Subiaco is springing back to life. It’s pretty clear that’s the case with the opening of the new Vibe Hotel, and with it, a rooftop bar and restaurant called the Storehouse. The views are breathtaking as they look over the city skyline, and the fit out is quite lux – marble and gold accents. It’s modern, fresh and there’s so much natural light teaming in that my soul sings.
I’d heard about the Storehouse from the guys at Lulu La Delizia, which is one of my regular haunts and still one of my favourite restaurants in Perth. They gave it a big thumbs up, so the next weekend I found myself there with a girlfriend to see what all the fuss was about.
The staff were super attentive, despite it being a busy Friday evening. And the food and drinks came out in a timely manner, which shows that these guys have found a good operating rhythm already.
We started off with a cocktail and glass of wine, then quickly dove into the menu at large.
First up: of course I couldn’t go past the Dandaragan organic beef tartare. It has real Japanese vibes to it, and the flavours are really punchy with the use of harissa, black garlic and yuzu. Then our Fremantle octopus came out as pretty as a picture, with verjus, mallorquina, pickled berries and nori. Oh this was so yum – playing on the sweet, savoury and sour angles, and that octopus was cooked just right so it has the correct amount of chew to it. Yum.
We wanted the chargrilled asparagus with cured egg yolk and chilli almond emulsion, but it was replaced with broccolini on that occasion – which is not bad in my eyes at all. I love both equally. And it was actually my favourite dish despite being a simple side. It was just so tasty and both fresh and decadent at the same time.
And then there was the pan-fried gnocchi with chilli-lime, heirloom tomatoes and stracciatella. Any dish that uses burrata or stracciatella is a winner in my eyes because cheese is life. And this was so comforting, so flavoursome and so addictive. I would eat this over and over again if my body was happy having that much rich food in its life. It was just delicious.
While we were quite sated after those meals, on to dessert of a chocolate delice with raspberry sorbet; and a salted banana semifreddo with strawberries and white chocolate. I know most people are choc fiends, but it was the semifreddo that I enjoyed the most – it was balanced, creamy and had just the right pops of fruit to lift your palate.
All in all, quite a delicious meal! I’d love to go back soon for a long lazy lunch to try more – but as far as first impressions go, this was very successful.