August 4, 2022

Perth’s Latest in Food and Drink – July 5, 2022

Chicho Gelato expands to Fremantle
For Chicho Gelato co-owners Carly and Cesare De Bartolo, opening in Fremantle feels a lot like coming home. “Our plans have always been to open our second store in Freo,” says Cesare who grew up in Fremantle. “This store pays homage to gelaterias of yesteryear like Benny’s Gelati and Azzurra. I have such fond childhood memories enjoying ice cream and doing the passeggiata [“leisurely social stroll” in Italian].” Taking over the former PADI dive shop on the corner of Market and Cantonment streets in Fremantle’s West End, the new Chicho Gelato Fremantle is open seven days and brings together new wave ice creams – from Chicho classics such as the chocolate brownie to the mint and salted caramel cracker be joined by Freo-only exclusives and the option to top the ice cream with whipped cream swirls. There’s also a cool, lo-fi aesthetic featuring recycled materials and a bespoke light piece made by Remington Matters.

Mexico lands in Chinatown
You and I both know Paul Bentley as the chef responsible for the imaginative Italian cuisine served at Si Paradiso and Casa. : When our man appears on Astral Weeks this month as part of the hi-fi bar’s Sunday Service series, he’ll be referring to another one of his culinary interests: cocina Mexicana. (Bentley, it should be noted, also owns restaurants and taquerias in Mexico and Hawaii, and is the originator of Scarborough’s El Grotto menu.) Tacos will be the name of the game, although tacos spiced up of zero bells or whistles. “It will be like buying tacos on the street in Melbourne,” says Bentley. “Expect a paper plate vibe and no microgreens and no germs.” The evening menu will feature classic taco toppings, including carne asada (grilled beef) and cochinita (a slow-cooked pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula) tucked into tortillas from La Tortilla. The party starts from 4 p.m. (food service starts at 6 p.m.) on Sunday, July 17.

Discover an emerging Southwest destination
Bunbury and the Ferguson Valley: a new cultural hub in the South West? That’s the impression you get after perusing the lineup for Lost & Found – a four-day program (September 8-11) focusing on the area’s food, arts and crafts attractions. Highlights this year include a Middle Eastern rosé feast, a cabernet candlelit dinner and stand-up comedy at the city’s new Froth Brewery. More details and ticket sales available online.

Two winegrowers walk into a tequila bar…
Wherever Yoko Luscher-Mostert and Andries Mostert go, fun and delicious drinks tend to follow. Guests can expect a lot of both when the husband-and-wife winemaking team behind Brave New Wine teams up with South Fremantle’s La Cabaña on Wednesday, July 13. Together they prepare a four-course dinner, pairing the couple’s renegade, expressive wines with chef Ben Fossilo’s Mexican-inspired cuisine and the typically fun chat of Luscher-Mostert. Tickets cost $120 and are available online.

A shore thing
Rodney’s Bait and Tackle — arguably the best (unironically) ocean-themed bar in the state — is now open for lunch Friday and Saturday. Translation: Land dwellers now have more opportunities to latch onto Rodney’s seafood-focused menu, which includes salt-and-pepper calamari, grilled whiting tacos and barramundi burgers. Crisp drinks and laid-back service are other hallmarks of this friendly neighborhood haunt.