Be calm. Be considerate. Be kind.
If we as a hospitality industry – the chefs, front of house, eaters, farmers, brewers, distillers, photographers, publicists, delivery people; in short, everyone – want to stay on top of this coronavirus situation, we’re going to have to do it by looking out for each other. Wherever we’re seated at the table, we’re all going to have to play our part.
Many venues in Perth, at least in the short term, are going to have to switch to takeaway and delivery services to keep the money flowing. For those of us wanting to support beloved venues through this tough – nay, shitty – time, consider this your green light to spend.
These are some of the places I’m looking forward to getting behind over the short term, while we self-isolate and stay ahead of this pandemic. (We’re also going to be updating this master list of Perth venues as we get details. Diners might like to bookmark it for future reference. Venues, get at us!). If you’re in a position to do the same for your favourite venues, we’re sure the help will be appreciated.
Ramen-fried chicken. Woodfired octopus hit with ’nduja. Mushroom togarashi. Melissa Palinkas has a thing for big flavour. Young George’s new selection of takeaway family meals (from $80 to $110; feeds four to six) and meals-for-one let you bring a little (or a lot) of the East Freo small bar home with you. Replicate the YG booze experience and hit up Palinkas’s neighbours at Liquor Barons.
On Saturday, this community-minded Vic Park cafe launches Manna for the People, its range of ready-made family-sized meals. The range includes trays of comfort-dining favourites such as butter chicken and Thai red beef curry ($37); and lasagne, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, pies, and quiches ($24). These meals are heat-and-serve and can also be frozen.
Manuka Woodfire Kitchen
Kenny McHardy doesn’t just man his restaurant’s woodfired oven, he’s a passionate middleman between us and many of the state’s better farmers and producers. (McHardy, for starters, was the first chef to start using ingredients from Warren Grange produce). Translation: not only is getting Manuka food to go a masterclass in producing earthy, comforting flavours, it’s also a snapshot of homegrown, Western Australian deliciousness
Excellent tempura is the calling card of this bijou Japanese restaurant in Applecross. In addition to offering à la carte dining at dinner – which used to be tasting-menu-only – the restaurant also offers a short menu of excellent tempura donburis, a sashimi set and a packed bento box.
Everyone’s favourite southern Italian wine bar has recently launched a pick-up menu featuring highlights from its broadly Mediterranean offerings: think gnocchi with sugo, mixed salumi, Sicilian meatballs and other joys of European-style long-lunching.