Amberjack crudo buzzed up with black bean, ginger and lime. A “tartare” of startlingly fresh vegetables from the Millbrook garden served with house cottage cheese. The (one-night-only) resurfacing of Meat Candy’s sadly departed fried chicken sandwich. Just three highlights of the opening season of Turntable Takeovers, the occasional Monday night series that invites guest chefs into Tiny’s Liquor Store to play records and serve tasty, well-priced small plates.
Turntable Takeovers’ July line-up promises similar weeknight thrills, starting with Paul Aron’s Muy Bien Mezcal Party on July 1. Considering Aron was one of the founders of Beaufort Street Mexican cantina El Publico and also imports his own mezcal, the Mary Street Bakery partner seems like an ideal candidate to host a Mexican-themed shindig. (Perhaps consider telling the office you’ll be working from home on the Tuesday).
The following Monday (July 8) sees anti-waste – and anti-plastic – advocate Melissa Palinkas from Fremantle’s Young George take over the liquor store. Expect plenty of house charcuterie and big flavour plates that the pride of East Fremantle is renowned for.
On July 22, Liberte chef-owner Amy Hamilton will make the five-hour drive from Albany to Perth and bringing her trademark French-Vietnamese cooking with her. Maggi seasoning, fried shallots and Great Southern ingredients – including fun grape juice from new-wave winemakers Brave New Wine – will no doubt feature.
Turntable Takeovers are held on selected Mondays at Tiny’s Liquor Emporium. Entry is free.