Terrace Cocktails, Woodfire Grills & Spanish Tapas: Three CBD Faves Are Back!

Ascua Restaurant, Perth
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Woodfired feasting and CBD views? Sangria and snapper ceviche? The flavours of Spain are returning to Perth’s city centre, with the long-awaited reopening of two beloved venues in the heart of the CBD.

Ascend above the hustle and bustle of Hay Street and head up to The Loft Lounge & Bar, reopening from March 1. One of the city’s hidden gems, the outdoor terrace overlooking heritage facades on Hay Street is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down after a long day at work, sipping on West Australian wines and a curated cocktail list – plus a few bites from that grazing-style menu.

And what’s better than sitting back, taking a moment and enjoying a crafty cocktail?

The Loft Lounge & Bar, Perth

Downstairs things take a moodier, more intimate turn with Ascua (which reopened on February 1), continuing the Spanish flavours of neighbouring Heno & Rey (more on that later), but taking them up a notch in the dramatic wood fired kitchen, helmed by Chef and Director of Restaurants and Bars, Andrew McGie.

Ascua Restaurant, Perth

The leather-clad booths are crying out for date nights – watch the flames fly as you indulge in a decadent, 40-day dry aged Stirling Ranges tomahawk, imbued with the flavours of olive and banksia charcoal. Reee-oww!

Ascua Restaurant, Perth

Of course, if a hulking tomahawk is feeling a little ambitious, you can also delve into the rest of the refined à la carte menu, where you’ll find refreshing tomato gazpacho served with orange poached Exmouth prawns and olive oil caviar, or fresh goats cheese with torched tomato, fresh honey and crumbled walnuts.

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Seasonal vegetables also benefit from the touch of the flame, topped with fried garlic and chilli, manchego, anchovies and garlic or a lemon yoghurt with cumin and oregano.

Next door you’ll find it’s fiesta time! Stop in under the palm tree for a little slice of Spain in the CBD at Heno & Rey. Perched on the corner of King and Hay Streets (perfect for people watching), bring in the weekend with a few juicy glasses of their signature sangria and dive into that vibrant tapas menu.

Heno & Rey, Perth

Expect to see fast-paced tapas favourites like charcutería, albondigas, snapper ceviche and deliciously charred bread topped with anchovies, sardines or fresh tomato. Feeling extra hungry? You can’t go past the Rey Pollo: succulently marinated and served with an almond picada, it’s a meal fit for a king.

Stuck at your desk and feeling thirsty? Whether you’re dropping in for a drink after work or on your way to a show at His Majesty’s across the road, if you get there between 5 and 6pm Monday to Thursday, you’ll be able to sip on a selection of happy hour specials for only $8 each.

If, like us, you’re salivating just reading that, you can book a table here and follow Ascua, Heno & Rey and The Loft Lounge & Bar on Instagram.