Nestling on the prime of the “old New Esplanade” lodge which has been completely upgraded, renovated, re-jigged and reworked into Perth’s newest boutique lodge, Quay Perth, is their rooftop bar and eating room, HQ Bar and Kitchen. This in all probability has the best outlook of any of the rooftops round city, wanting down and over because it does to Elizabeth Quay, the river and the South Perth skyline throughout the water.
The bar at one finish of the area is counterpoised by the eating space on the different, with lounges and coffee tables separating the 2 – all having fun with these views. Out entrance, via glass doorways is a balcony with extra desk and chairs for these hotter nights.
The meals has an Asian twist, and the wine listing a small however fascinating vary of wines from round Australia and abroad. We started with a glass of Snake and Herring Dirty Boots Cabernet Sauvignon, sitting on the sofa earlier than adjourning to a desk subsequent to the window with a bottle of Frankland River Malbec from Ferngrove and ordered a couple of dishes – starting with whitebait, crisply fried in a batter juiced up with Chinese Five Spice – a lemon slice to squeeze over and a bowl of bitter cream to dip.
Asparagus fritters caught our eye and these turned out to be asparagus spears, battered and deep fried with a splash of vinegary dressing scattered with shavings of lemon grass; the batter crisp, the asparagus snappy and crunchy.
Our remaining selection – giant prawns, fried of their shell, together with a sauce of salted egg yolk, sitting on a nest of crisp potato straws, vibrant purple goji berries scattered by way of the dish. The prawns have been on track so far as flavour and texture went, and have been my dish of the night time.
Each of the dishes was nicely turned out, seemed good on the plate and hit all the proper notes and have been all of considerable measurement – my solely slight gripe was all of them got here directly which crowded the desk considerably – we might have most popular the snack – the whitebait – to return out earlier than the 2 mains however maybe I had not made that clear when ordering.
We had been considering of one of many bao buns on supply – two particularly appealed – one with battered oyster mushrooms, pickled greens, hoisin mayo and sliced chilli; the opposite barramundi, with pickled greens, candied yuzu and sriracha mayo – they should look forward to a return go to. As will any of the desserts – of which Redgum honeycake with pistachio ice cream and chocolate lava with egg yolk custard are amongst these.
HQ Bar and Kitchen solely opened final week, however with its completely knockout views, and the standard of the meals and wine I can see this as turning into a very fashionable hang-out. Get alongside and test it out!