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Hallelujah: a brand new gluten free bakery has opened in Balcatta!

We scurried over to Balcatta to check out Dough Street, a 100% gluten free bakery. Read our full write-up here!

Dough Street Gluten Free Bakery Balcatta Perth

Arthur Bakery opens in Scarbs

Sorry gluten free friends… This one’s not for you! After baking up a storm across Perth’s farmer’s markets and gourmet grocers, artisanal baker Arthur Bakery is setting up shop in Scarborough. Located at 115A Brighton Road (the former Stone Jetty location) and officially opening on July 21, the bakery merges ultra-traditional French technique with the influences of owner Arthur’s Brazilian, Italian and Spanish heritage.

Artem Coffee makes a move

After five years at their Mount Pleasant flagship, back in June Artem Coffee announced they’d be packing up and moving to a new location. Well, we can stop prowling the streets in hope of catching a glimpse of their new digs: they’ve officially announced that their new location will be just down the road at 769 Canning Highway, Applecross – and that they’re almost ready to open their doors!

Artem Coffee Applecross

Ten Minas transforms with a new Itameshi concept

Como café Ten Minas has been serving up their signature shokupan sandos and specialty lattes since 2022 – and they’re ready to welcome in a new era. Officially launching on July 19, they’ll be serving up a new Itameshi menu that merges Japanese and Italian cuisine. Think creamy mentaiko udon, marrow pasta, cherry duck mochi or the crowd-pleasing hamburice.

“We are constantly reminded of what our brand ‘Ten Minas’ represents – grow, and give,” the café posted on social media.

“Since we began our journey as a café, we have regularly introduced new offering to our menu, as well as seasonal and limited specials. We always felt like there is more we have, and could offer to the local community and Perth food scene.”

Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day with some fab feasts

Peruvian Independence Day is coming up at the end of the month, and you’ll have your pick of fab feasts to choose from! UMA, arguably most Perth-dwellers’ introduction to Peruvian cuisine – will be celebrating with a four-course dinner on July 26 featuring some of their most iconic dishes, including the zesty ceviche Peruano or antichuchos made with local rump cap beef. Adding to the festive vibe will be performances by Fantasia Latina, showcasing Latin American dancing.

Plus, two days later on July 28, Leederville’s Lima Cantina are celebrating with an impressive feast that’s also part of Nom Nom Festival. Happily, this year Peruvian Independence Day is falling on the same day as Día del Pisco, or International Pisco Day! You can celebrate with Lima Cantina’s shared set menu for two, featuring favourites like prawns with salsa acevichada, King Fish sashimi with rocoto tiger’s milk (pictured below), and corn empanadas.

Lima Cantina Peruvian Independence Day

Side Gate pops up at North Freo

The closure of North Freo’s Propeller was a dark day in Perth hospitality. And while Propeller isn’t back, we’re at least a little comforted to know that the space is once again home to the hustle and bustle of people and the happy clink of cutlery. Launching last month, Side Gate brings with it relaxed, neighbourhood-friendly cooking inspired by Mediterranean flavours.

“We’re so happy to be able to bring life back to the building and the neighbourhood,” said owners Siobhan Blumann and Hamish Fleming of local hospitality group Bread + Circuses (St Brigid Bar, Mechanics’ Institute, Albert’s, Flipside Burgers, Mrs Brown Bar, Guildhall Event Space).

“Side Gate is about fun, food, and wine, but more than anything it’s about a warm and welcoming place for the community to come together.”

In the kitchen, chefs Sam Wilson and Deon Jansen will be at the helm. Having cooked together all over the world, they’re excited to be back in Perth and cooking in an intimate, easygoing setting.

“It feels like you have gone to your chef mate’s place for dinner,” explains Siobhan, “where the food is damned delicious, but not everything matches!”

“We’re hoping to be able to relaunch the whole site with a new concept and some renovations this summer. Watch this space…or even better, come and see us at Side Gate!”

Side Gate North Fremantle Propeller

Hot Chim Terrace returns to Long Chim

It’s back – Hot Chim Terrace, but with a twist! Descend into the Long Chim basement playground and gather around the fire pit for gin, vodka, rum and whiskey-based cocktails, heated with a red-hot poker. Ticket includes a hot cocktail on arrival, followed by your choice of a signature hot cocktail, with spicy snacks available to purchase.

Here’s how to cop yourself a free cocky this month

World Rum Day may have been and gone on July 13, but we’re all for keeping the fiesta going all month long! Throughout July, the gang at Diplomático – one of the world’s premium rum producers – are joining forces with venues across Perth, concocting some delicious cocktails utilising Diplomático’s Reserva Exclusiva blend and slinging them for free! Participating venues include Mechanics Institute, Foxtrot Unicorn, Goody Twos and Hula Bula, and you’ll need to claim your voucher on the Diplomático World Rum Day website in advance.

No waste Mondays come to William Street

It’s no secret that Millbrook winery’s acclaimed restaurant is one of the state’s most impressive dining experiences – but we still think their No Waste Mondays are arguably their underrated gem.

Millbrook’s beloved former Executive Chef Guy Jeffreys will be embarking on a five week winter residency at William Street’s Wines of While: running from July 11 to August 5, it will happily coincide with the venue’s switch from Wednesday to Monday service, and the introduction of their own no-waste Monday meals.

As well as the introduction of a no waste Monday service, for the duration of his residency Jeffreys will bring his devotedly seasonal, low-waste approach to their Thursday-Monday service with a menu that utilises produce grown in his own kitchen garden. Snack on pickled veg, Beaconsfield olives, scallops baked in shallot sauce or preserved swordfish tonnato, or dive into comforting bowls of cavolo nero and white bean soup with chilli oil or orecchiette tossed with broccoli pesto and anchovy.

Wines of While Northbridge

Farewell, Lee Lee Lucky’s…

It’s been a rough start of the year for hospo closures and we’re bracing ourselves to lose more favourites as costs rise and wallets tighten. The latest goodbye we’re saying is to Lee Lee Lucky’s, the stylish Vietnamese neighbourhood tuckshop at the Inglewood end of Mount Lawley.

“We have cherished the relationships we have built with each and every one of you. We loved seeing families come and eat together. We loved hearing about your favourite Vietnamese meals and your travels to Vietnam,” read a statement posted to their social media on Tuesday night.

“We are immensely thankful for all your support through out our journey. Please join us in these final weeks to share one (or two) last meals together.”

“Thank you once again for being a part of our story. It has been an honour and privilege to serve you.”

If you’re keen to get one last banh mi or bowl of pho, make sure to visit Lee Lee Lucky’s before Sunday, July 21.

Lee Lee Lucky's Mount Lawley

And farewell, Dutch Trading Co.

After nearly a decade of slinging craft beers from their Vic Park pub, the Dutch Trading Co is set to also close their doors. But it’s not all doom and gloom! Not only have the team recently opened Northbridge multi-level venue Fallow, but they’ll be reopening their Vic Park premises with a new fit-out, new name and new focus on wine and cocktails.

Slow down for Slow Daze: Obi Coffee’s new West Leederville outpost

We were saddened to hear that West Leederville hole-in-the-wall Myrtle Ivy would be closing – but not long after, we were buoyed by the discovery that the team behind Obi would be taking over the community-minded café’s location to open Slow Daze. Read our full write up here!

Slow Daze West Leederville Obi Coffee

The Good Food & Wine Show returns

Returning for its 23rd year from 19 – 21 July, the Good Food & Wine Show will be back at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre for three days of eating and drinking with some of the best producers from across Australia. As well as over 200 food, wine and spirit vendors, you can also learn some tips and tricks from live cooking demonstrations and masterclasses with some impressive culinary talent from near and far – including acclaimed Perth chefs Brian Cole, Jenny Lam, Julia Buri, meat maestros CheatMeats and cooking content king Nat’s What I Reckon.

Terrarium joins forces with Old Young’s Kitchen

From the CBD to the Swan Valley! Plant-filled CBD cocktail haunt Terrarium is joining forces with Swan Valley restaurant Old Young’s Kitchen for a one-off collaborative event on Saturday, July 20. The long table dinner will pair a mouth-watering feast from the team at Old Young’s with six unique cocktails created by Terrarium’s David “Xander” Stucken and Old Young’s Patty Torres. They’ll even sort out a return bus that’ll pick you up from the city and drop you back after – so you don’t have to even think about driving!

Old Young's Kitchen Swan Valley

A new wellness café opens in Mount Lawley

Lush holistic skin clinic Fleur has expanded, with an equally lush wellness café next door. Much like the skin clinic, Bridges boasts a pared-back, minimalistic space with a mindful approach to nourishing treats – think smoothies packed with wholesome, glow-inducing ingredients, fancy toasts and coffee courtesy of lovely locals Micrology.

Do the truffle shuffle

Truffle season is officially here! Perth’s gone frenzied for the fragrant fungus – check out some of the best truffle dishes around town here.

Perth's best truffle dishes, Peter's Ca Phe, Banh Mi food truck

Aprés-ski arrives at Aloft

We may be a bit slow on this one, but better late than never! Aprés-ski has come to Aloft just in time for the cold weather – think indulgent winter bites, smoked cocktails, cosy fires and retro ski slope glamour!

Aloft Perth Apres Ski

Flora & Fauna says goodbye to Northbridge

… And hello to Freo! The technicolour, plant-based favourite has called its Northbridge laneway home for almost 10 years, and Flora & Fauna’s departure at the end of July will mark the end of an era. Don’t stress, though – they’ll be opening up in Fremantle at 3 Cantonment Street (formerly the home of Goldbird).

Flora & Fauna Northbridge, Fremantle, Vegan eats Perth

Welcome, Winston

The arrival of South Bird Hot Chicken was the salve to our sadness for the departure of North Bird – and so it goes, Winston will hopefully fill the shoes of North Bird’s adjoining wine store and small bar. The itty-bitty bar is inspired by the retro vibes of intimate jazz and blues bars of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and will its rotating menu will feature a selection of four new cocktails each week – with food also on the cards soon.

G’day, Gill St. Deli!

Back in May, we revealed the Pep’s team’s impressive Mosman Park expansion plans: adding a neighbourhood pizzeria and the takeover of Gill St. Deli to their roster of venues that also includes the lush Stuart St Cellars. Happily, we can report that Gill St. Deli has officially opened their doors! Read our full write-up here.

Gill St Deli Mosman Park

Nom nom nom: get ready to nibble your way through Leederville

Following last year’s delicious success, Nom Nom Festival is back next month for six huge weeks of eating, drinking and general delicious debauchery across a whopping 13 Leederville hospitality venues. Beginning on July 8, the program kicks off with a Pisco Masterclass and Peruvian Food Journey in the vibrant surrounds of Lima Cantina, with program highlights including a fermentation-themed feast at Servo with the gang from Alberta’s, the third volume of Tucker, a night dedicated to appreciating Australian ingredients, a deep dive into the art of deep dish at family-run pizzeria Vikka, or Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: an ode to Samin Nosrat’s groundbreaking bestseller of the same name.

Nom Nom Festival Leederville

Honky Tonk yee-haws its way into a new winter menu

Freo fave Honky Tonk has gathered plenty of steam as a rootin’, tootin’ good time since opening last winter – and they’re levelling up their food game with a brand new menu for the colder months. They’ll be slinging succulent, comforting snacks all night long: think chili con carne with corn bread, roadhouse burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and Southern sides like collard greens, mash ‘n gravy and jalapeño poppers. They’ve also got a special for every night of the week – including 50 cent wings on Thursdays and $12 negronis for Monday Open Mic Night… Consider our honks thoroughly tonked!

Honky Tonk Fremantle Winter Menu

Fleur Fridays, finally!

We’ve clearly got burgers on the brain this week – but when we’re surrounded by burgers this enticing, can you blame us? Fleur at the Royal has long been a favourite for fancy nights out, but our hankering for an ever-so-slightly bougie Friday lunch has gone unfulfilled… Until now!

Launching earlier in June, Fleur will be offering Friday lunch bookings – and they’re serving up an extra special “Fleurburger” to celebrate. House-made smoked beef fat patty, smoked gribiche, farmhouse cheddar on a shokupan bun, served with frites, bien sûr. If you’re really feeling fancy, there’s also the option to add shaved Manjimup truffle or caviar (if the boss is paying, that is).

Fleur at the Royal Friday Lunch Special Fleurburger

Spicy sips at Neon Palms

Neon Palms is putting your taste buds to the test with their new Spicy Margs Challenge, launching earlier in June. They’ve teamed up with 2 two 1 drinks to create four very spicy bois: Regular, Habanero, Ghost Pepper, Australia’s Hottest, with that last one needing you to sign a waiver before drinking! Everyone who tries the hottest one will get a polaroid pinned to the hall of flame and go in the draw to win a $100 Neon Palms voucher.

Neon Palms Northbridge Spicy Margs Challenge

FOUND finds itself two new locations

FOUND. emerged in 2022 with a bang – announcing their role in one of the most-talked about projects of the last few years, an ambitious brewery at East Perth’s Girls School redevelopment that aimed to bring the regional experience to the inner city. After that ambitious project was put on hold indefinitely, they set up shop at their leafy Byford brewpub – and now, they’re expanding even further with a new pop-up in Maylands that opened earlier in the month, and a brewpub coming soon to Subi.

Open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from 12 noon to late, FOUND. FRIENDS in Maylands will showcase not only the brewery’s own bevvies, but a range of curated cocktails, wines and spirits plus some of the crew’s favourite beers from around Australia and New Zealand. (Like what you’ve drunk? Grab a 950mL squeeler or 1.89L growler of FOUND’s brews to take home!)

The Subi brewpub have taken over the former Golden West site on Hay Street, giving the venue and its 15-hectolitre brewery an upgrade before opening later in the year.

Found Lab Brewpub Pop Up Maylands Subiaco

Artisans of the Republic returns

As the temperatures drop and winter rolls around, we can eagerly look forward to the return of the Republic of Fremantle’s dinner series, Artisans of the Republic – which brings together the all-star team at the Republic with WA’s best producers sharing insights into their artisanal processes. Running monthly from June 13 until September 12, you’ll be treated to some of the tastiest culinary products in the state while indulging in delicious cocktails, created especially for the night by the distillery.

First cab off the rank are the citrus sensations at WA Yuzu, who have collaborated with Head Chef Rene Mobius and Drinks Creative Max Giudice for a yuzu-soaked seafood feast. Tickets here.

Republic of Fremantle Artisans of the Republic

Underground izakaya Papi Katsu has opened in the heart of the Perth CBD

A subterranean izakaya merging a cyberpunk aesthetic with a refined sense of fun has opened in Brookfield Place – read our full write up on Papi Katsu here!

Papi Katsu Perth Brookfield Place

Sip and savour at Northbridge’s long-awaited Fallow

This long-awaited Northbridge pub invites you to take a more patient, thoughtful approach to dining – read more here. (We can’t encourage you with more gusto: Try the prawn toast!)

Goodbye Barchetta, hello Magic Apple

Following the announcement that Kailis Hospitality Group (The Shorehouse, Island Market Trigg among others) had won the tender for the sought-after Barchetta site on Marine Parade, George Kailis has revealed his plans for the beachfront Cottesloe location – and he’ll be bringing back long-lost wholefood brand Magic Apple. Originating in the ’70s, the cafés were known for their mantra of “mindful nourishment” – and its latest iteration will follow in the OG’s footsteps, championing nutritious whole foods. The design for the site was unveiled earlier this week, created with Dubai-based interior design studio Stickman Tribe.

“Imagine a place that looks and feels you’re in a treehouse, with an interior aesthetic to match,” explained Stickman Tribe Founder and Creative Director, Marcos Cain.

“The interior will showcase the sustainable food concept while celebrating the simplicity of untouched wholefoods, working in unison with raw materiality.”

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Magic Apple Kailis Cottesloe Barchetta

“We are very excited the see the redevelopment of such an landmark site come to life,” added Kailis.

“Part of Magic Apple’s DNA is this 70s and 80s theme resonating back to the early days of the brand and the various cultures that existed around the wholefoods movement of the period. Call it slightly hippie-esq, we were influenced by so much from old record label typography, wellbeing / spiritual graphics and posters, 70s psychedelia to linocut stamps – that the design brief was clear from the outset.”

“We’ve more than doubled our original budget for the project as we’ve unravelled more of what the site was capable of and the opportunity to create something very special here. The result is a speculator restaurant and something that we feel will be a Cottesloe icon for decades to come”.

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