We are bullish on Busselton, baby!
We’re in the midst of a Busselton boom, with a practically endless stream of exciting openings in the region – and the long-awaited Busselton Pavilion is at the forefront of this foodie frenzy.
The wine store, providore, restaurant and distillery is the latest venture from the Parker Group, the minds behind The Royal Hotel, The Standard, Dandelion and more – and Busselton Pavilion continues the theme of approachable vibes, slick service and a big focus on flavour.
The menu has been overseen by fine dining maestro turned roast chook roll expert and Parker Group Culinary Director, Brendan Pratt, with Josh de Caen (formerly of Wild Hop) taking the reins as Head Chef.
“The menu is simple,” explains Pratt.
“Well-executed and considered food that is heavily influenced around our imported specialty rotisserie and the abundance of incredible produce in the South West. From organic eggs to grass-fed regeneratively-farmed beef, beautiful line-caught seafood from the Great Southern, and local marron – a shellfish only found in the region – we are working closely with farmers and producers to showcase the best of the South West and surrounds.”
Making good use of the high-end imported French rotisserie, you can expect not just the aforementioned roast chook (in both roll and non-roll format), but hot smoked salmon, whole roasted squid with XO and succulent beef tongue skewers served with tomato XO and roti.
Of course, the south west is a seafood lover’s paradise – we reckon the marron “sanga” has potential to become a classic, and we can never resist a prawn toast, particularly when it’s a bit of a bougie take on the snack.
Wash it all down with a laid-back, coastal cocktail list expertly crafted by the Parker Group’s Spirit Director Elise Godwin (pictured below left), plus local and imported wines curated by the group’s Wine Director (and Busso local) Cyndal Petty. Non-alcs are refreshingly well-represented, too.
The attached South West Wine Shop will mean you’ll be able to pick up a few bottles for the weekend, with an eclectic range also curated by Petty. Soon, in-house South West Distiller will add to the offerings already available with Parker’s Dandelion Spirit Co., with bespoke spirits, liqueurs and more courtesy of distiller Kevin Clark (pictured below, right).
“My vision for Busselton Pavilion from the beginning was for it to encapsulate the heart and essence of the South West, and this begins with the team of hospitality innovators we have and their mutual dedication to highlighting excellent regional produce,” said Parker Group Director John Parker.
“Long gone are the days where we saw Busselton looked over in favour of other South West destinations. It is swiftly becoming the new hotspot for holidaymakers from around the state and beyond, and the Pav expands on this story by offering an approachable yet elevated pub experience.”
“Busselton Pavilion is a celebration of community, a tribute to local talent and an even more compelling reason to book a trip down south in 2024.”
Image credits: Georgia Hanson (Supplied)