There’s SO much happening in the City of Perth these days. Food festivals, events, special dinners… the list goes on and on. And now for the month of April and May, ‘Let’s Thursday Like It’s Friday’ is back! I mean why do we have to wait for Friday to roll around to start getting our food and drink on? With 52 venues and 4 precincts on board this year, there’s definitely lots to do.
Check out the website to see what’s on: https://www.visitperthcity.com/letsthursday
Throwing myself into the Lets Thursday world, I tried out two offers available: the donut burger at Varnish on King and the sake and sashimi deal at Market Grounds. But there are lots more I’ve got my eye on… in fact, here’s my shortlist:
– Gnocchi Thursdays at Gazette (especially useful since its so close to my work)
– The Heritage’s five bar snacks and a carafe of wine for $50
– Cheese and Old Fashioned nightcaps at Fromage Artisans
– Shadow Wine Bar’s Aperol Spritz for two with prosciutto, olives and bread for $30
– 8 Ball espresso cocktail at Halford (collaboration with Sue Lewis Chocolatier)
Every one of these sounds like a good way to kickstart the weekend a day early!
The donut burger at Varnish on King is nothing short of insanity. Two layers of succulent beef, gooey melted cheese, smokey bacon and spicy honey sauce between two glazed donuts – then topped with crispy onion rings and accompanied by a side of sweet potato fries ($26.00).
It’s pretty crazy: sugary and salty at the same time, offering so much decadence in each bite that you’re left drooling. My favourite part was the onion rings. They were so utterly morish that I could have eaten a whole tray of them.
If you haven’t been to Varnish before, this is the dish to be lured in by. Inside you’ll find an intimate and dark whiskey bar that is at basement level. It’s the perfect hideaway, and a popular joint for city goers to visit after work (or during for some too!).
After such a rich offering one Thursday, the next I visited Market Grounds for their sashimi and sake.
Modern, inviting and versatile, Market Grounds will go down in Perth’s history for more than just its excellent atmosphere, but as an inner-city pub that pays homage to its historical roots as a market place. Located in Kings Square, the new double-storey pub is the first link between the CBD and Northbridge in more than 100 years, as part of the newly revitalised Perth City Link.
Their plate of sashimi is as pretty as a picture. Plated with kingfish, salmon, scallops, seaweed, pickled ginger and more, and warm sake on the side, it’s a light and refreshing dish. In my case, the perfect after work snack to enjoy with a colleague. I really loved the salmon in particular – even though it is a common sashimi feature, it can be so damn gorgeous when fresh. And this definitely is!
So hopefully I’ve got your tummy rumbling and your calendar starting to free up on Thursdays so you can take part in the festivities. Run, don’t walk. Thursday will be here soon enough!
Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post by City of Perth.