Tim McLernon is under no illusions about the scope of his latest opening. He’s the general manager of The Reveley, that fortress of black glass and bronze screening cutting a distinctive figure against the Swan River.
“It’s a pretty big beast,” says McLernon. “There are three levels, a lot to get hold of. We’re going to have teething problems, we’re all aware of that, but I think I have the best people employed there to help get through those. Within two weeks we’ll be on top of this place and it’ll be humming along.”
Ambitious? Perhaps. But considering The Reveley’s size and scope, it would seem McLernon and co have no problem thinking big. The Reveley, as reported by Broadsheet earlier this month, is the first permanent venue to open at Elizabeth Quay and began welcoming guests on Friday April 15.
Each of The Reveley’s three levels makes the most of those waterside views. At ground floor, it’s all about widescreen panoramas of the marina. One storey up in the dining room, those sightlines extend to King’s Park across the water, while drinkers at Henry’s Rooftop Bar enjoy 270-degree vistas of the area (at least if they’re an AFL ruckman, anyhow: those guard rails – while understandable – make it tricky for the vertically-challenged to properly admire the view). The building’s location in Elizabeth Quay’s Eastern Promenade ensures these million-dollar views will remain unaffected when construction starts on the rest of the precinct’s tenants, such as the Ritz-Carlton.
Much of the opening weekend traffic took place in the ground floor bar-slash-eatery with the kitchen doing a steady trade in Wagyu burgers, steak sandwiches, whiting fish and chips and other examples of pub comfort. Up top at Henry’s, the menu takes a turn for the summery and Mediterranean: count on the likes of marinated Fremantle octopus, cauliflower-and-zucchini fritters and bite-sized arancini. Befitting the casual nature of both the rooftop and ground-floor spaces, both venues are no-reservation.
The first-floor restaurant is where head chef Jeremy Alemayehu does his best work. Dishes such as rabbit and south-west marron roulade poll high on both technique and provenance. Crisp and juicy goldband snapper is served alongside a savoury spring onion risotto.
Marble table tops, parquetry flooring and faceted cutlery mirroring the water’s surface help set the scene for the city’s newest dining room with a view.
Eastern Promenade, Elizabeth Quay, Perth
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Mon-Sun 12pm–2.30pm; 6pm-9:30pm