Fun. It’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Print Hall – remember the precinct’s strict dress code when it opened? – yet the F-word is precisely what Print Hall’s newest venue is all about.
Shake hands with Gazette, an all-day Italian-themed bar and restaurant that’s taken over the former ground floor dining room. Gone is the dining room’s wall of wine and Scandinavian-style furniture and minimalism: in its place, plains of marble, dark timber and a clubby aesthetic that’s equal parts Tom Ford and Martin Scorsese.
“People have been using the word ‘sexy’ a lot, and I think it is,” says Print Hall general manager, Sebastien Lepoittevin of early guest feedback. “A lot of people are saying the space feels right, that it almost should have always been like this from the start. The dining room was a very different experience and felt separate to the venue. There’s a real harmony to the space now when people walk in.”
Just as the space conjures a modern Italian vibe, so too does the cooking of new head chef and Cantina 663 alum Giles Bailey: think elegant bar snacks a la bottarga and toast, house-made pasta, and Margaret River beef cooked in a Josper charcoal oven. Best on ground right now, however, is the pizza, slow-fermented for 72 hours to produce a toothsome crust that’s crisp and puffy in all the right places. The pizza menu is as concise as the number of ingredients topping pie. Although the full carte is only served during lunch and dinner service, pizza and a clipped bar snack menu is available all-day as well as in the main bar.
Beverage director Damien Thomine, meanwhile, has designed a drinks list designed to thrill. The cocktails are Italian in spirit, both figuratively and literally (read: plenty of Campari and amari, Italy’s famous bitter herb-infused spirits) while the wines have been cherry-picked from around the Mediterranean.
Ground floor, Print Hall, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
(08) 6282 0000
Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm