7 March 2013 by Luke McCormick
Western Australia's sunny capital, Perth, is experiencing something of a boom lately. Here's a round-up of the city's latest bar, café and restaurant openings.
New champagne lounge at Crown Perth
Crown Perth has added another offering to its wining and dining portfolio with the opening of La Vie - a premium champagne lounge. La Vie (meaning 'The Life') is open every day from 5.00pm to midnight and offers an extensive list of French Champagnes, including Dom Pérignon, Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot and Perrier-Jouët. Premium cocktails are also on offer. Beverages are complemented by a canapé menu designed by Executive Sous Chef Sean Marco, which includes WA produce such as pan-roasted Cone Bay Barramundi.
The Butterworth Bar and Kitchen
Set to open on March 21 in Exchange Plaza (in the Perth CBD), the Butterworth Bar and Kitchen is a bar, restaurant and café offering a fresh contemporary menu, impressive wine list, cocktails and coffee. With award-winning chef Damien Young at the helm, menu's are focused on in-house artisanal food combined with quality seasonal ingredients, while the American-style cocktail bar features house-made bitters and liquers. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and takeaway and delivery options are available from 6.00am until late.
Gordon Street Garage
Based in an old auto electrics garage, the newly opened Gordon Street Garage in West Perth (just out of Perth's CBD), is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day from 7.00am to late. There's a Probat coffee roaster, and a 'back garden' on site, with the menu offering simple produce designed to be enjoyed at any time of day or night. Much of the furniture and fittings are custom made from wood and steel recycled from the garage itself.
Bad Apples is a stylish new wine bar located in Ardross, a suburb just south of Perth city. It features a contemporary tapas menu by chef Tom Kelly, six beer and cider taps, and a full cocktail list including their signature cocktail 'Apple Cross Eyed.'A unique feature of the bar is its Enomatic Wine System, where patrons can taste premium wines from the automated wine dispenser. The system provides tasting notes, and allows customers to share their own personal tasting notes via social media.
Margaret River's Wine at Night Tour
Taste award winning wines, gain exclusive access to tasting rooms of family owned vineyards and meet some of the Margaret River region's winemakers as part of Taste the South's Wine at Night tour. A small group tour, the Wine at Night experience combines classic wine appreciation at several boutique wineries, followed by dinner at a vineyard restaurant. The tour often ends in the barrel room at one of the best wineries in the region, and can include a tasting under the stars.