Dumplings for days
Dumpling house Miss Chow’s is celebrating WA day with a Best From The West lunch of all-you-can-eat dumplings and bottomless drinks all weekend at its three locations. Fillings include Shanghainese pork, chicken and mushroom, pork and chives and more, alongside barbequed-pork buns and a vegetarian alternative, plus gluten-free options. Diners at the South Perth lunch ($90 per person) will enjoy wines from Leeuwin Estate, while Claremont and Whitford City lunches ($65 per person) will pour house red, white and bubbles, plus a local lager and non-alcoholic options. Book online.
Krug and fried chicken
Rockpool Bar & Grill is elevating its buttermilk-fried-chicken sandwich by pairing it with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée (for $85 per person) for the months of June and July. The burger – a soft house-baked bun layered with lettuce, house-made pickles and a generous slab of chicken tossed in a native-pepper-spiced batter – will be served for a limited time with a crisp onion ring (chosen specifically to pair with the champagne). “The sweetness of the crisp onion ring balances the subtle spice of the chicken and adds exceptional crunch to the sandwich, which is complemented by the fruit-driven champagne,” says executive chef Corey Costelloe. Krug Grande Cuvée is also available by the glass for $80 per pour. (The fried chicken sandwich is available for $16 without the Krug match.) Walk-ins only.
Spill the tea
Como the Treasury in the State Buildings has launched a new afternoon-tea experience in its newly renovated Cape Arid Rooms (previously the Treasury Bar and Lounge). The three interconnecting rooms now feature works by WA artists Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky of Cape Arid National Park, and 12 distinct menus that'll roll out across three years. The first (the Hill Springs edition) features bite-sized tartlets, crustless sandwiches and scones using local produce such as Mt Barker chicken; Bahen & Co chocolate from Margaret River; Chestnut Brae Farm chestnuts from Carlotta; Cambray cheese from Cundinup and Honey For Life honey from Karragullen. A pot of Teaessential tea or Mano a Mano filter coffee rounds out the offering. Champagne is also available. Book online.
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Summer might be over, but the Scarborough Sunset Markets aren’t. The winter season launches this weekend on Saturday June 5, from 3pm till 8pm, and runs every Saturday until November. Up to 50 food and retail stalls will gather around the Scarborough clocktower and under the arbours, peddling a range of street food including barbequed meats, dumplings, curries, gnocchi and crepes, and wares such as vintage and pre-loved clothes, handmade eco homewares and more. There’ll also be open fire pits (and marshmallows for toasting). Tickets aren’t required but parking can be tricky, so come early, watch the sunset and dress warm.
The Peach Pit in Scarborough is turning its burger bar into a games arcade for the long weekend – with foosball tournaments and retro arcade machines available all day. There’ll also be $10 pink gin slushies, jug specials and the venue’s signature Rum Ball in the Jungle passionfruit and spiced-rum cocktail. The kitchen, headed up by chef Nate Lowry, will be slinging beef, chicken and vegie burgers (with fries and a secret sauce) until 9.30pm. Entry is free all day on Sunday June 6 and games are free to play. Meanwhile, The Scarborough Beach Bar is pouring $8 spritzes and $8 pints this Sunday, and hosting a Little Creatures tap takeover all weekend – with $8 pints of all Little Creatures brews.