We’re lucky that in Perth that the Swan doesn’t divide us like the Yarra does Melbourne. And yet… the south-siders have reason to be more than a little envious. There’s awesome shopping in Northbridge, restaurants in Mt Lawley and bars in Leederville. Sure, the south has Fremantle, but after that? Well, it turns out that Victoria Park is starting to make a name for itself.
It’s still a little rough around the edges, but if you know where to look, there are a lot of great businesses opening in Vic Park. A great example is the Precinct, a restaurant open three meals a day, seven days a week.
The week-old restaurant’s interior has been decorated to reflect the gritty, industrial and urban landscape outside its doors. The cement floors are left rough, the lights are covered in cages and brick walls wear murals by local artist Marek Szyler.
The Precinct’s chef Richard Tyhy hails from Vancouver, and the Canadian influence is evident. For tapas, there are stand-outs like spicy turkey wings and pork scrunchions (a Newfoundland term for pork rind). The steak comes with a cola jus, the fries with a pepper ketchup.
We don’t know if the desserts are Canadian, but we do know they’re delicious. The citrus, chocolate salad is our favourite. A light, fresh and tart finish to a great meal.
But even more refreshing? The prices. The tapas cost around $12, the mains $25 and desserts are $10. You’d be hard pressed to find prices like in a respectable restaurant north of the river.
If only the Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor would approve their liquor licence… Now that’s a problem that both sides of the river are all too familiar with.
(Also published in AgendaCity)