Jetty Bar & Eats
From behind, Jetty Bar & Eats looks like a heap of shed. And that's exactly the effect that owner Miles Hull was going for.
The hospitality veteran, whose track record includes Little Creatures and Alex Hotel, was inspired by the rough-and-tumble look of the eateries scattered throughout the Greek islands. But on the inside, he's very much about delivering great food and cocktails alongside an outstanding European wine list.
Once guests enter the galvanised “shack”, the under-promise-over-deliver begins, starting with the interior's cool, timeless look. Timber cladding and rich blue tiling give the room texture. Custom-built fibreglass lights hover over the bar. A washed-out pastel palate gently channels the Mediterranean theme.
Architect Michael Patroni of Space Agency and interior designer Kate Archibald have created an environment that complements and celebrates Jetty’s waterside location on East Fremantle’s East Street Jetty. Sharp design aside, the 120-person bar also has plenty of room, including a dog-friendly, bamboo-roofed outdoor area that hums in summer.
Although Hull has drawn plenty of inspiration from low-key beachside eateries, he also cites a caravan in the Ionian Islands and Cottesloe’s legendary Van Eileen as two particularly influential memories. But he’s pitching Jetty’s food and drink offering a little higher. Greek wines are a particular focus of the cellar while the mixed drinks keep things summery, light and Italian.
Italian-born chef Marcello Segalina – once upon a time of Bistro Guillaume in Sydney – has written a similarly beachy menu that runs the gamut from Portugal all the way to Turkish coast. Think house taramasalata and squid with ’nduja butter, fried school prawns, and grilled sardines. A vertical rotisserie supplies chicken kebabs spiced with paprika and orange juice.
Although the Mediterranean Sea is a recurring theme at Jetty, management hopes the project makes people rethink the Swan River.