Back in the day Subiaco was the spot to be. Best restaurants, best bars, best street festival. But times have changed, rent skyrocketed and over time sadly Subi lost a bit of it’s lustre. However there’s a sense in the air that all that is about to change. And the timing couldn’t be better since my office is about to relocate from Osborne Park to Subiaco!
So when the team at City of Subiaco invited me to their first See Subiaco progressive dinner and drinks tour, I was excited to attend and get to know what will be my new daytime neighbourhood.
We started off the evening at Refuge Small Bar for beer tasting. It’s a new bar that is where Fire and Ice used to be, and one that specialises in local craft beers on tap. I can imagine this will be a popular choice for others in my new office!
Keeping to a tight timeframe, we made our way to the Regal Theatre to meet the cast of Blanc de Blanc (which we then watched the following week – hilariously good!), before finding ourselves at Double Double Small Bar to sip on cocktails and feast on some delivered mini banh mi bites from Baguette Me Not.
I’ve been wanting to check out Double Double for awhile now – and it’s pretty cool! It’s a proper dive bar (minus the grime) with a good selection of booze, and best of all you can order food from nearby restaurants to be delivered, or bring in take away with you. Fried chicken and cocktails? Yes, I could do that!
Next up were two different cocktails and a generous selection of share boards at The Village Bar. It’s been a few years since I was last here but it’s good to see they had a pretty busy house when we were there, and the vibe was upbeat and celebratory. The squid dish was an absolute standout here!
Continuing along our walking tour, the next stop was one I was particularly excited about – a preview of Lulu La Delizia, Joel Valvasori’s new joint. Since leaving Lalla Rookh I feel like I have been dying from anticipation and since attending the event he’s now opened! Can’t wait to get in there and try out the handmade pasta and sauces which smash you in the face with their flavour.
While we didn’t get a chance to dine there that evening, we did get a take-home bottle of Joel’s vegetarian sugo, which I happily cooked up the next night with pasta. Bliss!
From Italy to France… the next stop was the famed Bistro Felix for some quality canapés and a cocktail featuring hibiscus flower. This is a Subiaco institution and if not for the food and wine, make sure you come by to check out the impressive art collection on the wall.
The Subi Hotel was our penultimate stop – and I have to say I was pleased to see it on the itinerary. It’s definitely an institution, and one I always enjoy dining at. With plump scallops and cheese croquettes to enjoy with our zingy tropical cocktails it was an enjoyable way to round out the savoury portion of the evening.
And what came next for dessert was definitely a sweet ending!
At Bistro des Artistes we not only were lucky enough to meet Alain Fabregues, WA’s most decorated chef of Loose Box fame, each member of our group received a different dessert! And of course we were all too happy to trade bites and swoon over the range, technique and impressive flavours on offer.
For me this was a really special part of the evening. Hearing Alain share some of his life experiences, highlights of his career and his passion for food is something I don’t think I’ll ever forget. He’s very charismatic and I found myself laughing at all his anecdotes and wanting to know more!
With Max Veenhuyzen as our host for the evening to encourage conversation and education, it was a truly enjoyable experience – and a great way for me to learn all about the comeback I believe Subiaco is going through right now. Just in time for my impending move!