Gordon St. Garage
Nic Trimboli has a hand in many thriving establishments (Bread In Common, The Alex Hotel, Hippocampus Distillery), but Gordon St. Garage is most similar to his previously owned and revered Little Creatures. Bringing an element of Freo to West Perth, the warehouse’s intimate vibe is well worth a taste.
East coast-based Foolscap Studio designed the industrial-meets-Italian fit out – a nod to the area’s history and Trimboli’s heritage. As the name suggests, it was an old car garage for decades but before that, it was home to Blue Seal chocolate factory.
The Blue Seal logo remains above the entry, as do remnants of the building’s mechanical past. The euro inspired decor includes re-upholstered bus-seat booths and patterned tiles. Photographs around the restaurant are of Trimboli’s suppliers (such as Kakulas Bros and The Re Store) and are a testament to his long-standing relationships.
The food continues the homage. Mano a Mano, meaning “hand by hand”, is Gordon St.’s own coffee roasted on premises. The handmade pasta dishes are traditional but not without flair. And the barbequed salmon, quinoa, fennel and orange salad can’t go without a mention.