Husband and wife Cris and Sarita Leal grew up in Victoria Park. When they got to drinking age, they looked around their neighbourhood and realised the area lacked the vibrancy of destination areas such as Mount Lawley and Leederville.
Their remedy, The Precinct Restaurant, is open and welcoming. It’s the sort of place they’d always wanted as their local. Come for breakfast or a coffee; a casual drink; a meal or share plates. There’s a wall-to-wall mural by local artist Marek Szyler and custom metal work pieces that add an industrial character.
Seating is mostly restaurant style, though bar flies are welcome and there’s spots at the open kitchen counter. The Euro-leaning, share-friendly dishes are mostly driven by salty ingredients such as capers, cheese and pork belly, but there’s always a sophisticated edge. There are specially designed set menus for large groups, or you can let the chefs choose.
Given these eats, it’s no surprise there’s plenty to drink. The beer menu will delight enthusiasts with more than 20 different craft brews. All the wines are minimal intervention and sourced from small producers. Both lists rotate frequently.
The Precinct’s popular Urban Cellar Door events showcase a different winery each month, offering fun and informal educational sessions with winemakers.