From crushed rye to potato bread (in case you needed more carbs?) and brioche loaves aplenty.

333 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco


New Norcia

This bakery has been around since the 90’s when they managed to get their hands on a 100-year-old wood-fired oven, so there’s a bunch of history behind your bread. And with over 3 locations around Perth as well as a stall at Mt Claremont Primary School markets, getting your hands on a fresh loaf of authentic sourdough has never been easier.

163 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn


La Patisserie South Perth

This French Patisserie will transport you to France without the thousand dollar airfare. From the house-made crepes to the tartlets, pies, croissants and coffee, everything here is traditionally French. And when it comes to their bread, where better to grab a baguette and coffee than a French Patisserie.

35 Mends St, South Perth

 

Top 5 Breakfasts South Of The River

Only 3km out of Perth’s CBD, South Perth pays homeage to some of the best foodie destinations that Instagrammers are going #hashtag crazy over.


Gusto Food

If you’ve ever driven down Angelo street on a Saturday morning, you’d have seen the line of people waiting impatiently for a seat at a South Perth café favourite, Gusto (and for a good reason). Every dish on their menu is as good as it sounds, from their potato hot cake with avo smash, to their goats cheese scrambled eggs. But they don’t take bookings here, so you may want to get in early to avoid getting’ hangry’.

TRY: House made crumpets with berry compote, peanut gravel and yoghurt

86 Angelo Street South Perth


Sprolo

Sitting pretty on Canning Highway, Sprolo are best known for their smooth coffee brewed by Blacklist Coffee Roasters (as well as their epic menu). The café takes it’s name from a mash up of the term ‘yolo’, and ‘spro’ (a fancy barista term for espresso). But don’t expect freshly pressed juice served in mason jars here, because this fancy café is kicking it up a notch. They’ve even got a bunch of house-made spreads you’ve probably never heard of – bacon chutney, coriander cream cheese and salted gula-melaka caramel just to name a few.

TRY: Traditional Singaporean Breakfast – house-made Kaya jam on toast with soft sous vide eggs, white pepper and a dash of dark soy sauce

138 Canning Highway South Perth


Manic Espresso

Manic Espresso is easily one of Como’s favourite cafes. Not only do they serve up some of the best coffee in the precinct, their food is pretty good too. They’re all about using locally sourced and organic produce, so you can eat your food feeling 100% guilt free. And if you’re an Instagram addict, you’ll snap up one of the most intagrammable breakkies around Perth.

TRY: Golden Glory – corn and bell pepper fritters with smoked salmon, wilted spinach, poached eggs and mango chilli dressing


Halo Espresso

At Halo Espresso you can have your coffee and feel good about it too, because all of the profits made here are invested in helping fund the owners’ charity organisation, Sonlife International. While the coffee here is of course the star of this little espresso bar, the food menu is on until around 2PM, so the Sunday sleep-in isn’t off the cards.

TRY: Huevos Rancheros – spiced beans, avocado, chorizo, tortilla chips and poached eggs

82 Angelo St, South Perth


Millpoint Caffe Bookshop

Millpoint Caffee is providing literature lovers with a side of bacon every day of the week. Once you’ve chosen a book from their huge library, snap up a table, order yourself something to eat and get lost in the story. Their menu is just as good as their book collection, with everything from eggs to pancakes, muesli and French toast. And they serve up some of the finest Fiore coffee, so you’ll have no problem wasting the day away at this book café.

TRY: Breakfast Bruschetta – Tomato bruschetta with grilled minted haloumi and green pesto, served on a toasted bagel and topper with a soft poached egg

254 Mill Point Rd, South Perth

A Curry Toastie With Pankaj Sharma

If you haven’t been lucky enough to get your hands on the world’s best curry toasties, then I suggest you cancel your plans this weekend and find out where Toast My Curry will be parked. Toast My Curry is a food truck providing the people of Perth with a different kind of curry experience, and I was lucky enough to chat to the food truck owner, Pankaj Sharma about his business venture.

Firstly, what a great concept. How did the idea come about?

It all began about two years ago. My wife started teaching Indian Curry Cooking Lesson’s while she was trying to find a job, and we noticed that a lot of people loved the flavours we were creating. We wanted to do something with this, but also wanted to stay away from the typical ‘curry and rice’ thing. Full disclosure – we are not chefs. The recipes we use are all home recipes and have been passed through generations within our families.

That explains why they taste so good! So how did the toastie aspect come into it?

Back in Mumbai, toasted sandwiches are a common street food, but the fillings used in these toasties are more traditional – things like fresh vegetables and cheeses. One day while washing the dishes after a curry night at our house, we thought, why not use the toasted sandwich aspect, but instead of having a cheese/vegetable filling, we use a curry filling. And that’s essentially how the idea of Toast My Curry started. After six months of making traditional toasties, we decided to introduce Naastie’s, where regular bread is substituted for naan bread, creating an authentic Indian food experience.

My mouth is salivating!! So what made you take it to the streets in a food truck?

It was after we thought of this idea, we called in five of our closest friends (all Australian) and they all loved the concept. Not too long after that that I decided to do this full time. Since we started almost two years ago, we’ve done almost 150 events around Perth and are ready for 150 more!

Tell us about the Curry Karma aspect?

When we started this venture, our mission was how could we use the power of food to motivate kids around the world. We found that children that aren’t fortunate enough to have food see the donation of food as a motivation to study. So after some research, we decided that we would match every sale of a curry toastie with one donation. In the last year and a half we have managed to donate more than 10,500 curries to children less fortunate than us. It’s called Curry Karma and eventually we want to spread this around the world.

Wow, 10,500 curries, that’s amazing work!! So if you had to pick one of your favourite curry toasties, what would it be?

I’ll pick two. For a meat option I’d have to pick the Chicken Vindaloo, which is not hot at all. But for a vegetarian option it would have to be the Bombay Marsala, which is basically the Indian version of mashed potato cooked in light spices with coriander chutney and cheese, toasted in naan bread and topped with a samosa.


Toast My Curry is on the move every week. To find their whereabouts and get your hands on their naasties, follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

What You’ll Be Eating (And Drinking) In 2018

It looks like kale, kimchi and coconut water are so 2017. Popular American Grocer, Whole Foods recently tapped into its global buyers and experts to determine the food trends for 2018, and it’s recommended you hoard your taco shells!!

1. Floral Flowers

It seems that piping hot lattes with a side of pretty flowers are all the go for 2018. We’ll be seeing an increase of edible flowers such as lavender, rose and hibiscus being included in lattes, granolas, marshmallows and of course Instagram posts! The American grocer has named elderflower as their MVP (Most Valuable Petal).

2. Powders

If you’ve been brunching around Perth this year, the phrase ‘matcha latte’ is nothing unfamiliar to your ears. Next year we can expect to see powders like matcha, maca root, cacao and ground turmeric included in everything from baked goods to soups and even nutrition bars. The taste is certainly an acquired one, but your body will reap the benefits.

3. Mushrooms

You either love or hate this little Fun-guy, either way this vegetable is not going anywhere in 2018. In fact, it’s changing up its function. It’s rumored that we will be seeing varieties such as ‘reishi’ and ‘chaga’ (commonly used as ‘wellness ingredients’) appear in beverages like coffee and tea as well as body products like soaps and body washes. Holy Shitake!!

4. Middle Eastern Cuisine

For the love of Hummus!! Next year we can expect to see the Middle Eastern fare hit the mainstream market in a big way. But sadly this isn’t to do with hummus or falafels. While the core products will still be very much available, we’re expected to see an increase in spices such as harissa, cardamom and za’atar. It’s safe to say this will definitely spice things up in 2018.

5. Transparency

It looks like the food market in 2018 will be a heck of a lot clearer with consumers gaining additional information about their food. It has been reported that from next year, manufactures will be filling their food labels with more information. Some of the changes we’re expected to see on labels are whether or not a product is GMO-free, responsibly grown and part of fair trade.

6. Plant-based Products

It looks like vegans and vegetarians won’t be the only consumers of plant-based foods next year. Better food technology is working on making plant-based foods more appealing to meat and dairy eaters, so you and your vegan friend will be able to enjoy your ‘plant-based burger’ and nut ‘milk’ together. If that isn’t bonding, I don’t know what is!

7. Pop And Puff

Thankfully, this has no link to rice bubbles, so snap, crackle and pop are still very much safe. In 2018 there will be a new way of processing and combining ingredients. Puffed, popped and drying of ingredients will see some extremely bizarre combinations of food come together and surprise your taste buds. Think along the lines of Quinoa Chocolate Chips and Pea Crisps, healthy AND tasty!

8. Shell-less Tacos

Before you go stocking up on Taco shells, please read on. There is certainly no global shortage of Taco’s, in fact it seems that the world is loving taco’s so much they’ve created an alternate version. It has been reported that Tacos eaten at all times of the day are going to be the norm. Chefs will be pushing boundaries on what can be used as a wrapper AND filling for the Mexican treat. Dessert taco anyone??

9. Less Food Waste Is More

We’re all guilty of wasting good food, especially manufactures. But 2018 simply has no room for food waste. Next year, manufacturers will aim to use every part of a plant or animal, to help eliminate the waste, including the stems and the rinds. Pickled watermelon rinds are just one example of what we can expect to see next year.

10. Carbonation

With the no-sugar trend hitting the market globally, consumers are shying away from soft drinks and are instead turning to low-sugar alternatives. 2018 will see sparkling drinks like water or cold brew coffee increase their popularity significantly.

Perth Rooftop Bar Guide

The highly anticipated season of the year is here. Summer is the perfect time to sit atop a building, cocktail in hand, taking in some of Perth’s amazing views. Whether you’re chasing a sanctuary away from the CBD street-level buzz, or a place to pop a bottle of champers after work, Perth’s rooftop bar scene has got you covered.


Mechanics Institute

While this hidden gem may have recently been labeled Australia’s best small bar, the crew here haven’t let that get to their head. The rooftop bar here may be well hidden, but it is by no means a secret. The exposed brick and long plank tables make it the perfect place to down an Epic Bloody Mary and kick up your heels on a Friday night.

222 William St, Northbridge


Bob’s Bar

Bob’s Bar is easily one of Perth’s best rooftop bars, after all it is named after one of Asutralia’s most famous Prime Ministers. It’s the perfect watering hole for casual drinks after work, drinks before dinner and even after. Drink recommendations include the Bob-zie – mulled apple cider with cinnamon cloves, ginger, maple syrup and vanilla spiced rum. However, if you’re after something to share, a jug of Bob’s Homemade Ice Tea won’t go astray.

125 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Sweetwater Bar 

New to East Fremantle and taking its position on the top floor of the new Richmond Quarter building is Sweetwater Bar, bringing us flamingly good cocktails with a side of seriously good Asian eats. While this venue is accessed via its own exclusive lift and cordoned off by a red rope, you don’t need to be a VIP to get in (but you sure will feel like one). Cocktail wise it’s hard to pick a favourite, but the Sweetwater is pretty much always a crowd pleaser.

Level 6, Shop 116 1 Silas St, East Fremantle


The Reveley

The Revely was the first café, restaurant and bar to open at Elizabeth Quay. Once you’ve satisfied your pork belly cravings downstairs, head upstairs to Henry’s Rooftop and check out the view of our favourite city, Perth. The cocktail list has all the classics as well as a few ‘creations’ like Sweet Tooth Fairy – Vodka, blue curacao, watermelon, bubblegum and lemon juice. But the real winner here is the food. The buttermilk fried chicken wings are extremely hard to share, and the spicy pork belly bao buns are just as the name suggests, spicy!!

Eastern Promenade, Lot 901 Riverside Dr, Perth


New Normal

Tucked away on Railway Road, New Normal has claimed the iconic Simon Chugg building as its stomping ground. This hidden gem is bringing with it a community-focused wine bar and kitchen, all thanks to two of Australia’s most exciting chefs; Charlie Vargas and Chris Malone. Being a wine bar, the drinks menu is quite vino-heavy, but never fear, the waiters here are more than happy to bring you one of their finest glasses of Red, White or anything in between. However, it just wouldn’t be right to disregard their cocktail menu, especially when their signature cocktail contains the word Pavlova…

2/23 Railway Rd, Subiaco WA 6008

Linen Pieces You Need This Summer

With the warm weather starting to kick in, your wardrobe is in desperate need for a spring/summer update. This season everyone’s loving linen, and it’s not hard to see why. Taking out the crease factor, the light, breezy fabric practically screams summer. So I’ve picked out five of my favourite linen pieces you can easily pair with almost anything.


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The Linen Jumpsuit

Trust me when I say, this linen jumpsuit will be your go-to this summer. It’s perfect for those cool summer nights, and completely effortless. Pair it with some slides during the day or dress it up with some wedges for an evening look. And the winning factor, you can eat as much as you like because nobody can sense a food baby under that outfit!


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The Linen Crop

This little white linen crop is worth all your savings. Pair it with a denim skirt and some hoops and you’ll feel like a whole lotta woman! Amp it up even more with a loud pair of printed shorts. It’s a wardrobe staple that you’ll wish you got your hands on sooner!

 


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The Linen Skirt

Aside from the fact that red is a HOT colour this season, this wrap skirt is a must-buy. Designer and director of the brand Rue Stiic takes her inspiration from her travels between Bali, Southern California and coastal Australian cities. For a casual look, pair the Desi Mini Skirt with a plain white tee. But if you’re feeling a little over-confident, rock a bit of red on red with a lip to match.


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The Linen Slip Dress

One can never have too many slip dresses. And this nude linen slip dress ticks all the boxes. With an affordable price, a simple style and a subtle colour, it’s a core piece this summer. Throw on a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt underneath to get you through the day, or chuck a denim jacket over for those cooler summer nights. Consider your ‘first date’ outfit sorted.

Dog Friendly Pubs In Perth

We all know how hard leaving your pooch at home can be, especially when you’re heading out for a drink at the end of a long, hard week. Thankfully that won’t ever be the case again. This list of pubs and bars cater for both you AND your furry friend, so you’ll never have to drink alone again!


Little Creatures

Take a walk along the Fremantle hub, play some fetch in the park, and stop off at Fremantle’s local favourite, Little Creatures. You’ll find drinks aplenty, including their finest local brew. Just make sure you order yourself a side of fries (with aioli of course) to share with your best friend.

40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160


Propeller

There’s really not much Propeller can’t do right. And now that you can bring your four-legged friend along to enjoy a hot summer night on their outdoor terrace is really just a plus. Who knows, your pup may even just make a friend or two!

222 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle WA 6159


The Sandbar

After you’ve taken your pooch for a dip in the doggy beach, take your sandy feet over to The Sandbar where you sit and watch the sun go down over Scarborough beach. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, it’s recommended you take full advantage of their $10 Espresso Martini’s!

1 Scarborough Beach Rd, Scarborough WA 6019


The Rosemount Hotel 

Casual beers at The Rosemount Hotel are always a good idea. Bring your hound along and you’ll be in for a stellar Sunday night. There’s always live music and plenty of cocktails to go around. Food here is a must, sharing is however optional.

459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth WA 6006


The Royal

No trip to East Perth can be complete without a pit-stop at The Royal. Boasting water front views and a pub atmosphere, your four-legged friend is sure to enjoy his day out. The bar menu has everything from Oysters to Pizza, while the beverages menu is overwhelmingly detailed.

60 Royal St, East Perth WA 6004