Italian chef and television personality Guy Grossi has announced he will be opening his first restaurant in Perth.
Due to open in April at the new Hibernian Place development in the city’s east end, Garum will be a 120-seat restaurant focusing on the food and wine traditions of ancient Rome.
“It’s simple but delicious food that ticks a lot of boxes for me,” says Grossi of the restaurant’s regionally specific focus. “I like the idea of not just having an Italian restaurant, but having something that’s quite specialised.”
While the menu is still being finalised, the chef behind Melbourne Italian stronghold Grossi Florentino says pasta will feature prominently. Among the Roman classics diners can find on the regularly changing menu: carbonara (yes to guanciale, egg and pecorino cheese; no to cream) and chilli-spiked bucatini all’Amatriciana. Lucanica, a lightly smoked sausage, will be another distinctly Roman menu item. Farro and other ancient grains are also on the agenda and Grossi expects the kitchen to go through plenty of the restaurant’s namesake: Roman fish sauce. Wines from Lazio will share cellar space with West Australian wines.
Although Grossi is overseeing the menu, long-time Grossi empire chef Mario di Natale – last stoking the coals at Melbourne’s Florentino Grill – is relocating to Perth to run Garum.
The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and bar dining will be available. Aperitivo food and drink specials will be offered in the afternoons between 4.30pm and 6pm.
Opening alongside Garum in Hibernian Place will be an all-day eatery by Graham Arthur (Gordon Street Garage); Perth’s first outpost of cult Melbourne burger restaurant, Huxtaburger; a rooftop bar by Andy Freeman (Flour Factory, Varnish on King) and a coffee roaster by Mary Street Bakery. Hibernian Place was also be home to the city’s first Westin Hotel as well as Perth’s Uber headquarters.
Garum opens April 27.