Winters in Perth are a mixed bag of weather options. Rainy, stormy days are inter spliced with crispy yet sunny occasions that make you feel like summer isn’t far away at all. With a recent Sunday graced by this type of condition, Jeremy and I took advantage of it by heading out for a casual lunch at Bad Apples Bar at the invitation Jason, one of the owners.
I’ve actually never made it to Bad Apples before, though it’s been on my list of ‘one days’ for ages. Getting south of the river isn’t as easy as I’d like it to be. But at least I found my opportunity this time round to cross another wish list venue off!
With the sunlight streaming in through the windows, we chose a cosy corner seat, relaxing into the padded couches. With a range of seating options like high stools, low tables and more outside, you can just see yourself hanging out in a group to enjoy a few drinks with some share plates of food.
Speaking of drinks, I decided to try their signature cocktail – the apple cross eye ($15.00). Made with Zubrowka vodka, Chambord, gingerbread and apple it was lightly sweet and fruity going down, but left a strongly spiced gingerbread flavour lingering on my tongue long after. Really, really delicious.
Jeremy and I decided to pick a couple of dishes each to share so we could enjoy our leisurely lunch slowly and relax in true Sunday fashion. The seared scallops with cauliflower puree and chorizo ($18.00) caught my eye and were the first plate to hit our table.
Lightly seared they were cooked well, remaining slightly translucent in the centre. I thought the cauliflower puree could have been a touch creamier personally, but the chorizo was meaty and slightly spicy.
The wagyu beef sliders (2 for $16.00) were an impressive plate – simple but well executed. The buns were buttery and toasted on the outside, with soft, fluffy centres. The beef was peppery, topped with a BBQ chipotle sauce, mozzarella and sitting atop of iceberg lettuce and tomato. Juicy, well seasoned and heroed the meat and bread in particular.
The chili polenta with mushroom, sherry and blue cheese ($18.00) had a real kick to it – and I was pleased to see the polenta as one long crispy chip – though I do love a good soft polenta too. The mushrooms were earthy and flavoursome, soaking up the sherry while working well with the creaminess of the cheese.
As enjoyable as this dish was, the duck tacos (three for $20.00) were the standout for our lunch. Plated simply with grilled flour tortillas and topped with greens, pineapple salsa and creamy chipotle sauce, they really delivered in the flavour stakes.
The serving size of meat was generous, the pineapple offering a sugary sour hit. Again, it was a simple dish but really hit the spot and filled my belly with tasty duck. Yum!
While we could have stuffed ourselves a bit more with dessert, we were feeling quite sated at that point and were happy to relax a little longer before heading home. A lovely afternoon with attentive service and well executed food. Big thanks to the Bad Apples Bar team for looking after us during our visit.