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STOP PRESS Milkd Subiaco has changed it’s name to Mimosa (1 Forrest Street). Look out for a new menu this summer. Also make sure you drop into new bakery on the block - Layers Bakery at Subiaco Square is your new go-to for artisan produced breads and baked treats.
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STOREHOUSE RESTAURANT AND BAR 9 Alvan Street Chef Marc Eskdale’s squid ink risotto so impressed Rob Broadfield that the West Australian’s food reviewer dug deep into his thesaurus for words to express his pleasure - “a risotto of rare beauty . . . black as anthracite, glossy, al dente, seasoned properly with a spider web of jet-black squid ink tuile laid across the rice”. Not bad for a 4
rooftop venue that’s only been open for a couple of weeks. As summer nights beckon, we can’t wait to follow Mr Broadfield’s lead and feast, courtesy of Marc’s creativity, on seasonal, locally-sourced dishes like La Delizia Latticini Stracciatella, freshly shucked oysters and salted banana semifredo. If you’ve got a crowd of 10 or more, order the $75 Kitchen Selection option with the 16-hour slow roasted lamb shoulder with black garlic as a centre piece. There are
From festive food to feasting made easy, when the heat ramps up - Subi venues pull out all the stops to make this summer the best yet. By Gabi Mills.
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canapé packages available for the end of year from $25 per person which we think is a bargain for one of the hottest new places in town. Top tip - this place is going to be jumping as the weather heats up and the sunsets are set to stun.
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BLOODY FRENCH 279 Rokeby Road If you’re feeling stir crazy thanks to those pesky closed international borders, head to France and rediscover the Medoc, villages of the Côte de Rhône and Burgundy
courtesy of Bloody French. Of course, with all those delicious wines you’ll want to immerse yourself in a properly Gallic meal - and they’re more than happy to cater for a crowd too. Choose from a sit-down meal to a canapés party and drinks package. There’s a lovely private room at your disposal, which can accommodate up to 60 (standing), or if you’re feeling generous, you can hire the whole venue for up to 12 0 people. We love the confit duck croquettes, the gratinated crepes filled with
asparagus, creamy Emmental béchamel sauce and if you’re going full Gérard Depardieu, order the coq au vin.
DILLY DALLY 87 Rokeby Road If you’re looking for THE dish that encapsulates summer, for me there’s an obvious contender. The spaghettini, clams, peas and chilli plate at Dilly Dally is as pretty as a picture, especially when you’re eating it outside, on a balmy evening with all of Subi doing its thing around you. If you’re on the
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super-trendy orange wine bandwagon, then Patrick and the team at Dilly Dally have got you covered, thanks to their friends at Express Winemakers. So for an Italian-inspired festive office lunch with local passion thrown in for free, this is the place to be.
GEORGE’S MEZE 26 Denis Street The azure awning and bright white masonry immediately transports you to Subi’s very own Santorini. George’s Meze knows how to welcome you with open 6
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arms, and from your first ouzo to last glass of retsina, this could be your new favourite place to celebrate the summer holidays. For Christmas, they’re laying on a special menu (from $55 per person depending on which options you choose)
COLOURFUL CUISINE Above, head chef Caleb Azuka has burst onto the scene at his self-titled restaurant. Left, a night out at Lulu La Delizia always means a great time and sensational eats. Opposite, Meeka Restaurant will fulfil your modern Middle Eastern food cravings.
complete with Greek favourites like saganaki, kotopoulo (stuffed chicken with sun-dried tomatoes spinach, feta and olives) and baklava (of course). Whether it’s the festive season or just a long, sunny day in February, you’ll always find the cafe’s best seller on the menu - crispy fried calamari with aioli. Nostimo!
RESTAURANT CALEB 23 Railway Road Chef Caleb Azuka has injected bursts of colour on his plates after opening his self-named restaurant this spring. The rooftop restaurant’s Instagram feed is a kaleidoscope of vivid hues. It’s as if an entire art class was given free range to decorate the kitchen with purple edible flowers garlanding spaghetti and slow-cooked roo ragu. There are huge scallops in their shells, surrounded by sun-yellow sauce and napped in a claret-coloured jus. Then there’s the insanely fruity cocktails to sip under the big blue Perth skies as DJs spin the beats on weekend nights. Italy may be the cuisine
upon which chef Caleb draws his inspiration, but there’s a healthy shot of modern Aussie in his summer menu as well. He holds cheese-making classes too, pulling long sheets of mozzarella before your very eyes.
LULU LA DELIZIA 5/97 Rokeby Road If you’re looking for a quiet get-together, maybe choose another venue. Lulu La Delizia self-describes as ‘not a library’, so for a raucous night in the company of some of the Perth’s best pasta, this is your go-to place. Expect exuberant, confident use of extraordinary produce – like scarlet Northcliffe marron embracing a pile of fazzoletti (folds of thin pasta, like handkerchiefs) drenched in butter, or a crown of creamy burrata with unripe nectarines and Chardonnay vinaigrette. Come for the rowdy room, stay for the sensational cooking.
MEEKA RESTAURANT 361 Rokeby Road Head chef Leah Clarke began introducing diners
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it’s summer dining done right to the extraordinarily rich cuisine of the Middle East combined with modern Aussie panache alongside her mother, Faye. I suggest you try the Chef Selection, eaten in the alfresco area at the front of this popular venue. The banquet menu for Christmas ($65 per person) is the perfect way to feed the masses in style, with a whistle-stop tour through Morocco, Lebanon and other sun-kissed parts of the Middle East. Think tajine and spiced saffron pilaf, slow-cooked black garlic lamb shoulder with smoky eggplant purée, syrup-drenched pastries and memories for miles. It’s summer dining done right. 8
BE FREE ORGANICS 9D/531 Hay Street From tragedy, something beautiful has been born. Be Free Organics was created by husband and wife team Caillan and Alessia Richards after Alessia’s father was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. The pair turned to organic food to help ease his suffering and struggled to find much choice in Perth. Sadly he lost his battle in 2018 but the pair believe their dedication to providing him with nourishing, organic food in his last months added precious time. Be Free Organics opened earlier this year – right in the middle of COVID-19.
Undaunted, the couple have created a Scandi-inspired space for organic food and eco-friendly products to shine. Many are locally produced too - cutting down
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on food miles - and recycling and reusing keep cups and glass jars are encouraged. The range of homemade ready meals - frozen and fresh - is inspiring and
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also create their own special Mediterranean-inspired Christmas cake available from December 1 in small and large sizes. It’s also an excellent place to pick up a last minute gift - how about a Pottery for the Planet reusable cup, colourful tea towels printed with iconic Greek photography or artisan coffee and teas? BOUCLA
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delicious. How about No Butter No Chicken curry you just add your choice of protein to the homemade vegan coconutty sauce. Or how about tucking into some Goomalling beef lasagne, sourced from the 140km east of Perth, Little Earth Meats farm. You can eat in too and as you might expect, their Green Protein Bomb is just what the doctor ordered after a festive night out.
URBAN SOUL FOODS 85 Rokeby Road Paolo and Aimee Butto have recently added to their growing Urban Soul Foods empire with this store and although their motto might be ‘Nothing fancy, just love’, we think their approach to catering for friends and family is pretty fancy, actually. How about a summer desk feast, courtesy
Head to this busy spot if you’ve got vegos to feed. There are meat-free options including a pulled shitake mushroom burger on a vegan bun with vegan aioli and vegan chipotle. There’s a Fable mushroom bowl to go and their shakes are rad too. of their grazing box compiled with some of the delicious charcuterie, crackers and spreads they sell in-store? The deli counter is a source of inspiration too (especially if you love cheese). It’s the perfect one-stop shop if you’re putting together a special New Year’s postparty feast and we strongly encourage you to pick up some of Aimee’s sweet bakes for that sugar hit once you’ve left the dancefloor.
Their chocolate and ricotta cake, and sweet soufra custard in filo pastry makes a stunning centre piece for any festive table. They
BOUCLA 349 Rokeby Road If you’re looking for a different spin on Christmas dessert this year, we suggest you head over to Boucla.
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SEE OFF 2020 IN STYLE
If the thought of the festive season is making you dread the oncoming frenzy, we’ve got the solution - escape to Subiaco and have a drink instead. By SLOANE CARVELL
or many of us, Christmas means not only juggling family get togethers but also the stress of finding a spot for the office festive celebrations. I’m here to help keep the festive spirit intact with Subiaco spots which deliver on all fronts. Let’s drink to that.
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Old Values Subiaco is a bijoux bar that’s just like a big hug. And after the year 2020 has been, who doesn’t need one of those? Fitted out in rustic vibes with chandeliers, vintage bikes and old school bus seats, we’re all in for quirky nights spent chewing the fat. Delicious tapas and share boards, happy hours
and a cocktail list that ticks all the boxes for those in search of funky gins and espresso martinis, Guests are encouraged to let their festive hair down for the end of the year. They can host events up to 200 people with room to dance away 2020’s cares.
BARK SUBIACO 502 Hay Street
One of the smallest small bars in Subiaco is a cosy spot for escaping festive stress. Craft beers and locally produced spirits are in the spotlight here, and it’s the ideal intimate venue if you
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want to host a small but memorable summer bash. Depending on the size of your soirée, they have capacity for up to 50 and you can reserve an area, half the venue or entire venue with no venue hire fee. There is a beautiful decking area out the front which can also be booked and is lovely for summer evenings. With grazing boards, bites and bigger options like sliders and skewers, this is a good choice for a relaxed get-together. Got the morning after blues? Try the Bloody Mezcal where they’ve ditched the vodka and added a shot of Vida Mezcal instead to sort you out with a hair of the dog.
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In one of the most anticipated rejuvenations of the year, Subiaco Hotel has thrown its doors open to a new era, just in time for Christmas. Owners Dave Allan and Lawson Douglas bought the hotel last year and have spent the past 12 months revitalising and restoring this grand old lady, yet maintaining the venue’s architecture and 123-year-old heritage. Inside you’ll find new dedicated function spaces including Mezz Decks which float above the revamped courtyard space offering
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COCKTAIL CREATORS Above, the barmen at Bark Subiaco are masters of the cocktail art. Imaginative drinks served at Storehouse Restaurant and Bar. Left, Subiaco Hotel will be serving all the drinks. Opposite, pretty as a picture drinks at Old Values.
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Guests are encouraged to let their festive hair down for the end of the year
privacy from the hustle downstairs. There’s also the Sky Deck, a revamped roof space for up to 30 people. I can’t wait to see what the menu will be like - still a secret at the time of going to press. The smart money’s on slick service and inventive cocktails if their other venues are a benchmark.
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Vibe Hotel Subiaco, 9 Alvan Street
With rooftop views perfect for summer sunsets over the city, Storehouse at the new Vibe Hotel Subiaco is a welcome addition. Chef Mark Eskdale (ex-The Reveley) has been cooking around the world for 15 years, working under Michelin-starred chefs, and is now bringing his ethos of using fresh, local and sustainable produce to Subiaco. It’s best described as contemporary Australian, with food that is humanely
and sustainably sourced. For summer festive celebrations there are spritzes in the sunshine, including The Supritz, a pink watermelon and ginger twist on an Aperol Spritz or Jungle Bird (dark rum, Campari, fresh pineapple and lime). The wine list is loyally focused on wonderful Western Australian producers across our Great Southern and south west regions.
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10/531 Hay Street Finding somewhere that appeals to fussy office colleagues can be hard
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RAISE A GLASS There’s a bar to suit all tastes in Subiaco, from quirky spots like Old Values to friendly pubs like The Village Bar. They all serve delicious food too and can accommodate larger groups. OLD VALUES
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when organising the end of year get-together. You’ve got the cocktail crowd, the wine lovers and beer drinkers as well as with dietary requirements. It can be a bit of a headache even before the booze is consumed. The Village Bar is a great venue, offering a wide range
of options for functions and parties for your very own corporate village residents. With lots of room to spread out if you’re with a crowd, including private rooms, The Village Bar can cater for small groups of 20 people to cocktail parties for 200 with a large selection of grazing
boards, as well as cold and hot platters to make your work party memorable. If a sit-down meal is more your scene, their food menu is pretty expansive, from shared plates, to pasta and pizza and there’s plenty to keep veggie villagers happy too. There’s also an eclectic wine list which includes many Australian favourites and a wide selection of bottled and tap beers to quench a summer thirst.
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50 Subiaco Square
Refuge Small Bar is a craft beer bar in the heart of Subiaco. Specialising in
the best selections of fresh independent beers available from around the world, it’s a haven for beer lovers with individual tastes. Their focus is a high rotation of tapped as well as bottle and canned beers. Cocktails are crafted with care and change with the seasons, with classics like espresso martinis and sophisticated negronis as well as crowd pleasers like pavlova sours. The wine list also constantly changes offering fresh vintages. They can offer tailored packages for your function and it’s the perfect spot for sharing some bites and beers, whether you know your Lambic from your La Sirene Biere de Cerise or not. EDITION 2 | SUMMER 2020
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If a bar’s at capacity almost every night, then you can bet the owners are doing something right. Gail Williams meets Juanita’s head chef Luke Foyle. Images TABARAK SALMAN
hen Luke Foyle took over Juanita’s humble kitchen, he felt like he had stepped into a pair of comfortable old slippers. What made him so happy was a sandwich press, a domestic hotplate and a bench top deep fryer, all vastly different to the equipment he used in a former life as a fine dining chef at one of Perth’s top restaurants. (A)lure at Crown Perth was where, as a teenager, Foyle mastered the art of cooking with sous vide machines, teppanyaki grills, pizza ovens, blast chillers and blade flame cook tops. But 14 years on, while
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labouring day and night with his two business partners to freshen up their new bar venture, he rekindled his love affair with Subiaco and chucked his ego out the door. And without any whizzbang gadgetry or industry awards to vie for, he’s as happy as a puppy with a pig’s ear. “I was born in Subi and lived here until I was two before the family moved to Albany,” he says. “So coming back was like coming home. I couldn’t be happier than I am now. I love the community atmosphere here, regulars dropping in
who have become friends. And I love churning out the food I like with the basic equipment I have got.” Foyle – and his business partners, Jeremy Diaz and Anthony Princi who he previously worked with at Bivouac – are part of a new breed of hip hospitality dudes breathing new life into Rokeby Road while discovering its many charms.
When the trio bought Juanita’s from Murray Gill and Juanita Hille last December they found themselves in good company – Patrick Ryan and Jeremy Prus (Dilly Dally), Paul and Jaycinta Zammit (Lady of Ro), Dave Allan and Lawson Douglas (Subi Hotel) and, most recently, Larry Cherubino (Cherubino’s City Cellar). What do they all bring to the ‘Make Subi Cool
Again’ party? Truckloads of hospitality cred, that’s what. Foyle’s resumé alone reads like a flow chart for culinary caché with references from some of the most respected operators around. It goes back to 2006 when, on the day he passed his driving test, he set off from Albany with little more than a chef’s hat gleaned from Albany’s Esplanade Hotel. He was quickly scooped up by (A)lure restaurant, which was rated one of the best in Perth at the time. “I finished my apprenticeship there under
Sean Marco who was a huge mentor to me,” says Foyle. “I still make one of the dishes sometimes at home, the lobster ravioli, which people still talk about.” The experience equipped him with all the sophisticated cheffy skills and techniques to guarantee him a job almost anywhere. But his career took a casual Mediterranean turn when Michael Forde approached him to work at now defunct Mt Lawley’s Cantina 663. “I fell in love with that style of restaurant,” he says. He’s also done stints
SIMPLE PLEASURES Left, Luke Foyle, head chef at Juanita’s offers a simple menu, including duck liver parfait (below).
at Ace Pizza, Joe Beef in Montreal, The Old Crow in Newcastle Street and Mrs S in Maylands. But he’s perhaps best known for his Middle Eastern-inspired share plates such as goat shoulder braised in master stock, roasted eggplant and grilled haloumi at Bivouac. And that’s how, while working at Subiaco’s Lulu La Delizia, he was offered a chance to join his former bosses in what he calls “this crazy Juanita’s venture”. “I got a phone call from Jeremy saying this site had become available and asking me to go for a drink here,” he says. “I told him he had lost his mind. It wasn’t our vibe at all. It was full of brica-brac. It was all cluttered and cramped. Jeremy’s got this great power of seeing potential in things, while I can deal with the here and now and just focus on the labour and be the workhorse. But I trusted his instinct and here we are.” The trio threw themselves into repainting the walls, redoing the floors, opening up the side room and adding more couches and tall tables. “As we worked, I started falling in love with it,” says Foyle. “It’s an old house which had been turned into a corner art supplies store, and then Juanita’s. It just started to take on a life of its own.” And, it seems, the regulars have also fallen
in love with him. People from all walks of life and all demographics fill the 100-seater on a nightly basis. Along with the 82-year old lady who can sink a pint of beer faster than any tradie, it’s not unusual to see Little Creatures founder, Nic Trimboli and his wife, Rose, take up a leather couch, or Adam Gilchrist and wife, Mel, popping by to say “hello”. Subiaco councilor Murray Rowe is a familiar figure along with former Perth City Councilor Rob Butler. And it all adds up to one big friendly party with people table hopping and doing their best to talk bartender, Gianni, into making them a margarita. “We generally don’t do cocktails but if a customer wants one we will get them to ask who’s on to see if they will make one for them,” says Foyle. “That’s how we roll.” With limited kitchen space and minimum equipment Foyle has kept his menu brief – it’s listed on the blackboard along with the wine selections. There’s his signature duck liver parfait, a charcuterie selection and sliders. There’s also a definite focus on European wines along with the usual suspects such as New Zealand or Australian sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and French rosé. Our motto is “come as you are and drink what you like.” Sounds pretty good to me. EDITION 3 | SUMMER 2020
christmas gift guide
for her By BEVERLY LIGMAN (@thestyletrust)
Be it something sparkly or something practical, make her smile with a gift just for her.
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1. USA vintage rhinestone snake brooch, $300 @ Subiaco Antiques & Fine Jewellery
2. 1980s Sterling silver Italian Madonna charms, $65 and $70 @ Subiaco Antiques & Fine Jewellery 3. 1970s red gold vintage clip on earrings, $35 @ Subiaco Antiques & Fine Jewellery 4. Love Match: an Astrological Guide to Love and dating by Stella Andromeda, $19.99 @ Dymocks 5. Juliet Ruby Quartz earring by Mountain & Moon $150 @ Emporia 6. Elk Ink velvet pouch, $35 @ Spoilt at Subi
7. Kollab mini mat, $65 @ Spoilt at Subi 8. Christmas gift packs starting from $50 @ Lâ€™Occitane en Provence 9. South Sea pearl and diamond dress ring, $1,990 @ Smales Jewellers
10. Summer Sunkissed cheek & lip duo, $45 @ Mecca Cosmetica 11. Maybelline Lifter gloss, $9.47 @ Chemist Warehouse 14
12. XO Stone Set necklace, $12.95 @ DecJuba 13. Oak + Wonder Macrame earrings, $36.95 @ Spoilt at Subi 14. Caged nugget and keshi pearl bracelet, $3,750 @ Smales Jewellers
15. 12 Nights of Wine Advent Calendar, $50 @ BWS 16. Shanaya King wearing Smales Jewellers Hearts on Fire Jewellery
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Hard to buy for or easy peasy, there’s something here for every him… no matter what your budget may be.
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1. Gentleman’s Hardware Fisherman’s Friend, $49.95 @ Spoilt at Subi 2. Gentleman’s Hardware Adventure Camping Cutlery, $32.95 @ Spoilt at Subi 3. Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Pour Home, $49.99 @ Chemist Warehouse 4. Gents silver signet ring, $460 @ Subiaco Antiques & Fine Jewellery 5. Malin + Goetz Saving Face Kit, $152 @ Mecca Cosmetica
6. Nuance oil/vinegar pourer, $29.95 @ Table Culture 7. Diptique Limited edition Baies 1.5kg candle, $498 @ Mecca Cosmetica
8. L’occitane L’Occitan After Shave Balm, $34 @ L’Occitane en Provence 11
9. Teeling Small Batch Whiskey Glass Pack, $74 @ BWS 10. Star Wars Trivia game, $19.95 @ Spoilt at Subiaco 11. Organise a delish wine & cheese date night at (about to open) Cherubino City Cellar. it’s a win for both of you. 169-171 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
12. Kailis Mother of Pearl black enamel pen $95 @ Smales Jewellers 13. As Busy as a Bee lined A5 journal, $19.99 @ Dymocks 14. Kailis linear black leather business card holder, $125 @ Smales Jewellers
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Party dresses or games to play, give little ones something to make their eyes light up.
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1. Alimose Ava Angel Doll, $69 @ Spoilt at Subi 2. Crayola Creations fashion sticker lookbook, $11.99 @ Officeworks 3. The Painted Teapot gift voucher from $20-$100 can be booked online @ The Painted Teapot
4. Target kids frilled swimsuit, $20 @ Target 5. Montii Mrs Smoothie Cup, $24.95 @ Spoilt in Subi
6. Magic Wand kit, $20 @ Spoilt in Subi 7. Target Kids star tee, $12 @ Target 8. Target Kids tutu, $20 @ Target 9. Sparkles the Unicorn Recycled toy, $19 @ Woolworths 10. B Initial travel cup, $9.95 @ Officeworks 11. On the Go Scratch Art colour reveal pad, $9.99 @ Officeworks
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For someone at the office or that quirky friend, you donâ€™t need to spend much to shine at Kris Kringle.
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1.Devil’s Ivy pot, $6.99 plus pot, $2.99 @ Bunnings Warehouse
2. Wooden glitter stars, $5.99 each @ Bed, Bath & Table 3. Family Games Night kit, $32 @ Spoilt in Subi 4. Glasshouse ‘A Tahaa Affair’ Vanilla Caramel candle bauble, $14.95 @ Pharmacy 777 5. Byron Home triple scented soy candle, $12.99 @ Chemist Warehouse 6. Festive LED Ball Solar Light, $12 @ Target 7. Pink frame from a selection $5 @ Bed, Bath & Table 8. Flamingos 2021 calendar from $27 @ Crossways Newsagency
9. Slime baff, $9 @ Officeworks
10. La La Land Australian animal bauble, $9.95 @ Spoilt in Subi 11. Sisko Candied Hazelnut dark chocolate, $10.40 @ Simon Johnson 12. 90s Pop Music Trivia game, $19.95 @ Spoilt in Subi
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NEW AGE DAWNS FOR
old favourite The Subiaco Hotel is preparing to open its doors after a 12-month rejuvenation process. Gail Williams talks to its new owners. Images MATT JELONEK
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lunch, visiting celebrities, colourful entrepreneurs and a legion of die-hard faithful locals. So, it’s no wonder the beloved old gal, the Subi Hotel, was feeling a little bit jaded when – after five decades at the helm – lease holders Judy and Michael Monaghan called time. Along came Dave Allen and Lawson Douglas, two energetic young guns who were itching to revitalise one of their favourite watering holes from their student days. Not only do they share a passion for history and hospitality, they also know how to pull a perfect
pub is the backbone of the community. It is the third space, after home and the coffee shop where people feel at home. After a worldwide increase in pubs closing down they are now enjoying a renaissance. We love heritage buildings like the Subi and this will be a great meeting place for locals and now that we have given
IMAGE Curtin University Library Summerhayes Collection
sh . . . Subi! Psst! Quiet please! There’s a grand old lady about to retake centre stage on the corner of Hay Street and Rokeby Road. And she deserves your respect because this ain’t any old lady. This one’s been around for 123 years. She was pouring pints for thirsty timber workers when Queen Victoria was on the throne and serving sherries in her ladies parlour before Edmund Barton became Australia’s first Prime Minister. She’s played host to emerging rock bands, dart competitions, ladies who
pint and connect with their customers – part of the job description for any publican. They’ve worked that formula successfully at other historic pubs – the Rose Hotel in Bunbury, the Exchange in Kalgoorlie and their most recent venture, the Treendale Farm Hotel in Australind. Says Douglas: “The
ORIGINAL DRAWINGS Below, the original plans were drawn on linen. With thanks to Curtin University Library Summerhayes Collection
the building a new lease of life all we have to do is deliver a good product.” After taking over the Subi in September last year, they rolled up their sleeves, closed down the joint after COVID-19 restrictions were implemented, and have spent the past couple of months applying the finishing touches on their 12-month revitalisation project. And the doors are about to open on this reimagined iconic landmark – not with a bang or fireworks – but with a quiet gathering of Subi locals who have watched the transformation with interest. “No, we won’t have a big launch,” says Douglas. “The venue opens the week of November 30 to locals, hopefully all of Subi. After all, it’s their pub.” Douglas is reticent to put a ball park figure on the cost of the refurbishment which was carried out by Melbourne firm Technē Architecture and boasts a mix of contemporary and heritage in new entertaining spaces, two mezzanine decks above the old courtyard, a saloon and sports bar, bistro and a roof deck. And for those who complained about the upstairs bathrooms from the last renovation, yes, they have been moved back down to the ground floor. Douglas is also staying mum on the other hotly anticipated question: who is the chef?
“No comment,” he says. “But expect gastropub food with healthy contemporary options. The point of difference will be everything will be made in-house from pickles, to sauces, stocks and dressings. We will support local producers such as Stirling Ranges beef, local Berkshire pork and our own bakery which started out in the Subiaco markets years ago.” On the menu will be burrata salads, poke bowls, steaks and parmis, Fremantle sardines and seafood pastas. What no bangers and mash? The Subi favourite for over two decades?
A historic landmark According to Curtin University’s library, which along with the Subiaco Museum houses some historic images and documents of the Subiaco Hotel, the original plan for the venue was ‘drawn on linen, hand-coloured with some pencil alterations and shows elevations to Hay
No, sometimes – as the grand old lady sings – you have to write your own place into history.
Street and Rokeby Road.’ It originally had a distinctive turret and verandahs but these were removed in due course in the late 1950s and 60s due to termite damage. It’s one of the few existing hotels in Western Australia built in the Federation Romanesque style.
GRAND OLD LADY The Subiaco Hotel is ready for its next chapter after new owners Dave Allen and Lawson Douglas, opposite, bought the venue last year.
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There’s plenty to keep you occupied in Subiaco this summer, from Christmas celebrations to country music at the Regal Theatre.
SUMMER IN SUBIACO SHOP IN STYLE Looking for something unique to put in those Christmas stockings? We’ve got the answer - and you’ll be supporting Subiaco’s special independent stores with each purchase. This December, the Christmas Style Series will run from December 1 to 20 and include a range of free and ticketed events across beauty, fashion, homewares and lifestyle venues. The events will showcase both the old and new stars in Subiaco, redefine 26 EXPLORE SUBIACO
remerging classics such as the Subiaco Hotel and attract customers from surrounding suburbs by unveiling some of Subiaco’s beauty heroes in the lead up to Christmas. Watch out for the Series very own local ‘influencers’ who are each involved in the program, and include: • Best friends and beauty experts Paris Rose from Paris Rose Hair Artistry • Chloe Sherrell from Olive and July • Secret Skincare
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founders, Dr Clara Hurst and Dr Deb Cohen-Jones • Jarrad Briotti, founder of Suit Vaul • Stylists Bianca Edwards and Jo Holmes, from
BANJO pre-loved designer sales • Bespoke florist Sarah Levitt, from Scapes by S and Table Culture. For more information, visit seesubiaco.com.au/ styleseries
DON’T MISS . . . December 3, 10am to noon: Live floral window installation at Table Culture with Scapes by S floristry.
ALL ABOARD THE SANTA EXPRESS LIBBY HAMMER
December 4, 6pm to 7.30pm: Summer Beauty Masterclass with Paris Rose Artistry and Olive and July at their stunning salons. December 8, 10am to noon: Banjo (Personal stylists Bianca Edwards and Jo Holmes) sale at Dilly Dally restaurant. December 16, 7.30am to 9.30am: The Secret Skincare’s Beauty Panel & Breakfast: Learn the science behind the brand, at newly opened Storehouse Restaurant and Bar.
SING SOME SEASONAL CHEER Make a date for a special treat to mark the festive season featuring A Cappella West and The Libby Hammer Quintet. An award-winning female vocal harmony chorus, A Cappella West will sing a mix of beautifully arranged Christmas songs and well-loved traditional
carols. Then afterwards, join Libby Hammer and her band for a swingin’ program of festive holiday tunes, including the chance to join in. A fun and heart-warming concert to share with family and friends in the lead up
to Christmas. An Auslan interpreter will be on stage for this concert. sunset@subi Christmas Concert, Theatre Gardens, Subiaco Arts Centre, December 20, 5pm to 7pm.
Celebrating Christmas 2020 is the perfect way to bring the whole community together to have fun and really enjoy our special place. Subiaction, supported by See Subiaco, is staging a night of rolling entertainment for the whole family with activations, music, dancing, food and singing – lots of singing – from The Salvation Army Band Carols to Christmas Carols Karaoke. There will also be performances by school choirs, a Christmas jazz band, romantic Italian, soaring opera, sultry tango, and pop rock with the WA Performance School. Rokeby Road will be buzzing from the Subiaco Train Station to Bagot Road, and if you don’t want to walk all the way, you can take the Santa Express (a.k.a. Ruby the Tram) for hop-on-hop-off transport. Santa will ride the tram EDITION 3 | SUMMER 2020
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with his elf before he arrives at Forrest Walk at 6pm to meet the children. The action hubs are at Park Lane, Barker Road, Forrest Walk, Hiddlestone Lane, Regal Theatre, and Subiaco Train Station. For more information about all of the above, visit seesubiaco.com.au 28 EXPLORE SUBIACO
ROKEBY ROAD WILL BE BUZZING FROM THE TRAIN STATION TO BAGOT ROAD
REGAL THEATRE OPENS ITS DOORS The Regal Theatre is welcoming audiences again with a raucous comedy show lined up for December and a special treat for country music lovers in February. AMERICAN TRAILER TRASH, December 12, 1.45pm Starring Jimmy ‘Seppo’ Kuratz, expect a deep dive into taboo subjects that modern society says you’re not allowed to talk about. This show is edgy,
introspective, offensive, philosophical and (be warned) RUDE! It’s also darkly humored to make you laugh, cry, think, and wonder why a redneck might really want to be an Aussie bogan. THE AMERICAN COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW, February 5, 7.30pm Rescheduled from October 2020, don’t miss international vocalists Barry Gee, Tracie Redding and Rosie O’Brien and the American Country Show Band, paying homage to country music and featuring
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songs by Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Johnny Cash.
THURSDAY10 10December DECEMBER Thursday 5pm - 8pm 5pm-8pm
Rokeby Road is the place for a Festive night of music, dancing, food, singing, kids activities, and of course, Santa. Hop on the Santa Express to visit the action hubs between Subiaco Train Station and Bagot Road.
A Subiaction event proudly supported by
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WHY I LOVE
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ADRIAN BARICH, sports commentator for 7West and former AFL and rugby league player, is a proud Subiaco resident of over 25 years. He shares his favourite spots in the suburb he calls home. What’s your go-to place for a morning coffee in Subiaco? What do you always order? You’ll find me at Little Rokeby Cafe most mornings, probably with our three pugs in tow. What other suburb could you walk around with a “grumble” of pugs and not get strange looks? I always order a small oat milk flat white and most times, three dog biscuits plus possibly a cinnamon scroll (they have the best ones in Perth). You’re meeting friends for dinner – where do you head to? I think the company at Bistro Felix is pretty special, Jeremy is quite a character and he’s a bit of a Subi legend. My casual go-to place is Edo Japanese, where I recently clocked up 15 years as a customer. The boss gave me a four-pack of Somersby Sparkling Rosé to 30 EXPLORE SUBIACO
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mark the occasion. Funnily enough, I always order the same thing! I reckon over the last two decades I’ve tried just about every eating spot in Subiaco and can generally recommend places to eat based on cuisine and cost. For example, I lament the loss of Funtastico for the unavailability of their pizzas but also know Delisio is very good. What are you looking forward to during the festive season in Subiaco? Spending time at my friends Larry and Winnie’s new cellar door, Cherubino City Cellar. It’s a venue that will really add something unique to our Subiaco community,sitting in Rokeby Road. .
What do you love about Subi? There are too many things to name as really I’m the suburb’s biggest fan but here’s five: 1. The Subi Farmers Market 2. The Subi Tram called Ruby.
3. The Subiaco Theatre Gardens. 4. Dog walking on Rosalie Park early in the morning. 5. The Jacaranda blooms in October and November.
Did you know there are over 10,000 parking bays in the City of Subiaco? The best thing about it is – parking is FREE in Subiaco on weekends and after 5pm during the week. To find out where, visit subipark.com.au.
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RESTAURANT 1 Bed, Bath & Table CALEB 2 BWS D A O 3 Chemist Warehouse R AY 4 Cherubino City Cellar ILW STOREHOUSE RESTAURANT A R 5 Crossways Newsagency 5. & BAR/VIBE HOTEL 6 Decjuba 7 Dymocks BARK SUBIACO Emporia 8 9 L’Occitane en Provence BE FREE ORGANICS OLD VALUES 10 Mecca Cosmetica FORREST WALK DILLY DALLY Officeworks 11 VILLAGE BAR 19 16 GEORGES MEZE 12 Pharmacy 777 9 LULU LA DELIZIA FORREST STREET 13 Simon Johnson 3 Smales 14 14 Spoilt 15 Subiaco Antiques 16 & Fine Jewellery BARKER ROAD 4 17 Table Culture 6 18 Target 14 19 The Painted Teapot 1 20 Woolworths
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Come into Subiaco to eat, drink and shop! There’s multiple car parks throughout the town centre that are FREE on weekends and after 5pm during the week!