What Sofika did next
Emerging cooking talent Sofika Boulton has swapped Mount Lawley for Mount Hawthorn with the former Bar Rogue head chef now on the pans at Sonny’s. Today (Wednesday May 31) marks Boulton’s first day on the job and she’s signalling her arrival with a new menu of wine-friendly snacks: think flatbread, chicken liver parfait enriched with toasted wattleseed, plus whole Manjimup rainbow trout, reverse-butterflied and grilled whole over the kitchen’s roaring firepit. For afters, there’s chocolate tart spiked with amaretto – a strong endorsement for Sofika’s current less-is-more approach. “The food is more pulled-back than what I’ve done in the past, but I think I want to cook more pulled-back,” she says.
Perth’s longest-running sake festival returns
Sake No Jin Perth, Tsunami’s annual celebration of sake and Japanese food and culture, returns to Mosman Park this June. On the weekend of June 10 & 11, the restaurant’s courtyard transforms into a sake drinker’s paradise with guests able to taste more than 90 different sakes in a variety of styles ranging from cloudy and unfiltered to aged expressions. Whisky, umeshu and other Japanese spirits will also be available, as will Japanese festival food. Tickets including unlimited tastings are $55.
A different kind of rare beef
In dining circles, rare beef is usually a reference to done-ness. This winter, Rockpool Bar & Grill wants to shift the discussion to a different kind of rare meat. On Thursday June 29 and Thursday July 27, the restaurant will host Rare Breed Steak Tasting dinners showcasing three unique breeds of beef reared by Victorian cattle farmer David Blackmore. While Blackmore might be synonymous with Wagyu, these dinners will showcase the family’s other breeds including Mishima, Rhone, and Rubia Gallega, the famous Galician beef from north-west Spain. Tickets are $250.
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A heavyweight winter long lunch
After fine-tuning his craft at major Sydney restaurants such as Tetsuya’s and Bentley, Rishi Naleendra relocated to Singapore in 2014 and has been steadily establishing himself as a chef to be reckoned with. (Cloudstreet, his two-Michelin-starred tasting menu restaurant, is awash with meticulous technique and devastating deliciousness; Fool is his contribution to Singapore’s nascent wine bar scene; while Kotuwa revels in our man’s Sri Lankan heritage.) In July, Naleendra brings his know-how to WA for the Winter Feast lunch, one of the marquee events on this year’s Cabin Fever program. Together with key WA chefs Evan Hayter (Arimia), Luke Foyle (Juanita’s) and Calum McKechnie (Lalla Rookh), Naleendra will help prepare lunch for 100 guests, showing off regional produce. Tickets for the lunch are $180 and are available online alongside other details of this year’s program.
An unbeatable roast chicken meal deal
Few dishes are as comforting as roast chook. But just in case you’ve forgotten how good the classics can be, consider booking in for Tiny’s Half Price Chicken and Chardy deal. Throughout June, you can score one of the restaurant’s famous rotisserie chickens (together with Mexican-leaning accompaniments including guindilla-pickled chillis, dirty rice and a mole poblano) for the bargain price of $30. Like the offer suggests, cut-price chardonnay – another excellent accompaniment, incidentally, for roast chicken – is also available with glasses of selected Marchand & Burch Great Southern chardonnay starting from $9 per glass and $37.75 by the bottle. This offer is only available to guests who book online and isn’t available for walk-in customers.