One of Perth’s long-time dining favourites is set to rise from the ashes, with Apple Daily set to reopen within Print Hall’s multi-level relaunch – and original chef Sunny De Ocampo is returning to the helm!
Scheduled to reopen on September 22, the new menu will see a new twist on the original venue’s hawker-style, fusion fare. Lured back from his travels abroad, as Consulting Chef De Ocampo will be serving up an eclectic mix of modern Asian cuisine that meanders throughout the Pacific, with a distinct De Ocampo Spanish-Latin flair.
This Pacific focus mixed with Western Australia’s diverse coastline means seafood is, of course, at the centre – whether its freshly shucked oysters or sashimi from the bespoke raw bar “SUBO” or octopus imbued with the charcoal of the hibachi grill.
From the land, you’ll find crispy-skinned lechon served with the unmissably tangy Sawasawan sauce, tender, peanutty kare kare slow-braised beef short ribs, or a twist on the Apple Daily OG favourite Saltwater Duck, which has now been transformed into an al pastor-style taco, with melt-in-your-mouth, succulent duck and perfectly zingy pineapple.
“We’ve done rendang, pad thai, salt and pepper squid – I don’t want to sing that song any more,” De Ocampo explains.
“If I’m going to do this, I’m going to tell a different story. Chefs are storytellers, and it’s time for me to (re)tell my story now, which has been 35 years in the making.”
On the cocktails front, there’s plenty whet one’s proverbial whistle – and the flavours don’t let up once they’re in a glass. Think a spiced chai negroni, a refreshing ginger and lemongrass gin fizz, or a “deadly” yuzu Yamazaki sour.
Apple Daily is scheduled to reopen on September 22, and will be located on the mezzanine level of Print Hall.