“Local content, less waste. Finding tomorrow’s baseline.”
As far as mission statements go, New Normal’s Instagram bio certainly is ambitious, but this spirited wine bar and kitchen is walking the walk.
Taking up residence in a former furniture warehouse in Subiaco, New Normal is very much in step with the zeitgeist. Distressed brick and minimal, Scandinavian-style furniture dot the room. Bar seating surrounds the open kitchen complete with wood-burning oven.
Every aspect of the operation has been designed to soften its carbon footprint, starting with a strong focus on West Australian producers. Ingredients are sourced from throughout the south west, treated with a light touch in the kitchen, and cast as heroes of carefully composed dishes such as a spring-time arrangement of squash, broadbeans and house-made ricotta. Elsewhere, fat tendrils of Fremantle octopus get played off against sweet roasted pieces of fennel.
The drinks list is equally parochial and has a strong bent towards the lo-fi, boutique and “natural”. Dishes and wine choices are scrawled in chalkboard while owners are constantly making strides towards eco-friendliness (they’ll even share their discoveries on the decidedly dinner party unsuitable topic of organic waste management).
A rooftop bar boasts views of the surrounding area and serves charcuterie and bar snacks.