It’s Wednesday, you’re half way through the week, or possibly just starting it, depending on the industry you work in. Either way, you’ve been working, and it’s time to wind down. Feel like cooking? Of course not! So here are some top recommendations for a hassle free, mid-week dinner that’ll make you feel warm, fuzzy and perfectly satisfied.
There is something special about food that is made to be shared on a Wednesday night, Enrique’s serves up just that. For $20pp, you can grab meatballs for two that come doused in a complex, warming Spanish tomato sauce with fresh, warm bread, and a glass of wine or beer. For an extra $10 you can add patatas bravas and coleslaw that adds a little more diversity to the meal.
By the way, it’s a substantial amount of food but the staff will make you super comfortable, keep you watered while you eat and thankfully, there’s a host of gin for you to try while you eat.
Head to? 484 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Ah, paella. Again, food to share is fantastic and what more could you want than a great, big plate of chicken, manchego and mushroom paella? Matched with a glass of wine the $40 dinner is hard to walk past. The paella is massive and so full of flavour. There’s so much on the menu that you could add if you wanted something more (like the Brussel sprouts), but the serving is enough for two.
If you’re after another glass of wine, speak to the guys at the bar. They have an excellent selection of wine (well all booze, really) and will be able to match something to the food or how you’re feeling. If you’ve got the room for dessert, just order everything, it’ll be worth the pain of waddling home with your pants slightly undone.
Head to? 566 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
If you’re looking for something a little fancier, Mary’s is your place. By day, the venue on the corner of Mary Street and Beaufort opens as the bustling, busy Mary Street Bakery, offering breakfast/brunch and lunch foods including their donuts (eat their donuts). In the evenings, from Wednesday to Saturday, it is transformed into Mary’s. Mary’s is an outstanding modern Korean/Australian restaurant where you are almost guaranteed to hear Faith by George Michael playing on their record player at some point throughout the night.
Grab the $45 banquet, which is guaranteed to fill you up beyond belief. The three courses start with small, bite-sized pieces of food; ceviche, olives; chicken skins (oh my god – by the way). Then you move to the second course with larger, slightly heavier dishes, which includes the black rice and avocado salad, which is possibly the best salad to ever been served. To anyone. Ever.
Then comes dessert. There aren’t event words, but a bit of advice, ask for a break between the last two courses. Drink some soju and ask Alex, the sommelier for wine recommendations. Don’t try and do the banquet quickly. This is the place for a nice, relaxed, paced dinner.
Head to? 507 Beaufort Street, Highgate
There aren’t many venues that serve food, which allow you to bring your own food in. Thankfully, we have 399.
For a more relaxed experience, head over there and order from any of the restaurants in the area (you can get food delivered to your table) or delve into their small eats menu. The small list (bree, Turkish bread with beetroot relish, meatballs, dumplings, olives, chorizo, and sweet potato chips) is made for sharing and is so reasonably priced. $7 each or three for $19 means you can dive in and have lots of little bits without breaking the bank.
399 also have a super extensive booze range, especially beers (40+), so relax, listen to the awesome music, have a chat with the bartenders and enjoy some beers and nibbles. It’s pretty perfect.
Head to? 399 William Street, Perth
On a Wednesday, the guys host Unamped Sessions, so on top of great cocktails, you can sit back and relax, listening to some great local musicians while chowing down on some hot dogs.
Yep, on a Wednesday from 6pm, That Naughty Food Truck set up shop at the back of the venue and whip up different hot dogs and some awesome duck fat roasted potatoes.The potatoes come covered in absolute greatness, and and you can also get your hands on one of Perth’s best chilli dog. That’s right. You can listen to live music, drink cocktails and eat chilli dogs. Stick a fork in me, I’m done!
Head to? Brookfield Place 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth